Social Studies (10-12)

Students must take:
Social Studies 10 in Grade 10, and
At least ONE Grade 12 Social Studies course in grade 11 or 12

Social Studies 10 (required)

This course focuses on the role of Canada following WWI, the Depression, WWII, and the post -war development of Canadian culture, politics and identity. These include the rise and decline of separatism in Quebec, the Cold War, and Canada’s continuing development as an independent multi-cultural nation. The course covers Canada’s system of government at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels.

Social Studies (choose at least one to take in Grade 11 or 12)

Comparative Cultures 12

Comparative Civilizations offers a sample study of a variety of civilizations focusing primarily on ancient history. It is said that many aspects of historical and cultural influences are revealed within their past. The roots of religion, mythology, government, philosophy, art, architecture, and theatre are revealed within course studies. Included in this study is the importance of understanding other cultural traditions and their influence on North America. A wide variety of opportunities for studying ancient civilizations are provided including class discussions, videos, research, ethical and philosophical debates. A few areas of study include: Prehistoric societies, Ancient Egypt, Greece, Medieval Europe….

Physical Geography 12

Geography is a subject that integrates many academic disciplines.  It addresses both the physical and human-created systems of the world in the study of people, places, and environments.  It serves as an excellent introduction to first year courses at college or university. Specifically, we will investigate how the earth works – in the air, on the ground, under the ground, and among living things. We examine how humans adapt to and alter the physical environments around them. We explore how humans have special attachments and uses for particular places. We ask questions about what it all means… what’s our connection to the world around us and how can we promote sustainable wellness in our communities and beyond?

Social Justice 12

The aim of Social Justice 12 is to raise student awareness of social injustices in today’s society.  Topics of study include: Activists & Activism, Genocide & Crimes Against Humanity, Consumption & Globalization, Women & International Development, and Identity: SOGI, Gender Stereotypes, Discrimination, Cultural Appropriation and Aboriginal Rights.  Students will have opportunities to examine their own beliefs and values as well as support or challenge their beliefs and values through reflection, discussion, and critical analysis. This course builds on students’ sense of justice; motivating them to think and act ethically and empowering them to realize their capacity to positively affect change in the world.

20th Century World History 12

This course covers world history from the end of World War I to the breakup of the Soviet Union. Some important topics include the aftermath of World War I, the events surrounding World War II, and the Cold War between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. It also focuses on decolonization and Middle Eastern history.

Law Studies 12

In Law 12, we particularly focus on criminal law, including trial procedures, policing in Canada, and the Youth Criminal Justice Act. We also study the history of law and the rights and freedoms of Canadians. Throughout each unit we examine current events, interesting legal cases and may view some films that relate to the legal concepts we study. The course includes a possible field study to the Vancouver Law Courts to observe what really happens.

Philosophy 12

Philosophy is the original academic discipline from which every other subject arose, and it attempts to explore and explain all of life’s most important questions. We will examine moral issues such as war, capital punishment and poverty using complex arguments that focus on facts, not feelings. We will also explore some of history’s most famous philosophers from the ancient Greeks to Enlightenment thinkers. This course will test your ability to use logic and reason when examining any kind of complex issue. How do we achieve true knowledge? Can we prove that existence is real? Is it possible to prove the difference between right and wrong? Does God exist? In Philosophy 12, there are no limits. We will examine everything you believe and possibly change the entire way you look at the world. Open to grades 11 and 12.

Social Studies Electives:

*These courses count for credit but not as the Socials 11/12 requirement

Criminology 12

Criminology is the study of crime, the explanation of why crime occurs and the examination of crime reduction. Through readings, guest speakers, film, video and class discussions, students will examine the interactions between law and society, law and crime, law and the criminal justice system, and the criminal justice system and society. Criminology combines elements of both Law and Psychology. It differs from Law 12 in that Criminology is not interested in knowing the law; rather it focuses on the dynamics behind the crime and the laws put into place to deal with crime.  **CRIM 12 is an elective not a SS 12 credit**

Psychology 11

A senior-level, academic course designed to introduce students to the field of psychology and ideally promote its further study at the post-secondary level. Studying psychology will quickly begin to change the way you perceive yourself and those around you, and enhance your understanding and insight into how we think, act and express ourselves. Topics covered will include such things as: parts of the brain and how they function, personality tests and theories, developmental psychology (from infancy to adolescence), psychological disorders, forensic/criminal psychology, sleep and dreams, stress, social psychology, group interaction and more. Psychology 11 is an interactive class that involves reading, watching films, and group discussion. This course will occasionally have field trips and guest speakers.