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Certificate in Pluralism and Global Citizenship

Develop values, habits and practices that foster responsible global citizenship

Become an active participant in pluralism with UCalgary's Certificate in Pluralism and Global Citizenship. 

  • Recognize your assumptions and values.
  • Appreciate different sets of values shaped by other cultures and identities.
  • Develop a disposition toward openness and an active engagement with people from diverse backgrounds who have their own perspectives and interests.
  • Learn skills that promote civil discourse about contentious issues.
  • Deepen an intercultural capacity that will enable you to live and act responsibly in an increasingly global world.

These objectives require understanding multiple factors that exist at an individual and collective level. You will be able to apply your new understanding in your social interactions.


Complete at least 18 units from the Field of Pluralism and Global Citizenship while fulfilling the following:

  1. Core courses (Pluralism 201 and Pluralism 401)
    • Six units 
  2. Pluralism and Global Citizenship electives
  • Count up to 6 units of language study in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, and Cultures among your electives. 
  • Seek permission from the program coordinator to count an appropriate course not included on the list of electives toward your certificate requirements.
    • This applies to a topics course that addresses a relevant topic. 
  • You're encouraged to take part in international learning opportunities. Apply to the program coordinator to have those courses counted towards the certificate.
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Add the program to your student centre: Under the “Admissions” header, select “Change of Program” and complete the online application to add the embedded certificate to your degree.

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Be sure to declare your certificate before enrolling in your core courses.


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The introductory course, Pluralism 201, will introduce concepts and issues associated with pluralism. It includes the specific aim of critical self-reflection to develop your awareness of your assumptions and norms.

What you'll learn

Critical self-reflection will help you interrogate the origin of your assumptions and values and the consequences/implications of behaviour. A curriculum-integrated experiential learning component will be designed to promote such self-examination and reflection. 

Introduction to Pluralism 3 units; H(3-0)

An introduction to concepts and issues associated with pluralism with emphasis on critical self-reflection on assumptions, values and norms and developing skills to engage with culturally diverse teams. Includes curriculum-based experiential learning components.

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Pluralism 401 will be a capstone course with a more prominent experiential learning component that will involve engagement with the community, broadly defined as both internal and external to the university.

Course prerequisites and requirements


Pluralism 201, completion of 60 units, and admission to the Embedded Certificate in Pluralism and Global Citizenship 

Required contact hours

A minimum of 15 community-engaged experiential learning contact hours is required in addition to course hours.

Capstone in Pluralism and Global Citizenship 3 units; H(3-0)

Integrative project with a significant experiential learning component involving respectful engagement with a local or global community. The focus of projects could range from improving workplace civility to seeking creative, socially just, and bold outcomes through social activism and innovation, cultural research, entrepreneurial thinking, thought leadership, and community development. 

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Pluralism and Global Citizenship electives

Note: Many courses on the list have prerequisites, and some may be in high demand. Registration in these courses is not assured. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that prerequisites are completed.


Community Rehabilitation

  • CORE 473: Social Justice and the Labour Force
  • CORE 541: International Disability Research and Policy
  • CORE 547: Health Research, Emerging Technologies and Marginalized Groups

Health and Society

  • HSOC 301: Determinants of Health
  • HSOC 311: Health Services and Health Systems
  • HSOC 403: Advanced Topics in Social Determinants of Health


African Studies

  • AFST 301: Introduction to African Studies
  • AFST 400: Field Study in Africa
  • AFST 501: Capstone Seminar in African Studies

Arabic Language and Muslim Cultures

  • ALMC 358: Topics in Cinema of Muslim Societies
  • ALMC 360: Topics in Muslim Literatures


  • ANTH 203: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 303: Business in Cultural Context
  • ANTH 313: Anthropology of the Environment
  • ANTH 321: Ethnographic Survey of Latin America
  • ANTH 323: Culture and Society of China
  • ANTH 329: Topics in Ethnographic Survey of Selected World Areas
  • ANTH 331: Sex and Gender
  • ANTH 343: Militarism and Militarization
  • ANTH 346: Development of Indigenous-Settler Relations in Canada
  • ANTH 355: Ethnographic Survey of Canada's Indigenous Peoples
  • ANTH 357: Anthropology of Development
  • ANTH 363: Magic, Witchcraft, and Gods: Anthropology of Religion
  • ANTH 371: Political Anthropology
  • ANTH 379: Urban Anthropology
  • ANTH 385: Economic Anthropology
  • ANTH 393: Anthropology of Global Systems
  • ANTH 410: Contemporary Indigenous Affairs in Canada
  • ANTH 427: Women in East Asian Societies
  • ANTH 479: Housing and Society
  • ANTH 523: Human Ecology
  • ANTH 541: Field Study in Social and Cultural Anthropology

