Part-time Continuing Education
Campus: Sault Ste. Marie
Program Code: 1270


Globalization brings the peoples of the world closer together. However, discrimination and other forms of intolerance continue to cause problems. In our increasingly multicultural society these issues can lead to exclusion and inequality, often along racial and ethnic lines.

This certificate program is a direct response to learning needs identified by a broad range of representatives from multicultural, health, community services and justice agencies who recognize that racial inequity and negative stereotyping are significant social problems. In this six course certificate, learners will examine diversity issues in a social context, explore critical differences in cross-cultural communication and identify the sources, causes, forms and manifestations of these issues in our society.

This program is available online. Courses start January, May and September. Some courses start on a monthly basis.

This program is available on a course by course basis. Students may choose to complete one or more courses each semester. Students in this program are not eligible for OSAP funding. Courses within this program must be completed within 7 years, unless otherwise specified.


OEL1156 - 3 Anti-Racism, Discrimination and Equity
OEL127 - 3 Sociology Introduction
OEL541 - 3 Introduction to Intercultural Communication
OEL824 - 3 Contemporary Canadian Social Problems

Choose two electives:

  • OEL1048-     Human Sexuality
  • OEL1077-     Religious Beliefs, Traditions and Customs of Death  
  • OEL1082-     World Religions: Western and Eastern Traditions
  • OEL325-       First Nations People

Requirements & Program Information

Ontario Secondary School Diploma with Grade 12 (C) ENG4C or mature student status.

Career Path

The Diversity and Intercultural Relations Certificate is intended to enhance the graduates ability to work effectively with co-workers and clients, enabling them to become more effective and productive in their chosen field. The graduate will acquire greater confidence when confronted both professionally and personally with the complex issues arising from the interaction of different cultural and ethnic groups within Canada.

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