|Due By (Pacific Time)||12/03/2016 12:00 am|
If you do not have a personal connection to a specific issue, or if you have not yet identified a particular issue of interest, following are some broad research questions that can guide you in the preparation of your final project exam, but remember to narrow your own topic down according to your own interests:
What is the historical connection between liberalism and multiculturalism policy in Canada?
What does the constitutional mandate in Article 27 of the Charter of Rights and Freedomsâ€• that directs the interpretation of the Charter “in a manner consistent with the preservation and enhancement of the multicultural heritage of Canadians”â€• represent for the way diversity is lived and perceived in Canada? Is multiculturalism part of the Canadian identity?
How does Canada's approach to multiculturalism compare to that of other nations?
What is the historical basis of Quebec's claim to special treatment in Canada?
In what way has Canada's response to its First Nations evolved?
What inter-generational differences might exist in immigrant families between parents and children, in terms of their integration to Canadian society? What are the effects of these differences?
What is intersectionality and why did this perspective emerge in the study of inequality?
What is one important consequence of socio-economic inequality within Canada and in what way has it been dealt with if at all?
Trace the historical relationship between a disadvantaged minority in Canada and the Canadian state and/or society. Expand on the kind of accommodations or successes that have been achieved as well as the failures and pending issues.
Choose a topic of personal interest or connection to you. For instance, perhaps you belong to a family of recent immigrants or a national minority and have experienced the effects of discrimination, or you are interested in the issue of recognition. If you belong to any of the minorities discussed in the course, or have a close connection to one of them, you may identify with specific issues and want to learn more. Try to choose a topic to which you can relate personally.
Make sure you narrow your topic down by focusing on one of its specific aspects or areas. Before you do this, you need to start your literature review (research) to become more knowledgeable about the broad topic that tickles your curiosity and to tease out its various aspects. This assignment will allow you to go deeper in your understanding of your specific, narrowed-down topic; choosing too broad a topic will result in a superficial essay.
Start your literature review early! This review is an opportunity to learn more about the broad topic that you are interested in and to find the specific aspect that you want to focus on and appropriately narrow down.
After you know more about your chosen topic, try to get your own voice down on paper by writing out the questions that you have in your mind. Then, research to explore your own thinking further, to learn what others think about the issue, and to find facts that support or refute your initial views.
Answer the questions that were on your mind, and keep a good set of research notes to help you to develop your thoughts and define a clear thesis.
On the basis of the evidence that you have found in your research, put together an essay outline in which you define a thesis and all the elements that need to be addressed to prove it.
Complete a 2000–2200 word term paper on your chosen topic. You will be expected to address your topic using the conceptual framework developed in the course, within a relevant sense of history, and drawing on sound documented arguments and sociological evidence as required.
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