As the largest department in the school, the Social Sciences encompass a diverse body of related courses. The disciplines of Canadian and World Studies, Social Sciences and the Humanities, as well as Family Studies, are all a part of this department.
The teachers in our department have the pleasure of working with over 1200 students a year in 22 different courses. Our grade 9 and 10 course offerings include a number of required courses such as Geography, History and Civics/ Careers. These are courses that all students must successfully complete before graduating. Our senior level courses cover a very broad range of subjects. Some of these courses included Law, Politics, Nutrition and Health and Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology. Our most recent course additions include Advanced Placement Psychology and Food and Culture. Our senior level courses are very popular and on most years there are approximately 17 senior level courses offered. A complete list of both junior and senior level courses by grade can be found below.
Geography of Canada
Investigates the interactions of natural and human systems within Canada, as well as Canada’s economic, cultural, and environmental connections to other countries.
Draws on personal and everyday experiences in relation to Canada’s distinct and changing character and the natural and human systems and global influences that shape the country.
Canadian History Since WWI
Explores the local, national, and global forces that have shaped Canada’s national identity from World War I until present.
Explores some of the pivotal events and experiences that have influenced the development of Canada’s identity as a nation from World War I to present.
Explores what it means to be an informed, participating citizen in a democratic society.
Teaches students how to develop and achieve personal goals for future learning, work, and community involvement.
Food and Culture +NEW+
Explore the origins and development of food traditions. Cook with ingredient and equipment from a variety of cultures.
Travel and Tourism
Prerequisite: Geography of Canada, Grade 9, Academic or Applied
Travel and tourism is used to study selected world regions.
Understanding Canadian Law
Prerequisite: Canadian History Since WWI, Grade 10, Academic or Applied
Explores Canadian law with a focus on legal issues that are relevant to people’s lives.
Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology
Prerequisite: 2D English/ History
Introduces the theories, questions, and issues that are the major concerns of anthropology, psychology, and sociology to better understand human behaviour.
Focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to promote the positive and healthy nurturing of children, with particular emphasis on the critical importance of the early years of human development.
Introduces students to an exploration of religions around the world, and provide them with an awareness of the nature, place, and function of religion in diverse societies.
Prerequisite (all courses): Any university/college preparation course in social sciences and the humanities , English, Canadian and World studies.
Canadian and World Issues: A Geographic Analysis *SHSM
Examines the global challenges of creating a sustainable and equitable future, focusing on current issues that illustrate these challenges.
The Environment and Resource Management *SHSM
Investigates the fragility of ecosystems and the pressures human activities place on them.
Analyzing Current Economic Issues
Investigates the nature of a competitive global economy and explores how individuals and societies can gain the information they need to make appropriate economic decisions.
Canadian and International Law *SHSM
Examines elements of Canadian and international law in social, political, and global contexts.
Canadian and World Politics
Investigates the ways in which individuals, groups, and states work to influence domestic and world events, the role of political ideologies in national and international politics, and the dynamics of international cooperation and conflict resolution.
Families in Canada
Examines the dynamic issues facing families today from the time one first leaves their family to the possibility of coupling and/or raising children all the while using theories and research skills necessary for post-secondary.
Philosophy: Questions and Theories
An introduction to the ideas of famous philosophers through history. Examines questions; How can you be sure of what you know? How can you tell right from wrong?
Challenge and Change in Society
Examines theories and methodologies used in anthropology, psychology, and sociology to explain shifts in behaviour and its impact on society.
Advanced Placement Courses
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses require an 80% average in an M or U level Social Sciences course and have a course fee of $140 for the AP exam and course workbook.
A university level psychology course that is an introduction to the study of how the mind functions and its’ impact on behavior.