Art History

  • ARHI 367: Indigenous Art of the Americas
  • ARHI 431: Art and the Body


  • ARKY 345: The Legacy of Mesoamerica
  • ARKY 399: Ethnohistory of Africa
  • ARKY 419: Tipi, Buffalo, and Vision: People of the Plains


  • ART 401: Studies in Contemporary International Art

Communication and Culture

  • CMCL 307: Contours of Contemporary Culture

Communications and Media Studies

  • COMS 371: Critical Media Studies
  • COMS 479: Feminist Media Studies
  • COMS 481: Advanced Studies in New Media and Society


  • DNCE 427: Cross-Cultural Currents: Embodying Global Dance
  • DNCE 481: Cross-Cultural Currents: Theorising Dancing Bodies

Development Studies

  • DEST 201: Introduction to Development Studies
  • DEST 375: Gender and Development
  • DEST 393: Theories and Applications of Development
  • DEST 400: Field School
  • DEST 402: Global Food Politics
  • DEST 403: Sustainability and Human Ecology in the Circumpolar Arctic
  • DEST 405: Environment and Development
  • DEST 485: International and Intercultural Communication

East Asian Studies

  • EAST 531: Issues and Methods in East Asian Studies


  • ECON 321: The Global Trading System
  • ECON 349: The Economics of Social Problems
  • ECON 425: International Trade


  • ENGL 251: Literature and Society
  • ENGL 376: North American Indigenous Literatures
  • ENGL 378: Comparative Global Literatures
  • ENGL 491: Advanced Studies in Global Literatures
  • ENGL 493: International Indigenous Literatures
  • ENGL 515: Advanced Seminar in Global/Indigenous Contexts

Film Studies

  • FILM 307: Topics in Cinema and Gender Studies
  • FILM 333: Film Theory after 1950


  • FREN 549: Étude spécialisée de la francophonie


  • GEOG 254: Society and Environment
  • GEOG 326: Geographies of Canada
  • GEOG 354: Social and Cultural Geography
  • GEOG 426: Climate Change and Society
  • GEOG 428: Sustainability and Political Ecology
  • GEOG 456: Uneven Development
  • GEOG 528: Development and Participation
  • GEOG 530: Environmental Governance and Conflict
  • GEOG 553: Globalization and the City

Gender and Sexuality Studies * formerly Women's Studies

  • GSXS 201: Talking Gender and Sexuality
  • GSXS 303: Topics in Feminism
  • GSXS 311: Theorizing Gender and Sexuality
  • GSXS 315: Methods for Gender and Sexuality Research
  • GSXS 405: Praxis Seminar
  • GSXS 503: Community Service Learning


  • GERM 200: Made in Germany
  • GERM 451: Cross-Cultural Explorations
  • GERM 497: Inter-Cultural Immersion Experience


  • HTST 303: Great Explorations
  • HTST 307: The Contemporary World
  • HTST 308: Gender History
  • HTST 340: Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration in Canada
  • HTST 345: Canadian Indigenous History
  • HTST 437: Canadian Environmental History
  • HTST 438: History of Women in Canadian Society
  • HTST 442: Activism and Protest in Canada, 1867-Present
  • HTST 443: The Métis People of Canada
  • HTST 447: Northern Horizons: Subarctic and Arctic Canadian History
  • HTST 461: From the Pueblo Uprising to Wounded Knee: A History of American-Indian Conflicts
  • HTST 494: International History of Energy
  • HTST 511: Topics in Gender and Sexuality in History
  • HTST 529: Topics in Indigenous History
  • HTST 551: Women in Canadian Politics

Indigenous Languages

  • INDL 301: Indigenous Language I
  • INDL 303: Indigenous Language II

Indigenous Studies

  • INDG 305: Indigenous Ways of Knowing II
  • INDG 312: Cultural Immersion Field Course
  • INDG 395: Topics in Indigenous Gender, Sexuality and Feminism
  • INDG 399: Topics in International Indigenous Studies
  • INDG 400: Directed Research in International Indigenous Studies
  • INDG 407: Comparative International Indigenous Communities
  • INDG 415: Indigenous Ethics and Protocol
  • INDG 503: Advanced Topics in International Indigenous Studies


  • ITAL 307: Communication
  • ITAL 399: Topics in Italian Masterpieces: Film and Literature


  • JPNS 201: Introduction to Japanese Popular Culture
  • JPNS 317: Topics in Japanese Civilization
  • JPNS 461: Japanese-Chinese Cultural Relations


