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Social Studies

This is a year-long course that covers the content and competencies of both English Language Arts and Social Studies. Within this course, students will develop skills in reading, writing and communication through creative and critical thinking. Students will also develop a sense of personal and social responsibility.
The big ideas for English  include:
  • the exploration of text and story deepens our understanding of diverse, complex ideas about identity, others and the world
  • people understand text differently depending on their worldviews and perspectives 
  • texts are socially, culturally, geographically and historically constructed
  • language shapes ideas and influences others
  • questioning what we hear, read and view contributes to our ability to be educated and engaged citizens
Social Studies 8 explores content spanning the 7th century to 1750, such as:
  • contacts and conflicts between peoples stimulated significant cultural, social and political change
  • human and environmental factors shape changes in population and living standards
  • exploration, expansion and colonization had varying consequences for different groups 
  • changing ideas about the world created tension between people wanting to adopt new ideas and those wanting to preserve established traditions
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 perspecitves and make ethical judgements on past and present events, actions and decisions.
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.
SS 10 explores the history of Canada and the world from 1914 to the present.
This course has a literary and writing focus. Students will gain further insight into the structure of Canadian government and become aware of Canadian issues on an international stage. Skills such as analysis, critical thinking, research and writing will be honed through investigations of historical and contemporary issues experienced by members in our society, conflicts that have shaped our identity as Canadians, and the differing perspectives and ideas about what it means to be a part of Canadian society.
Included in SS 10 are units on human and physical geography which focus on Canadian environment and the current state of the world through media studies. Students will also be expected to demonstrate their awareness of social responsibility throughout this course.
This course fully meets the standards for graduation and post-secondary institutions but is not considered a grade 12 course credit.
In this elective survey course, students will explore a variety of important themes and big ideas in the development of cultures, societies, ideas and political systems. Students will focus on events in the 20th and 21st centuries and also understand the perspectives of indigenous peoples of Canada.  Students will learn from a variety of selected topics included in Grade 12 social studies courses such as human & physical geography, history, law, social justice and philosophy to name a few.
Comparative Civilization 12 focuses 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 (Egypt, Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, Rome, China, India, etc.) 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.
This course fully meets the standards for graduation and post-secondary institutions and counts as a Grade 12 credit.
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 I, World War II 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 focuses 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 that 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 Perspectives:  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 an original thesis for their research essay in APA style.  Thus, it is an excellent preparatory course for students interested in purchasing post-secondary education.
This course fully meets the standards for graduation and post-secondary institutions and counts as a Grade 12 credit.
Genocide 12 examines the political, legal, social and cultural ramifications of the intentional destruction of peoples while recognizing that this process in not inevitable, and attempts can be disrupted and resisted various case studies from around the globe and through modern history will help extend and clarify this challenging topic.
Special Note:  This course may be offered in tandem with World History 12. Students will take it concurrently with World HIstory but have separate assignments that focus on meeting the Genocide 12 curriculum.
This course fully meets the standards for graduation and post-secondary institutions and counts as a Grade 12 credit. 
FIRST NATIONS STUDIES (FNS 10) *this is a board authorized course
First Nations Studies 10 is for students who are interested in exploring First Nations culture, literature and history.
This course has a literary and writing focus. It is an expectation that students will read at least one novel by an Aboriginal author, as well as short literature that will include stories, legends, poetry and non-fiction. Students will study local, national and international Aboriginal history and culture.
Elders and community members from the surrounding reserves will be invited to come in and help us learn about local culture and traditions. This class will include a number of hands-on projects in order to offer an immersive cultural experience.