Social Studies

Grade 9

At the heart of our social studies program are the concepts of citizenship and identity in a Canadian context. Grade 9 students will broaden their understanding and appreciation of the relationships among governance, economics, quality of life, citizenship and identity. Our students will analyze Canada’s political system and legislative process and issues pertaining to governance, rights and citizenship.

High School

There are three course sequences for Social Studies. There is the 10-1, 20-1, 30-1 stream; the 10-2, 20-2, 30-2 stream and the Knowledge and Employability (link to Knowledge and Employability section) courses 10-4, 20-4. Students generally follow one stream taking the pre-requisite courses although certain transfers are permitted.

Social Studies 10-1: Perspectives on Globalization

Students will explore multiple perspectives on the origins of globalization and the local, national and international impacts on lands, cultures, economies, human rights and quality of life. Students will examine the relationships among globalization, citizenship and identity to enhance skills for citizenship in a globalizing world.

Social Studies 10-2: Living in a Globalizing World

Students will explore historical aspects of globalization as well as the effects of globalization as well as the effects of it on lands, cultures, human rights and quality of life. Students will explore the relationships among globalization, citizenship and identity.

Social Studies 20-1: Perspectives on Nationalism

Students will explore the complexities of nationalism in Canadian and international contexts. They will study the origins of nationalism and the influence of it on regional and international global relations.

Social Studies 20-2: Understandings of Nationalism

Students will examine historical and contemporary understandings of nationalism in Canadian and the world. They will explore the origins of nationalism and the influence of it on individuals and communities is Canada as well as other locations.

Social Studies 30-1: Perspectives on Ideology

Students will explore the origins and complexities of ideologies and examine multiple perspectives regarding the principles of classical and modern liberalism. An analysis of various political and economic systems will allow students to assess the viability of the principles of liberalism. Completion of this class requires the writing of provincial diploma exam.

Social Studies 30-2: Understandings of Ideology

Students will examine the origins, values and components of competing ideologies. They will explore multiple perspectives regarding relationships among individualism, liberalism, common good and collectivism. Ana examination of various political and economic systems will allow students to determine the viability of the values of liberalism.