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Social Studies

Humanities 9 is a year long course that combines elements of both English and Social Studies 9 curricula. Students will learn about the 4 pillars of Humanities: culture/society, economy/technology, politics/law, and environment. Through a balanced literacy approach that includes different instructional methods, including inquiry, students will focus on the
core competencies: Reading and Viewing, Oral Language (Speaking and Listening), and Writing and Representing.

The main purpose of the Social Studies curriculum is to develop graduates who have the knowledge, skills, and competencies to be active, informed citizens. Social Studies offers students the opportunities to build understandings and knowledge on topics found in the disciplines of history, geography, political science, and economics, with contributions from other disciplines such as sociology, psychology, and anthropology. The new curriculum places greater emphasis on developing disciplinary thinking skills through six major thinking concepts: significance, evidence,
continuity and change, cause and consequence, perspective, and ethical judgment. Today’s easy access to information of uncertain quality and accuracy makes it more important than ever to teach students the skills needed to gather, assess, analyze, and synthesize information and ideas from multiple sources. Once students have gathered and analyzed information, they will use it to solve problems, make decisions, and communicate their ideas Effectively.

The Grade 10 Social Studies curriculum maintains the same structure and format as the K–9 curriculum. The Grade 10 Social Studies curriculum finishes the historical sequence started in the new Grade 7 curriculum and finishes in the present day, with issues in modern Canadian and world history, geography, civics, and economics. It prepares students to be
active, thoughtful citizens as well as having them consider issues they may want to pursue in Grade 11 and 12 Socials Studies courses. Following Social Studies 10, all students are required to take a minimum of one Social Studies course at the grade 11 or 12 level.

These courses may be taken once in either your grade 11 or grade 12 year.

This course examines the major events of the 20th Century from 1919 to 1991. Using the themes of geopolitics, economics, ideology, social change, and the role of the individual, the course focuses on the major events of the century including the aftermath of Versailles, the Great Depression, rise of dictators, World War II, the Cold War, end of European empires, and civil
rights in the United States and South Africa. Open to both grade 11 and 12 students.

BC First Peoples focuses on the diversity, depth and integrity of the cultures of BC’s First Peoples. This course will promote understanding of the historical foundations of contemporary issues like the continued impact of colonialism and the move toward reconciliation. Students will develop a new understanding or enhance their current knowledge of the tradition, history, and present realities of BC’s First Peoples. This is an important course for both Aboriginal and nonAboriginal students as a range of perspectives will create an enlightened discussion of current and historical Aboriginal issues. Open to both grade 11 and 12 students.

This course examines the influence people have had on our physical environment as well as its influence on us. Students will analyze data from a variety of sources to better understand our globally connected world. Along the way, you will learn how to interpret how demographic patterns and population distribution are influenced by physical features and natural
resources. At the same time as physical features affect our choices as a species, human activities alter landscapes in a variety of ways. Students will examine the implications of our changes to the natural landscape environmentally as well as other geographic factors. You will consider reasoned judgements about controversial choices humans have made, past
and present, and determine what responsibility we might have to respond. This course is open to Grade 11 and 12 students.

This course examines the inter-relationship between people and their environment. Physical Geography includes such things as volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, water, wind and ice. Time will be spent looking at the environmental impacts human activities have on the planet. This course may meet science prerequisites for some universities. Open to both grade 11 and 12 students.

This course will focus on the use of the term “genocide” and how it has been used to describe atrocities that have resulted in political, legal, social, and cultural ramifications. Despite international commitments to prohibit genocide, violence targeted against groups of people or minorities has continued to challenge global peace and prosperity. Through Project Based
Inquiry and other strategies students will learn that while genocides are caused by and carried out for different reasons, all genocides share similarities in progression and scope. Open to both grade 11 and 12 students.

An introduction to the essentials of economics including understandings about the role of market forces, supply and demand, scarcity and how monetary systems function in the global economy. Students will explore the nature of goods and services and how banking institutions function in the economy. There will be some discussion about the differences between
command and centralized economies such as in communist nations, as compared to free enterprise capitalist economies. Finally, the role and functioning of stock markets and their role in the economy shall be studied and explored. Open to both grade 11 and 12 students.

This introductory overview of psychology covers topics such as contemporary approaches to psychology, the nature-nurture debate, human development, theories of personality, learning and thought processes, memory storage and retrieval, emotions, motivation, conflict, adjustment mechanisms, and psychological disorders. Students will conduct a social experiment of choice. Open to both grade 11 and 12 students. Please note: this course does not meet grad requirements for a senior social studies course. It is a grade 12 credit.

This course presents an overview of the Canadian legal system. Emphasis is on legal rights and responsibilities that allow citizens to reflect critically on their role in society. Topics include the history of law, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Criminal law, correctional systems and Youth Criminal Justice. Students will examine current events going on in Canada and the world. Some projects include the wrongfully accused, famous trials, prison systems, not criminally responsible defense, environmental law and a mock trial. Meets academic requirements for some university programs. Open to both grade 11 and 12 students.

The aim of Social Justice is to raise students’ awareness of social injustice, to enable them to analyze situations from a social justice perspective, and to provide them with knowledge, skills, and an ethical framework to advocate for a socially just world. The course includes an emphasis on action, providing opportunities for students to examine models of social change
and implement strategies to address social injustice. Social Justice will provide opportunities for students to examine their own beliefs and values, as well as the origins of those beliefs. In addition, it will allow them to support or challenge their beliefs and values through reflection, discussion, and critical analysis. This course builds on students’ innate sense of justice,
motivating them to think and act ethically, and empowering them to realize their capacity to effect positive change in the world. The goals of Social Justice are to enable students to acquire knowledge that allows them to recognize and understand the causes to injustice, apply critical thinking and ethical reasoning skills to a variety of social justice issues, develop an understanding of what it means to act in a socially just manner, become responsible agents of change, and make positive contributions toward a socially just world. This course meets the academic entrance requirements for some university programs. Open to both grade 11 and 12 students.