The aim of Social Studies is to “develop thoughtful, responsible, and active citizens who are able to acquire the requisite information to consider multiple perspectives and to make reasoned judgments” (BC Min. of Education). Which begs the questions: what does it mean to be an active citizen? Or what are reasoned judgments and how do we make them? Whose perspectives should we consider? Social Studies is one area in the curriculum where we can help you think critically and make sense of the relationships that you have with yourself and the many people, objects, groups and systems around you. It is the perfect subject area to use as a springboard to explore all aspects of how we have lived together in the past and contextualize how we choose to live together in the present.
Social Studies 9
We will start the year learning about the rise and fall of global civilizations, the middle ages, explorers, the old and new worlds and the roots of Canada. The bookends for the course are:
The World -> Europe -> North America -> Canada from
600s -1760 A.D
Social Studies 11
Social Studies 11 continues the study of contemporary Canada, which was introduced in grade 10. The focus at the grade 11 level is government, politics, and recent Canadian history (from the 1900’s on). Students will, in addition, examine Canada’s relations with the rest of the world. The transition to a global perspective will be made through an investigation of such major concerns as population growth, the distribution of resources, and the impact of industrialization and technology on modern society. Geographic knowledge and skills previously acquired are reinforced and expanded. The discussion of current events is considered integral to this course.