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Social Studies

The Social Studies Philosophy which underlines the work of this department is the soul of our teaching and permeates, invigorates, and inspires the whole curriculum.

One of the goals of our Social Studies program is to help students develop an understanding of history, geography, economics and government. This Social Studies program also gives our young Canadian citizens background knowledge of national and world society.

Our purpose is to make available opportunities to students to help them develop civic responsibility through independent and critical thinking about themselves and their environment. The students will live their lives more effectively because they will have been taught to evaluate and judge events in their true perspective of the human actions who have shaped the destinies of nations.

Social Studies 9 (SS9)
Prerequisite: SS8
Course theme: Revolution.  Social Studies 9 is a study of the principles of democracy and the major events in European and North American history from 1500-1815, including: the English Civil War, French revolution, Reign of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Industrial Revolution, The Seven Years’ War, and the War of 1812. There is also a mapping component, a study of Canada's First Nations and an introduction to the regional geography of North America.

Social Studies 10 (SS10)
Prerequisite: SS9
Course theme: The Creation of Canada and its History. Social Studies 10 is a study of the events leading up to Confederation and post- Confederation.  This includes the evolution of Canada up to WW1 and a focus on Canada’s major economic regions.  Social Studies 10 includes an in-depth look at British Columbia, its boom and bust economy, and its economic relationship with the Pacific Rim countries.

Social Studies 11 (SS11)
Prerequisite: SS10
Course theme: Canada and the World during the 20th Century Social Studies 11 consists of three parts: Canadian Government, History of Canada (post-1900), and Geography of World Problems - population and urbanization. Although much of the course is Canadian content/perspective, reference is made to other countries, mainly as a comparison, especially in the units on Population and Urbanization. The course will provide the students with a better understanding of: Canadian Government and how the different levels operate; the growth in Canadian autonomy, nationalism and regionalism. Some of the problems and solutions associated with urbanization and population growth will be discussed. Students will be required to write a provincial exam in January or June.

Comparative Civilizations 12 (CCN12)
Pre-requisite: Social Studies 10
Open to both Grade 11 and 12 students.  This course is a review of most of the cultures from 40,000 years ago up until 1917.  No exam or tests.  Assessment will be done through projects, a study of a National Geographic textbook, and notes and discussions based upon many videos about individual cultures. Cultures studied will be Neanderthal, Cro-Magnon, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, India, Japan, the Aztec Inca and Mayans, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Reformation. As well the Social, Cultural, Industrial, Scientific and Political Revolutions of the past 500 years will be covered. Once a week there will be an in-class question and discussion period. You will be encouraged to pursue your own interests in presentations, class discussions, videos, and projects. Embark on a fun-filled adventure that unlocks your imagination and inspires dreams of travel to distant lands.

Geography 12 (GEO12)
Prerequisite: C+ avg. in SS11 AND PREC11 or FOM11
Geography 12 is designed to introduce students to the field of physical geography. Physical Geography is the study of the natural environment (the land, the atmosphere and the biosphere) and of the interaction between humans and the environment. Major units will include (1) plate tectonics (2) erosion forces such as rivers and glaciers (3) climate and weather, and (4) resource management. Environmental and resource issues of current interest such as pollution and land use conflict will also be highlighted. Students will also learn to read and interpret topographic maps. 'Bridges' the field of science with those of the liberal arts and provides a solid base for students who go on to study geography at the college or university level. This course mirrors the content of a first year college/university course. To be successful, students considering this course should already have strong study skills and be self motivated.

History 12 (HI12)
Prerequisite: SS11 with a B or higher (History 12 is no longer a provincially- examinable course)
The study of the major events, people, institutions and ideological forces that shaped the Twentieth Century, between 1919 and 1991.  The course also provides a forum in which students will examine how these historical forces have shaped the modern world and current geopolitical climate. In addition, students will have the opportunity to apply critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to a study of the Twentieth Century. The course will also emphasize the necessary research and writing skills needed for students to excel in Humanities courses at the university level; therefore, the proven ability to already read and write well is an essential prerequisite  skill needed for this course. The History 12 curriculum is organized into a number of major topics, including: 1. The Study of History; 2. The World of 1919; 3. The Interwar Period; 4. The Second World War; 5. The Events of the Cold War and the Fall of Communism.

Law 12 (LAW12)
Prerequisite: SS11
Law 12 is a course that focuses on the structure and function of Canadian law. The course concentrates on four areas of law including: Foundations of Law (Principles, Sources & Structure), Criminal Law, Civil Law (Tort & Contract), and Family Law.  The curriculum is designed to provide learning opportunities for students with a wide range of interests. It is especially recommended for those interested in careers in law, criminology, law enforcement, court services and small business. Other topics that are covered include: Charter of Rights & Freedoms, Human Rights Act, Employment Law, Landlord/Tenant Law, Criminal Code, Marriage & Divorce Acts.

Psychology 11 (YPSYC11A)
Does listening to Mozart really make you smarter? What do dreams mean? What causes you to act the way you do? Can you improve your study skills by using psychology? Find the answers to these questions and more as you are introduced to the 'psychological' way of looking at life. Be prepared to read, discuss, and study psychological theory as it applies to personality, memory, learning and more. Applying the experimental method to psychology and evaluating personality theories (including Freud's, among others), are a part of this course.

Psychology 12 (YPSYC 12A)
Recommended: Psychology 11 or teacher’s permission
Does your career choice involve human interaction?  This course is designed for anyone who expects to work with people.  Course content will enhance the learning experienced in Psychology 11 and will expand into Social Psychology.  Students will experience a college/university type course where they will learn to: lead and work in seminar groups, write in APA style, design and enact both qualitative (case studies) and quantitative (surveys) research projects.  You will be able to explore burning psychological questions! Students with good marks in this course have been known to bypass first year university/college psychology courses and move directly into second year courses.

Social Justice 12 (SJ12)
Prerequisite: SS10
Social Justice is a course that aims to help students understand the causes of social injustice, to learn how to apply critical thinking skills to issues of fairness and equality, and become active citizens who are agents of change. Themes and topics that students will be looking at are: diversity and equality in our society, human rights abuses here and away, legal issues surrounding social justice topics, and moving towards a socially just world by taking ACTION. SJ12 aims to get students actively involved by teaching them how they can work towards change. Link to website for integrated resource package.