Topic outline

  • Getting Started

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    I would like you to take a look at the 4 links provided in this section before moving on to the course content. Click on each topic in this section to view the item. When you have finished reading/viewing, click inside the box next to the topic to check it off your to-do list. By checking off boxes as you complete each activity, you can manage your workload as well as see where you are in terms of completing the course. 

    Contact Information:

    Email: dipaolo@stu.ca (or directly in Moodle). I usually respond within a few hours but please allow up to 48 hrs for a reply (and longer if there is a holiday). 

    Social Media: Please feel free to follow me and the Human Rights Department on Twitter: @profdipaolo and/or @stuhmrtdept 

  • General Discussion Area

    You can post in the discussion areas below any time throughout the course.

  • Session 3: The Hate U Give (Sept 21- Oct. 2)

    By the end of this session you should:

    • Have a better understanding of the trauma created by police brutality directed at Black members of the community.
    • Have a better understanding how social inequalities perpetrated by our neoliberal, capitalist society disproportionately affects vulnerable groups. 
    • Be able to explain "code-switching" (the perceived need to switch between multiple identities depending on social context). 
    • Be able to explain the power of protest and the logic behind a turn towards violence and looting. 

    Start by opening the Session Plan at the top of this section. Read it carefully and work through the session's activities. Please be sure to check off the boxes when you have completed an activity. Some boxes will not allow you to check it off yourself. They will be checked off for you when you have completed the activity. 

  • Session 1: Intro (Sept. 9 - Sept. 11)

    By the end of this session you should:

    • Feel more connected to me and to your fellow classmates
    • Have signed up for the novel that will be the focus of your final project.  

    Start by opening the Session Plan at the top of this section. Read it carefully and work through the session's activities. Please be sure to check off the boxes when you have completed an activity. Some boxes will not allow you to check it off yourself. They will be checked off for you when you have completed the activity. 

  • Session 2: Novel as empathy builder (Sept. 14-18)

    By the end of this session you should:

    • Be able to explain the power of the novel in relation to human rights 
    • Have a better grasp on the close reading assignments we will be doing this semester 

    Start by opening the Session Plan at the top of this section. Read it carefully and work through the session's activities. Please be sure to check off the boxes when you have completed an activity. Some boxes will not allow you to check it off yourself. They will be checked off for you when you have completed the activity. 

  • Session 4: Salvage the Bones (Oct. 5 - Oct. 16)

    By the end of this session you should:

    • Understand how novels allow us to bear witness to human rights violations and understand the importance of being able to do that. 
    • Salvage The Bones is so rich in its storytelling that you feel a part of the Batiste family. By the end of the session, you should be able to look at the experiences of the Batiste family in context of outside of the novel and in our actual society and understand how socio-economic disparities impact some communities more than others in relation to environmental impacts (not just natural disasters), health issues, and even in terms of Covid-19. 

    Start by opening the Session Plan at the top of this section. Work through the session's activities, checking the on-screen box for those that require you to do so when they're complete.

    • Session 4 Mini-Lecture URL
      Restricted Available from 5 October 2020
    • Jesmyn Ward on inspiration behind Salvage the Bones URL
      Restricted Available from 5 October 2020
    • Optional - Go more in-depth on Salvage The Bones Folder
      Restricted Available from 5 October 2020
    • Whole Class: Salvage the Bones Discussions Forum
      Restricted Available from 5 October 2020
    • Small group discussion: Passage for close reading Forum
      Restricted Available from 5 October 2020
    • Small group wiki: Session 4 close reading
      Restricted Available from 5 October 2020
    • Whole class discussion: Post your group wikis here Forum
      Restricted Available from 5 October 2020
  • Session 5: Indian Horse (Oct. 19 - Oct. 30)

    By the end of this session you should:

    • Have a more in-depth understanding of the residential school system in Canada
    • Have a more in-depth understanding of the trauma that persists in indigenous communities today as a result of the residential school system and the 60s Scoop
    • Be able to explain the problems of racism in sport in Canada 

    Start by opening the Session Plan at the top of this section. Work through the session's activities, checking the on-screen box for those that require you to do so when they're complete.

    • Session 5 Mini-Lecture URL
      Restricted Available from 19 October 2020
    • Podcast of interview with author Richard Wagamese URL
      Restricted Available from 19 October 2020
    • Optional - Go more in-depth on Indian Horse Folder
      Restricted Available from 19 October 2020
    • Whole Class: Indian Horse Discussions Forum
      Restricted Available from 19 October 2020
    • Small group discussion: Passage for close reading Forum
      Restricted Available from 19 October 2020
    • Small group wiki: Session 5 close reading
      Restricted Available from 19 October 2020
    • Whole class discussion: Post your group wikis here Forum
      Restricted Available from 19 October 2020
  • Session 6: Never Let Me Go (Nov. 2 - Nov. 20)

    By the end of this session you should:

    • Consider the ethical implications of scientific pursuit
    • Consider whether the current state of science and medicine is getting out of control or is in jeopardy of doing so
    • Consider what it means to be human

    Start by opening the Session Plan at the top of this section. Work through the session's activities, checking the on-screen box for those that require you to do so when they're complete.

    • Session 6 Mini-Lecture URL
      Restricted Available from 2 November 2020
    • Kazuo Ishiguro on inspiration behind Never Let Me Go URL
      Restricted Available from 2 November 2020
    • Optional - Go more in-depth on Never Let Me Go Folder
      Restricted Available from 2 November 2020
    • Whole Class: Never Let Me Go Discussions Forum
      Restricted Available from 2 November 2020
    • Small group discussion: Passage for close reading Forum
      Restricted Available from 2 November 2020
    • Small group wiki: Session 6 close reading
      Restricted Available from 2 November 2020
    • Whole class discussion: Post your group wikis here Forum
      Restricted Available from 2 November 2020
  • Session 7: Clade (Nov. 23 - Dec. 4)

    By the end of this session you should:

    • Consider what steps society could make to make the world more accessible to those on the spectrum
    • Examine our own circumstances today with regard to the climate emergency 
    • Consider the impact of the climate emergency on individuals seeking refuse away from their homelands 

    Start by opening the Session Plan at the top of this section. Work through the session's activities, checking the on-screen box for those that require you to do so when they're complete.

    • Session 7 Mini-Lecture URL
      Restricted Available from 23 November 2020
    • James Bradley on inspiration behind Clade URL
      Restricted Available from 23 November 2020
    • Optional - Go more in-depth on Clade Folder
      Restricted Available from 23 November 2020
    • Whole Class: Clade Discussions Forum
      Restricted Available from 23 November 2020
    • Small group discussion: Passage for close reading Forum
      Restricted Available from 23 November 2020
    • Small group wiki: Session 7 close reading
      Restricted Available from 23 November 2020
    • Whole class discussion: Post your group wikis here Forum
      Restricted Available from 23 November 2020
  • Session 8: Completing the course (Dec. 7 - Dec.10)

    By the end of the session, you will have completed the final course requirements.

    • Upload complete participation self-assessment form Assignment
      Restricted Available from 7 December 2020
    • Final Projects Forum
      Restricted Available from 7 December 2020