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Week 7/8. Putting MC to Work: Institutional Accommodation. Multicultural Challenges. Create an inclusive Canada - “integrated, socially cohesive Canada” Create accommodative institutions

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Week 7 8

Week 7/8

Putting MC to Work:

Institutional Accommodation


Multicultural challenges
Multicultural Challenges

  • Create an inclusive Canada

    - “integrated, socially cohesive Canada”

  • Create accommodative institutions

    “make institutions more responsive to the needs/disadvantages of Canada’s diverse population to ensure no one is excluded

    From Annual Report, MC, 2009/2010


Institutional accommodation or inclusion inclusivity
Institutional Accommodation or Inclusion/inclusivity

  • Definition

  • Process + framework

  • adjusting institutional design, rules, operation, climate, rewards to reasonably accommodate minority disadvantages

  • to make workplace more reflective, respective, responsive

    (both more neutral yet accommodative)

  • Creating a service that is available, accessible, appropriate


Reasonable accommodation
Reasonable Accommodation

  • Doing what is workable, necessary, and fair

  • Within limits

  • Without undue hardship

  • Reactive + proactive


Problematizing the concept of institutional accommodation
Problematizing the concept of institutional Accommodation

  • What is social exclusion?

    shut out of participation resulting in discrimination/marginal/alienation

  • What is social inclusion?

    - ensure no one is excluded for reasons beyond control

    - treat everyone the same or different everyone differently?

    * Is inclusivity about changing attitudes or structures?

    * Is it about colour blindness/institutional neutrality or about incorporating as much diversity as possible






Media minorities inclusivity
Media, Minorities, & Inclusivity

  • Why are media important?

  • What is the problem?

  • How is problem expressed?

  • Explaining why problem exists?

    - attitudes (prejudice/racism)

    - structure of media

    - media as soft propaganda

  • Is there still a problem?

    - entertainment vs news


Media life
Media Life

  • Powerful (we live in media, not with media)

  • Public discourse, agenda setting, role modelling

  • Preliminary/Only point of contact

  • Media framing

    (organize info to draw attention to encourage preferred reading consistent with media bias)

    * Media Not Neutral but ….



Coverage of minority diversity
Coverage of Minority Diversity

  • Globe and NP headlines from 2009-10

  • Globe = 383 headlines

    = +53, -255

  • NP = 417 headlines

    = +25, -311

    TOTAL +10%. - 70%


Inclusivizing education
Inclusivizing Education

  • Monocultural Education

  • Multicultural Education as Inclusive Education

  • Types of MC Education

  • Anti Racist education (vs MCE)



Test no 1
Test no 1

  • Place – here

  • Time 7-9 Wed, Nov 7

  • Snow date – nov 14

  • Content – class material + text (ch 1, 9, 10, 11)

  • Format – MC + Short Answers


Sample questions
Sample Questions

  • MC

    1 What sociological dimension is emphasized in this course?

    a) social b) cultural c) historical d) economic

  • Which of the following is NOT a sociological perspective for studying REA relations?

    a) functionalism b) conflict c) symbolic d) pluralism

  • Short Answer (3 sentences each)

    1 Symbolic interactionist approach to multiculturalism

    2 Conflict theory: Marxist vs Feminist