SOCIAL STUDIES 8
Explores content spanning the 7th century to 1750, such as:
- social, political, and economic systems and structures
- scientific and technological innovations
- philisophical and cultural shifts
- interactions and exchanges of resources, ideas, arts, and culture between and among different civilizations
- motivations and consequences of exploration, expansion, and colonization
- changes in population and living standards
Students will be able to engage in the inquiry process; assess significance of place, people, and events; look at continuity and change throughout history. Also, they will learn to explain different perspectives and make ethical judgements on past and present events, actions, and decisions.
SOCIAL STUDIES 9
Social Studies 9 provides students with a wealth of opportunities to explore concepts which still affect how we perceive our world today. Within this course, students should expect to explore:
- the dramatic effects of revolution
- the continuing challenges created by imperialism and colonization throughout the world
- the shifts and changes of global populations over time
- the development of modern nation-states, such as Canada
- conflicts on local, regional, and global scale
- discriminatory policies, attitudes, and historical wrong-doings
- the physiographic features of Canada and geological processes
Socials 9 puts special focus on events which have taken place from between 1750 to 1919; such as the Industrial Revolution, British North America, the Gold Rush, World War I, and potentially many other events which have lasting impacts on our world today. Throughout the course, students will come to engage in the inquiry process; assess the significance of place, people, and events; and look an continuity and change throughout history. Emphasis will be put on exploring how we can explain different perspectives and make ethical judgements on past and present events, actions, and decisions.
SOCIAL STUDIES 10 (SS 10)
SS 10 is a survey course of Canada and the World from 1919 to the present, focusing on events from a Canadian perspective. Students will gain further insight into the structure and development of our system of government and become aware of our influence on the international stage. Skills such as analytical and critical thinking, research, and writing will be honed through investigations of historical and contemporary injustices to members of our society, through investigations into the conflicts that have shaped our identity as Canadians, and by examining the different perspectives and ideas about developments in Canadian society.
Included in SS 10 are units on human and physical geography focusing on the Canadian environment and examinations of the current state of the world through media studies. Students will also be expected to demonstrate their awareness of social responsibility throughout this course.
SOCIAL STUDIES 11 (SS 11)
SS 11 is a survey course of Canada and the World from 1919 to the present, focusing in depth on events from a Canadian perspective. Students will gain further insight into the structure and development of our system of government and analyze our influence on the international stage. Skills such as analytical and critical thinking, research, and writing will be honed through investigations of historical and contemporary injustices to members of our society, the conflicts that have shaped our identity as Canadians, and the different perspectives and ideas about developments in Canadian Society.
The state of the world will be examined using the media on an ongoing basis, a unit on human geograpy and its effects on Canadian society will be examined, and students will be required to demonstrate personal and social responsibility in their actions during this course.
COMPARATIVE CULTURES 12 (CCN12)
Comparative Civilization 12 focusses on the interrelationships among art, history, culture, and civilization with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning and "hands-on" activities. This broad-based course provides students with a range of experiences and skills that facilitate their understanding of, and sensitivity to, a variety of cultures. It fosters students' awareness of various civilizations throughout the world and their contributions to the sum of human experience. Finally, students will develop an appreciation for diversity within and among cultures, including their own.
FIRST NATIONS STUDIES (FNS 10)
In this course we will explore First Nations culture, literature, and history. This course has a literary focus - we will read at least one novel by an Aboriginal writer, as well as short literature - some stories, legends, poetry, and non-fiction. We will study local and national Aboriginal history and culture. Elders and community members from the surrounding reserves will come in to help us learn about the local area.
FIRST NATIONS STUDIES (FNS 12) *Provincially Examinable Course
This course satisfies the SS11 credit.
First Nation Studies 12 is a study of the traditions and history of B.C.'s First Nations peoples for all students' regardless of their cultural background. This course focuses on the richness and diversity of First Nations languages and cultures within their own context including oral traditions, creation stories, First Nations literature and art. We will look at the history of contact with Europeans and evolving responses of BC First Nations to contact, leadership and self-determination in the 20th century studies.
GEOGRAPHY 12 (GEO 12) *will be offered by video conference
Prerequisite: Social Studies 11 or BCFNS 12
Geography 12 is an excellent course that helps students understand the physical environment of our planet. Students examine how the four spheres (lithosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere) interact with each other to create the world in which we live. How do these spheres impact human beings, and how do we impact the environment? We consider the essential understanding that the Earth and humans are in a fine balance together. As the population of Earth grows and we place more and more demands and stressors on the spheres, human beings must determine how our actions can be sustainable.
This course is offered as a Video Conference (DL) course to Lakes District Secondary School, Fraser Lake Elementary Secondary, Nechako Valley Secondary and Fort St. James Secondary students, via FSJSS.
HISTORY 12 (HI 12)
Prerequisite is Social Studies 11
History 12 provides a forum in which students, using diverse methods of inquiry, will have the opportunity to form, test, and evaluate hypotheses concerning the forces, events, personalities, and institutions that have shaped the modern world. This course is highly interactive, putting a premium on classroom participation, debate, and critical responses to various texts and media.
The course moves chronologically from World War One, World War Two and the Cold War through to the collapse of the USSR (but extends to modern issues of the 21st century as well). Thematically, this course focusses on the Big Six of Historical Thinking concepts to delve more richly into the course content:
- Historical Significance: How do we decide what is important to learn about the past?
- Evidence: How do we know what we know about the past?
- Continuity & Change: How can we make sense of the complex flows of history?
- Cause & Consequence: Why do events happen, and what are their impacts?
- Historical Persepctives: How can we better understand the people of the past?
- The Ethical Dimension: How can history help us to live in the present?
Finally, students will research a topic of their own choosing to produce and original thesis for their research essay in APA style. Thus, it is an excellent preparatory course for students interested in pursuing post-secondary education.