  • LANG 451: Cross-Cultural and Cross-Linguistic Explorations
  • LANG 500: Cross-Cultural and Cross-Linguistic Research Projects

Latin American Studies

  • LAST 211: Latin America: People, Places and Popular Culture
  • LAST 311: Critical Contemporary Issues in Latin America


  • LING 373: Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • LING 531: Survey of Indigenous Languages of the Americas

Law and Society

  • LWSO 335: Equality Issues
  • LWSO 415: Socio-legal Issues in Contemporary Liberal Societies

Museum and Heritage Studies

  • MHST 333: Ethics in Museum and Heritage Studies

Music Performance

  • MUPF 229: World Music Ensemble
  • MUPF 329: World Music Ensemble


  • MUSI 307: Topics in World Music


  • PHIL 249: Morality, Virtue and Society
  • PHIL 264: How do we know?
  • PHIL 314: Information Technology Ethics
  • PHIL 329: Business Ethics
  • PHIL 337: Philosophy, Feminism and Gender

Political Science

  • POLI 279: Politics of the Global South
  • POLI 283: Issues and Trends in World Politics
  • POLI 342: Law and Politics
  • POLI 345: Indigenous Governance
  • POLI 379: The Politics of Development
  • POLI 381: Introduction to International Relations
  • POLI 417: Feminist Political Theory
  • POLI 422: Indigenous Politics in Canada
  • POLI 435: Canada and World Politics
  • POLI 447: Comparative Public Policy
  • POLI 453: Women and Politics
  • POLI 479: International Relations of the Contemporary Arab World
  • POLI 481: The Politics of Human Rights
  • POLI 483: International Law
  • POLI 485: Global Political Economy
  • POLI 487: International Organizations
  • POLI 506: Social and Global Justice
  • POLI 523: Canada and the Circumpolar World
  • POLI 524: Advanced Seminar in Indigenous Politics in Canada
  • POLI 543: Law and Armed Conflict
  • POLI 551: Women in Canadian Politics
  • POLI 554: Women and Public Policy
  • POLI 565: Indigenous Politics in the Global South
  • POLI 569: Selected Topics in Middle East Politics
  • POLI 581: Selected Topics in International Law and Organizations
  • POLI 586: Advanced Studies in Global Political Economy
  • POLI 587: International Ethics


  • PSYC 204: Human Sexuality
  • PSYC 439: Psychology of Gender
  • PSYC 442: Intergroup Relations
  • PSYC 443: Interpersonal Relationships
  • PSYC 473: Evolution and Human Behavior
  • PSYC 491: Cross-Cultural Cognition
  • PSYC 492: Indigenous Psychology

Religious Studies

  • RELS 201: Jews, Christians and Muslims
  • RELS 203: Asian Religions
  • RELS 303: Introduction to Hinduism
  • RELS 307: Popular Hinduism
  • RELS 309: Religious Experience
  • RELS 313: Introduction to Buddhism
  • RELS 317: Religion in South Asia
  • RELS 319: Esoteric Buddhism
  • RELS 323: Mahayana Buddhism
  • RELS 324: Zen Buddhism
  • RELS 327: Tibetan Religious Traditions
  • RELS 329: Buddhism in East Asia
  • RELS 331: Religious Perspectives on Suffering
  • RELS 333: Religious Perspectives on Death and Afterlife
  • RELS 335: Ritual and Religion
  • RELS 338: Atheism
  • RELS 339: Transformations of Religion in Africa
  • RELS 341: New Religious Movements
  • RELS 343: Religion and Social Morality
  • RELS 345: God and Transcendence
  • RELS 348: Religion, Empire and Colonialism
  • RELS 349: Religion and Politics
  • RELS 353: Islam in the Modern World
  • RELS 357: Islam
  • RELS 359: East Asian Religious Traditions
  • RELS 367: Topics: Comparative Studies in Western Religions
  • RELS 369: Introduction to Judaism
  • RELS 381: Gender, Sex and Religion
  • RELS 389: Christian Responses to Modernity
  • RELS 445: Advanced Studies in Asian Thought
  • RELS 479: Contemporary Issues in Women and Religion


  • RUSS 397: Inter-Cultural Immersion Experience I
  • RUSS 451: Cross-Cultural Explorations
  • RUSS 497: Cultural Immersion Experience II

South Asian Studies

  • SAST 203: Understanding South Asia
  • SAST 303: Contemporary Indian Society and Culture


