The History of Immigration is a course that provides settlement workers a unique insight into the historical challenges and triumphs of immigration policies, procedures and practices in Canadian society. Canadian immigration policy is traced from the early 19th century to the present, comparing and contrasting immigration practices pre- and post-1945. Students will gain an understanding of the prevailing perceptions and attitudes of the host country towards various immigrant populations.
The course will have students explore the contributions and experiences of various waves of immigrant groups to Canada by examining the push and pull factors that brought them to Canada initially, their treatment upon reaching Canadian soil, as well as contemporary challenges facing these groups. These issues will be studied through the lens of broad themes such as language, ethnicity, race, class and gender.