Social Studies

Socials 9



Social Studies 9 examines the 1700 and 1800s. During this time, European countries explored and colonized the rest of the world.  Today’s world is greatly affected by the actions and beliefs of early modern Europeans who arrived in the ‘new world’ during this period and their encountered indigenous peoples who were already there.

These countries’ current strengths and weaknesses are largely the result of relationships built during these 200 years. Understanding this era helps us understand who we are as citizens of this world, and who we want to be as advocators for a better future.

Note: Socials 9A must be taken before Socials 9B. (Socials 9 is a 4 credit course.)



Social Studies 10                                           



Socials Studies 10A examines Canada and the world from 1900 to 1950.  With Canada’s greater participation in world affairs, including the two World Wars, Canada’s new identity is examined.  There will be a focus on how global and regional conflicts have been a powerful force in shaping our contemporary world. The second half of the course examines Canada and the world from 1950 to today.  Canada’s role as a peace keeper in the world, Canada’s changing economy and the need to face challenges in a changing world will be explored. There will be a focus on how historical and contemporary injustices challenge the narrative and identity of Canada as an inclusive, multicultural society.  As well Canada’s political institutions, demography, the environment and how humans are changing the planet will be examined in Socials 10.

Note: Socials 10A must be taken before Socials 10B.   (Socials 9 is a 4 credit course.)


Social Studies 11- Not a course in 2019-20                                      


Note: 2018-19 was the last year for Social 11. If you did not receive credit for Socials 11 you will have to take one of the grade 12s electives offered.  (Socials 11 was a 4 credit course.)



  1. C. First Peoples 12


Prerequisite:  Social Studies 10, English 10 or English First Peoples 10. 


BC First Peoples 12 studies the Indigenous Peoples of British Columbia, with emphasis placed on local Indigenous nations and territories.  Students will gain an understanding of First Peoples’ culture before and after contact with Europeans.  The “A” section of this course explores the complex and sophisticated social and political Indigenous structures before European contact, and relies heavily on sacred stories and information shared by Elders, other role models, and histories vetted by our Aboriginal Education department.  The history of the post-contact era, covered in the “B” section,  will focus on the history of European-Indigenous relationships since first contact, as well as colonial attitudes and practices and Indigenous resistance to these practices and attitudes. Movements of resistance such as land claims, Idle No More, MMIWG, Indigenous Environmental Network and other expressions of self-determination will be examined. How Indigenous people are currently expressing their rights to language, custom and tradition, land sovereignty, and self-governance will also be discussed in addition to the resurgence in First Peoples art & culture in painting, carving, weaving, singing, drumming, dancing and graphic novels.


Students must complete Section A before beginning Section B.


Comparative Cultures 12:                                                                              


Prerequisite:  Social Studies 10, English 10 or English First Peoples 10                            


Comparative Cultures 12 examines cultures and societies from around the world that may have been overlooked or not covered in previous social studies courses. During this course, students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the following:

  • Definitions of culture and how these have changed over time
  • The belief systems, social organization, languages and artistic expressions of cultures
  • How geographic and environmental factors influenced the development of cultures
  • How value systems and belief systems shape cultures
  • The Systems of power, authority, and governance of various cultures
  • Conflicts within and between cultures

History 12                                                                                                 


Prerequisite:  Social Studies 10, English 10 or English First Peoples 10. 


History 12 deals with world history from 1919 to the end of the 20th century. Students will develop their research, critical thinking, reading & writing skills as related to the study of history. Students will first examine WWI, the Russian revolution, nationalism, imperialism, political ideologies and WWII. In the second half of the course from the end of WWII to today topics to be studied will include the Cold War, the Middle East, China, & human rights.



Law Studies 12                                                                                        


Prerequisite:  Socials 10 and English 10 or English First Peoples 10


Law 12 deals with the history of law and with ethical, social and legal issues connected to civil rights, charter rights and human rights. Current legal and social issues will also be discussed. Criminal law focuses on crime, criminal investigations, court cases and trials. Guest speakers, mock trials, case analysis and a courthouse visit are part of the course. The text Law is Everywhere will used for written work. Written reports, class discussions, group activities and partner work will also be part of the course.


Philosophy 12     


Prerequisite:  Social Studies 10, English 10 or English First Peoples 10. 


Philosophy 12 enables students to acquire an understanding of the nature of philosophy and philosophical reasoning skills and to develop and apply their knowledge and skills while exploring specialized branches of philosophy. The course will cover at least three of the following branches: metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, philosophy of science, social and political philosophy, and aesthetics. Students will develop critical thinking and philosophical reasoning skills as they formulate and evaluate arguments related to a variety of philosophical questions and theories. They will also develop research and inquiry skills.


Social Justice 12                                           


Prerequisite:  Social Studies 10, English 10 or English First Peoples 10. 


Social Justice focuses on issues at a local, and national level.  This includes governmental policy, including liberal vs. conservative ideology.  Issues that may be discussed include the legalization of marijuana, treatment of LGBT2Q in law and in Canadian society, as well as poverty and redistribution of wealth in Canada.  Students are encouraged to think critically and evaluate many viewpoints pertaining to each discussed topic to reach his/her own conclusions regarding their own personal beliefs regarding Social Justice and the many topics available.


International Social Justice issues such as labour practices in developing nations, treatment of women, and religious expression will be some of the topics discussed and debated. Students will be encouraged to look at their world with empathy and rationalize their beliefs with evidence.


Note: Students may take either Social Justice A or B (2 credits each) or both (4 credits).  Please speak with a counsellor to clarify.


Psychology 11/12- This course does not fulfil the Social Studies graduation requirement


This course is meant to be an introduction to Psychology, similar in some respects to Introductory Psychology at the Post-Secondary level.  Students will have historical context for the advancement of psychology over time, learn well-supported theories from the pioneers of psychology such as Freud and Skinner, and learn about the biological connections between the brain and behaviour.  In addition to this, students will get an opportunity to learn about aspects of abnormal psychology, including common disorders such as anxiety, depression, and addiction.  One component of the course will include an opportunity to learn counselling strategies to help peers with common mental health issues.