  • SOCI 303: Sociology of Gender
  • SOCI 307: Sociology of Indigenous People in Canada
  • SOCI 365: Social Stratification
  • SOCI 371: Sociology of Families
  • SOCI 375: Sociology of Ethnicity and Racialization
  • SOCI 403: Topics in Gender Relations
  • SOCI 405: Topics in Canadian Social Structure
  • SOCI 467: Ethnic Relations in Canada
  • SOCI 475: Topics in Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOCI 483: Topics in Social Inequalities and Social Justice


  • SPAN 441: Women's Perspectives
  • SPAN 471: Hispanic Cinema
  • SPAN 512: Advanced Topics in Spanish American Literatures and Cultures
  • SPAN 532: Topics in Spanish American and Spanish Film

Urban Studies

  • UBST 253: Introduction to Cities
  • UBST 311: The Gendered City
  • UBST 553: Seminar in Urban Theory


  • UNIV 201: Global Challenges Inquiry I
  • UNIV 203: Global Challenges Inquiry II



  • KNES 244: Introduction to Socio-Cultural Aspects of Sport
  • KNES 344: Gender, Sexuality, and Sport
  • KNES 444: Critical Perspectives on the Body



  • NURS 288: Supporting Health I: Community and Populations
  • NURS 289: Integrating Nursing Roles & Practices I: Learning, Praxis & Scholarship in the Practicum Setting
  • NURS 550: Promoting Health in Vulnerable Populations


Social Work

  • SOWK 300: Generalist Practice in Context Theme Course
  • SOWK 302: Research in Context Theme Course
  • SOWK 303: Practice With Individuals in Context
  • SOWK 304: Diversity and Oppression Theme Course
  • SOWK 305: Diversity and Oppression Portfolio Project
  • SOWK 306: Social Work Methods Course
  • SOWK 307: Practice Skills in Context
  • SOWK 363: Human Development and Environments
  • SOWK 371: Social Work and Diversity
  • SOWK 383: Social Policy and Social Justice
  • SOWK 393: Practice and Evaluation with Families


Business and Environment

  • BSEN 449: Haskayne Wilderness Retreat
  • BSEN 517: Indigenous Peoples and Sustainable Development
  • BSEN 551: Social Issues, Strategies and Shareholders

Energy Management

  • ENMG 489: International Energy Development


  • MKTG 467: International Marketing

Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

  • OBHR 321: Foundations in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
  • OBHR 421: Interpersonal Behaviour

Strategy and Global Management

  • SGMA 371: International Business
  • SGMA 403: Business in BRIC Markets
  • SGMA 405: East Asia in the World Economy
  • SGMA 407: International Business Regulation
  • SGMA 409: Cross-Cultural Management
  • SGMA 577: International Strategic Management
  • SGMA 579: Co-ordinating Global Business
  • SGMA 589: Field Investigation in International Business


Sustainability Studies

  • SUST 401: Sustainability Research Methods


Energy and Environment

  • ENEE 507: Introduction to Sustainable Development


  • ENGG 481: Technology and Society
  • ENGG 513: The Role and Responsibilities of the Professional Engineer in Society

Geomatics Engineering

  • ENGO 579: Survey Law and Practice



  • EDUC 201: Introduction to Educational Studies
  • EDUC 435: Literacy, Language and Culture
  • EDUC 450: Diversity in Learning
  • EDUC 530: Indigenous Education

Learning Outcomes

  1. Knowing yourself – students will develop a high degree of self-awareness involving critically appraising their cultural perspectives, assumptions, values, and norms. An ethic of respect for diversity begins with knowing oneself and how one is positioned among others in society. 
  2. Understanding others – students will learn to empathize with other worldviews and ways of living in the world and to identify and overcome stereotyping and bias against difference. Students will explore how power is embedded in structures in which hierarchies, inequalities, and opportunities for individuals and groups vary in time and place. Finally, they will develop communication skills to enable them to converse with others honestly and with civility about contentious issues, in the words of Jeffrey Seglin (Harvard Kennedy School), to “express a strong opinion while being civil.”
  3. Recognizing global connections – students will gain an understanding of the increased blurring of national boundaries given the increasing interdependency of political, social, and economic realities and rapid technological advances. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the perceived opportunities, threats, and tensions that characterize a global situation in which notions of identity, place, and belonging are in flux, as well as the digital environment's impact on traditional western understandings of civic engagement. Finally, students will articulate what it means to be a global citizen. 
  4. Practicing responsible global citizenship – students will develop the disposition to act as responsible global citizens. They will develop the habits of critically examining social realities, engaging respectfully with diverse groups, practicing ethical responsibility, and advocating social justice. They will apply the understanding they have gained within their spheres and advance the values of pluralism and global citizenship in concrete action.