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Social Studies 9
Prerequisite: Social Studies 8
Social Studies 9 is often described as two smaller courses
rolled into one. Students investigate the struggle for democracy by studying
the great revolutions. The English, French, and American Revolutions take the
focus of the study and development of democracy, while the Industrial
Revolution illustrates how massive social change can occur in a non-violent
way. Additionally students study the social, political and economic development
of the North American continent from the arrival of the Vikings to the War of
1812. Canadian regional geography and current events remain the other focus of
the Social Studies 9 curriculum.
Social Studies 10
Prerequisite: Social Studies 9
Social Studies 10 traces the development and birth of the
Canadian nation from the War of 1812 through to Confederation in 1867. Students
will study the political development of the nation and the issues that steered
Canada towards political unity and nationhood. Students will also investigate
English, French and First Nations relations throughout the course and will also
investigate the development of the modern British Columbia economy. The regions
of Western Canada as well as current events will be examined.
Social Studies 10 traces the development of Canada
economically, socially, and politically from the War of 1812 to the beginning
of the 20th Century. Students
will study the identity, society, and culture of Canada and the issues that
steered Canada towards political unity and nationhood. Students will also investigate English,
French, and First Nation relations throughout the course, investigate the
development of the modern British Columbia economy, and analyse how geography
influenced the economic development and settlement patterns in regions of
Canada. The physical regions of Canada as well as current events will be
Social Studies 11
Prerequisite: Social Studies 10
Social Studies 11 is a Provincially examinable course that
studies Canada’s modern history, the structure and function of government and
global issues and environmental concerns. Specific topics found in the course
are World War One and World War Two, Cold War Conflicts, the inner workings of
Canadian government and the Senate and the impact of exponential population
growth on world resources just to name a few. The Provincial exam is worth 20%
of the course grade.
Social Studies 11 is a provincially examinable course and is
required for graduation. The course examines Canada’s modern history, the
structure and function of government, and global issues such as population and
living standards, and environmental concerns. Specific topics that are studied
in the course include Canada’s international involvement in World War One, World
War Two, the Cold War and into the 21st Century. The course also
examines the development and impact of Canadian social policies and programs
related to immigrants, First Nations, and minority rights. Canadian politics including the inner workings
of Canadian government and the Senate are studied. Geographically, topics such
as the impact of exponential population growth on world resources and living
standards are examined.
Prerequisite: Social Studies 11
Geography is the study of the physical and human
environment. Topics of study include plate tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes,
weather and climate, resources (forests, land and water) and resource management
(acid rain, pollution).
Geography 12 is the study of the physical and human environment. It sets out to help students understand the
basic physical processes such as plate tectonics, volcanism, glaciers, rivers,
climate and weather, biomes, and physical resources. Geography 12 also seeks to
identify the connection between humans and the earth’s surface. Human geography
is integrated into the study of these physical components. Topics students will explore include the
nature of geography, environmental issues, earthquakes and volcanism,
landscapes created by wind, water and ice, climate change and resource
exploitation and management.
History 12 is a rigorous provincially examinable course that
studies 20th Century history from 1919 – 2001. Topics covered in
this course are the impact of World War One, the Paris peace Conferences,, the
rise of fascism, the cause and chronology of World War Two, the origins of the
Cold War and Cold War Conflicts. The Civil Rights Movement is also examined.
Students are expected to be able to read, understand and write historically in
this action packed and fast paced course.
Social Justice 12
Prerequisites: Social Studies 11
Social Justice 12 is an interactive course that involves
defining and studying past and current impact of : aboriginal issues,
children’s rights, labor issues, poverty, racial issues, gender and sexual
orientation, women’s issues. In place of a final exam students will complete an
action plan in which they get involved in a school, local, national, or
international social justice issue. This course will be good preparation for
college or university-bound students. The course deals with a variety of topics
that are heavily emphasized in the humanities / arts departments, but are not a
large part of the rest of the Social Studies curriculum. Students need to be
prepared to have excellent work habits and to be very involved in classroom
As this course
involves sophisticated readings, it is suggested that students have a good
background in both Social Studies and English.
Law is the study of the formal rules of governing our
society. Students will be introduced to many areas of law and its basic
principals. Students study selected cases and their backgrounds and from them,
will deduce constitutional, civil and criminal law fundamentals. Law 12 will be
particularly helpful to students considering careers in politics and government
or as paralegals, police officers or lawyers.