Sociology (SOCI) 380

Canadian Ethnic Relations (Revision 2)

SOCI 380

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None. SOCI 287 or SOCI 288 is strongly recommended.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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SOCI 380 introduces the study of ethnic and minority group relations from a Canadian perspective. A series of topics illustrate the diversity in historical background and contemporary social status of a variety of ethnic groups in Canada. The course also analyzes some of the theoretical problems associated with the study of ethnic and race relations in a multicultural society.

This course examines several major theoretical approaches currently used in sociological research on ethnic and minority group relations. Each of these perspectives is applied to a range of topics in Canadian ethnic relations including, for example, social stratification and ethnic inequalities in Canada, the myths of multiculturalism and assimilationism, the historical exploitation of immigrants in Canada, immigration and race relations, visible minorities in the Canadian mosaic, Canada’s Aboriginal peoples, Quebec and the French in Canada, the politics of separatism, and multiculturalism.


Sociology 380: Canadian Ethnic Relations is divided into nine units.

  • Unit 1: The Sociology of Ethnic and Minority Group Relations
  • Unit 2: Theoretical Perspectives of Ethnic and Minority Group Relations
  • Unit 3: Social Class and Ethnic Inequality in Canada
  • Unit 4: Race and Racism in Canada
  • Unit 5: Gender Differences and Inequality
  • Unit 6: Immigration and Race Relations
  • Unit 7: Canada’s First Nations: The Special Problems of Aboriginal Minorities
  • Unit 8: Quebec and the French Fact in Canada
  • Unit 9: Multiculturalism and Its Discontents


To receive credit for SOCI 380, you must achieve a minimum grade of D (50 percent) on the final examination, and a minimum composite course grade of D (50 percent) for the entire course. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Telephone Quiz 10%
Assignment 1 20%
Assignment 2 20%
Assignment 3 20%
Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Bibby, R. W. (1990). Mosaic madness: Pluralism without a cause. Toronto: Stoddard.

Fleras, A. (2017). Unequal relations: An introduction to race, ethnic, and Aboriginal Dynamics in Canada (8th ed.). Pearson.

Hill, L. (2001). Black berry, sweet juice: On being black and white in Canada. Toronto: Harper Collins.

Rioux, M. (1978). Quebec in question (J. Boake, Trans.). Toronto: Lorimer.

Wagamese, R. (2002). For Joshua: An Ojibway father teaches his son. Toronto: Doubleday.

Yamagishi, N. R. (2017). Japanese Canadian Journey: The Nakagama story. Edmonton, Alberta: Mugo Pine Press.

Other Material

The course materials include a study guide, a course manual online, and a reading file.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the SOCI 380 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least C- (60 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, April 3, 2012

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