Note: This second edition of Cases on Social Issues: For Class Discussion is updated with five more cases.   

What is this resource?

This open educational resource contains cases for class discussions or group work. Case discussions enhance students’ ability to collaborate and to develop ethical and critical decision-making skills. The cases included in this resource are unique as they centre on contemporary social issues while featuring underrepresented and marginalized voices. Included are cases for discussion on workplace scenarios as follows: homophobia; working with Indigenous communities; oil and gas pipelines and the family ranch; invisible disabilities; employee anxiety; safety of women (both cis- and transgender) and non-binary people; and the bullying of new immigrants and refugees.

Who should use this resource?

These cases were designed for upper-level undergraduate or graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, business, healthcare, science, agriculture, environmental studies, Indigenous studies, land use studies, law and other programs.

How should this resource be used?

Each realistic case is supplemented with notes for teaching strategies, possible discussion questions, and a short optional reading list. The teaching notes can also be used by student facilitators.


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