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Religion in Canadian Francophone Communities
Introduces students to the socio-cultural and religious realities of French-language communities in Canada, from the 19th century to today. Ce cours introduit les étudiants aux réalités socio-culturelles et religieuses des communautés de langue française au Canada, due 19e siècle à nos jours.
This online and distance course aims to introduce students to the socio-cultural and religious realities of French-language communities in Canada, from the 19th century to today, with particular attention to Québec, French Canadians outside Québec, Acadians and French-speaking First Nations in Canada. The main objective is to offer an overview of these communities and the challenges they face, including questions of assimilation, education, linguistic rights and the roles played by Churches and religion among them.
This course is divided into 12 units, comprised of textual, audio and video learning resources. Each unit is organized around a geographical and chronological theme, in accordance with the teaching and marking conventions and requirements established at Queen's University. Evaluations must be handed in at specified dates, according to the class schedule established by the lecturer.
This course is entirely bilingual. All teaching material, all units and all communications with the students are entirely available in both Canada's official languages. Not all reading material will be the same between the two languages, however, because not all English-language studies on the topic are available in French, and the reverse. Nevertheless, great care has been put in selecting the readings, to make sure they are equivalent in length, quality and difficulty.
This course is open to all interested students, from Queen's or from other universities in Canada through distance education. Particular focus is placed on students in History, Religious Studies and those currently studying for Ordained Ministry.
In addition to the lessons, the readings that compliment each written lecture are designed to provide a range of perspectives and represent diverse interpretations. This is intended to help you think critically about the subtlety and nuances of difference, and how religious and political decisions over the decades have both helped and hindered different groups. Inevitably you will need to know some key names and dates; but it is impossible for anyone to memorize everything, especially over the course of four months. Indeed, this is not the objective of this course. You should end the course with a solid understanding of the events that unfolded since the 19th century. Names, terms or dates that might appear on the final exam have been highlighted in bold for each lesson. It is recommended that you make a list for yourself of the information that has been highlighted so that you have it to study for the final exam.
Weeks 5 and 10
At least one thoughtful posting
2x5% = 10%
19 April 2012
About the Assignments
There are two assignments and a final exam for this course. You must complete both assignments and pass the final exam in order to pass this course.
Participation: Questions on the forum, 2x5% (10% total), questions posted on weeks 5 and 10, at least one comment per forum question. Latest possible participation on February 13th and Mars 31st respectively.
On February 4th and on March 18th, I will post questions on Moodle's discussion forum. The questions will be about the class material up to that week. You are asked to participate in the discussion. You must participate at least once per forum question in order to be awarded the points for this discussion.
At-Home Final Exam, due 19 April 2013
The at-home final exam will be made up of three short essay questions. It will only focus on the video, audio and textual lesson material. Key information has been put in bold in the textual lessons so that you can keep track of it throughout the course of the term.
The at-home exam questions and instructions will be made available on the last day of the term, Friday April 5th, 2013, through Moodle. Your responses are due April 19th, 2013.
To activate your Queen’s NetID and access Moodle or visit https://netid.queensu.ca/activate
Only students with proper documentation will receive extensions. There will be a late penalty of 2% per day (that includes weekends) for each day an assignment is late. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS WITHOUT PROPER MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION. If there is a death in the family documentation must also be provided. Late assignments will NOT be accepted after assignments have been marked and handed back to students. Students granted an extension or those with medical certificates will be given a different assignment.
It is understood that many of you have other commitments over the course of the semester and as such due dates may prove difficult at times – please note there are no penalties for handing an assignment in early!
Before class begins
0.0 Introduction to course organization and content
0.1 Video presentation
0.2 Readings: Syllabus, course schedule and assignment guidelines
1.0 19 th -century Québec society
1.1 Video: Thinking about Québec as a minority society?
1.2 Lesson: The Québec Church-Nation and Canadian Anglo-Protestants
1.3 Readings: on Moodle
2.0 20 th - and 21 th -century Québec society
2.1 Audio: From a Catholic province to a non-religious nation?
2.2 Lesson: The dismantling of the Québec Church-Nation
2.3 Readings: on Moodle
3.0 French Canadians outside Québec and the Catholic Church
3.1 Audio: Church as cultural fortress
3.2 Lesson: Survivance at all costs
3.3 Readings: on Moodle
4.1 Audio: Church as rampart
4.2 Lesson: Using religion as a means of resisting assimilation
4.3 Readings: on Moodle
Assignment ONE is due during week 4
Latest possible due date is February 3rd, 2013
5.0 French Canadians in Western Canada
5.1 Audio: Church as community-founding institution
5.2 Lesson: It all starts with internal migration...
5.3 Readings: on Moodle
Questions up on the forum
6.0 The Métis and other French-speaking First Nations
6.1 Audio: Paradoxical assimilation
6.2 Lesson: The ups and downs of syncretism
6.3 Readings: on Moodle
7.0 French-speaking Protestants, 19 th and 20 th centuries
7.1 Audio: Interview with Rev. Stéphane Vermette
7.2 Lesson: Protestantism as a means of Othering
7.3 Reading: on Moodle
8.1 Audio: From non-clerical to priest-ridden and back again
8.2 Lesson: The Catholic Church, Acadians, Irishmen and the State
8.3 Reading: on Moodle
9.0 Francophones in the United Church of Canada
9.1 Audio: Interview with Rev. Stéphane Vermette
9.2 Lesson: Always a minority, always overlooked
9.3 Reading: on Moodle
Assignment TWO due during week 9
Latest possible due date is March 17th, 2013
10.0 French-speaking Immigrants since 1945
10.1 Audio: Furthering the process of Othering
10.2 Lesson: Immigration, race, “ethnic communities”, and “reasonable accommodations”.
10.3 Reading: on Moodle
Questions up on the forum
11.0 Assimilation, mixed marriages and the “new Churches”
11.1 Audio: “In what Church are we getting married, honey?”
11.2 Lesson: Parallel linguistic and religions assimilations
11.3 Reading: on Moodle
12.0 Religious Practice among Francophones today
12.1 Video: What happens when the Catholic Church is not longer a rampart?
12.2 Lesson: The efficacy of Evangelical Churches?
12.3 Reading: on Moodle
At-home Final Exam
Upload your responses on Moodle
on April 19, 2013 at the latest.
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
It is the responsibility of each student to ensure s/he has access and is familiar with all reading material. The readings can be divided into two categories:
- Weekly Readings: One or two academic articles or research papers have been associated with each week’s topic and are related to that week’s themes. These readings are available electronically through the Course Reading List page on Moodle.
- Book: For the book review assignment, you are asked to read Chad Gaffield's Language, Schooling, and Cultural Conflict. The Origins of the French-Language Controversy in Ontario (Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1987). This book can be accessed electronically via the Queen's Library website through the permanent link in this course's Moodle site. If you are a registered student in a Canadian university, your university library may also have access to the electronic version of this book or own a paper copy.
It is recommended that you glance over all the lessons so that you know which weeks are heavier than others. For a typical week you should expect to spend approximately two to three hours reading over that week’s lesson, in addition to the article readings. Again, this course has been designed to replicate a typical university class. Each week you would expect to attend three hours worth of lectures – the lectures written for this class provide the same amount of information.
Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.
About Credit Units
Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.
To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.
The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s are 1 April (for May summer term), 1 June (for July summer term), 1 August (for fall term), and 1 December (for winter term). All documents must be received by the 15th of the month following the deadline. You can register for a course up to one week after the start of the course. See also Dates and Deadlines.
Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.
All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.
All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.
Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.