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The aim of social studies is to develop thoughtful and responsible citizens who are able to research information, consider multiple perspectives, and defend a position. This course will focus on historical events between the years 1750 to 1919. Course content will include: political, social, economic, and technological revolutions; the continuing effects of imperialism and colonialism on indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world; global demographic shifts, including patterns of migration and population growth; nationalism and the development of modern nation-states, including Canada; local, regional, and global conflicts; discriminatory policies, attitudes, and historical wrongs; physiographic features of Canada and geological processes. Assessment for the course is based on a variety of written assignments, tests, projects, and presentations.
CREDIT: 0 TYPE: Social Studies GRADE: 9

This course is a continuation of the work done in Social Studies 9. It pays close attention to the study of Canadian society, culture, law, and history from 1919 to present day. The Social Studies 10 curriculum provides students with opportunities to critically reflect upon events and issues and make connections. Through their participation in Social Studies, students are encouraged to develop an appreciation of democracy and what it means to be Canadian; demonstrate respect for human equality and cultural diversity; think critically, evaluate information, and practice effective communication. Assessment in the course is based on a variety of written assignments, tests, projects, and presentations.
CREDIT: 4 TYPE: Social Studies GRADE: 10 PREREQUISITE: Social Studies 9

The Core Program has been established to support students who have struggled with Grade 9 or 10 academic courses. This program is designed to enhance basic skills and provide students with the opportunity to continue their education. Social Studies 10 Core is self-paced within the time constraints of the semester and prepares students for success in senior social studies courses.
CREDIT: 4 TYPE: Social Studies GRADE: 10

BC First Nations Studies 12 focuses on the diversity, depth, and integrity of the cultures of British Columbia’s Aboriginal peoples. In emphasizing the languages, cultures, and history of First Nations peoples, the course addresses an important part of the history of British Columbia. Topics include Relationship to the land and the Legacy of Colonialism among many others.
CREDIT: 4 TYPE: Social Studies GRADE: 10

Comparative Cultures 12 examines relationships within past and present cultures to better understand today’s world through inquiry. Students are given the freedom to investigate the cultures of their choosing to learn how culture is expressed through art (including music, film, literature and video games), politics, and religion. We will look at how the differences between cultures developed; how people interact within their culture, and with other cultures; and how past cultures influence modern society. We will analyze relationships between genders, races, religions and other demographics in an effort to understand how modern society developed and where it may be heading. Topics may include, but are not limited to, cultures from the Classical Period (Egypt, Greece, Rome), Norse/Viking culture, First Nations cultures, Japanese culture, Chinese culture, and modern/pop culture.
CREDIT: 4 TYPE: Social Studies GRADE: 11-12  PREREQUISITE: Social Studies 11 or Civic Studies 11

Does art reflect life or shape it? Discover the world of art and why critics believe it has not only mirrored our cultures but guided them. Art has led us through conflicts, systems of power, global interactions, even values and beliefs. Explore: Where the world’s first work of art is located and what it is of, who the Mona Lisa was, who really cut off Van Gogh’s ear, how Picasso used his art to fight against Hitler’s regime, how Coca-Cola changed the face of the holiday season… and so much more.
CREDIT: 4 TYPE: Social Studies GRADE: 11-12 PREREQUISITE: Any Social Studies 10

20th Century World History 12 is a study of the forces that shaped the 20th century. It is an academic course designed to provide skills to prepare students for further studies at the post-secondary level, including the writing of a major research paper. There will be written assignments, tests and exams, while student students will also participate in discussions and debates. Some of the topics examined during the course include: The Russian Revolution, communism, the impact of the two world wars, the Cold War, China, India, the civil rights movement, conflict in the Middle East, and the emergence of the new modern era.
CREDIT: 4 TYPE: Social Studies GRADE: 11-12  PREREQUISITE: any Social Studies 10

The aim of Genocide Studies 12 is to gain a deeper understanding of the political, legal, social and cultural impacts of genocide. By questioning the historical and moral implications of human rights violations and crimes against humanity, students will be able to explore their own identities and become more engaged responsible global citizens. Students will use inquiry to understand the stages leading up to genocide as well as the recognition, response and sometimes denial of genocide. Students will research various incidences of genocide both historic and current, to understand the specific differences as well as the similarities that enable genocide to occur. COURSE NOTE: This course will deal with sensitive subject material.
CREDIT: 4 TYPE: Social Studies GRADE: 11-12  PREREQUISITE: any Social Studies 10

Law 12 is a general introduction to Canadian criminal and civil law. Students will learn about the following topics: foundations of law, the criminal code, the court system, sentencing / corrections, lawsuits, contract law, family law, legal issues involved with owning or renting property, and employment law. The course includes a visit to the Victoria Law Courts. The course doesn’t just appeal to students interested in a career in law or policing. A basic understanding of Canadian law is useful for all young people heading into the adult world.
CREDIT: 4 TYPE: Social Studies GRADE: 11-12 PREREQUISITE: any Social Studies 10

Law Studies 12 is a general introduction to Canadian criminal and civil law. Students will learn about the following topics: foundations of law, the criminal code, the court system, sentencing / corrections, lawsuits, contract law, family law, legal issues involved with owning or renting property, and employment law. The course includes a visit to the Victoria Law Courts and several guest speakers. The course doesn’t just appeal to students interested in a career in law or policing. A basic understanding of Canadian law is useful for all young people heading into the adult world. Students enrolled in this course must also enroll in Camosun College Criminology 154. The material presented is similar to that taught in regular Law Studies 12 but at a higher academic level. Successful completion will give students Camosun credits which are transferable to other post-secondary institutions in British Columbia.
COURSE NOTE: Dual Credit. Students must be in Grade 12 and communicate with their counsellor about their post-secondary pathway.
CREDIT: 4 TYPE: Social Studies GRADE: 12 PREREQUISITE: English 12 with a C+ or better or Camosun English assessment

The goals of Social Justice 12 include: recognizing and understanding the interconnectedness of social justice issues and how our individual worldviews shape and inform our understanding, recognizing that the causes of social injustice are complex and have lasting impacts on society and demonstrating how social justice initiatives can transform individuals and systems. Themes studied may include poverty, indigenous issues, human rights, racism and ethnocentrism, LGBTQ issues, the status of women, environmental and ecological justice peace and globalization. This is a participatory course that requires self-analysis, social analysis, respect for diversity, a willingness to take action and a willingness to respectfully discuss controversial issues. Assessment: Inquiry projects, assignments, journal, debates, and class discussions/participation, action research project, quizzes.
CREDIT: 4 TYPE: Social Studies GRADE: 11-12 PREREQUISITE: any Social Studies 10

Students in Economics 12 will be introduced to economic principles, the structure and operation of the Canadian economy, and other basic competencies required to study economics and business successfully at the post-secondary level. Upon completion of the course students will understand the roles of property, capital, labour (particularly entrepreneurship), organization, and government in an economic system. They will increase their awareness of local and global economic trends and will be able to apply their knowledge to personal financial decision making. The course will be useful for students planning to study business at the university or college level, students who may end up running their own business, and students interested in the topic as an elective course. It does require the use of basic math skills at the Grade 10 level.
CREDIT: 4 TYPE: Social Studies GRADE: 12 PREREQUISITE: any Social Studies 10

Students in Economics 12 will be introduced to economic principles, the structure and operation of the Canadian economy, and other basic competencies required to study economics and business successfully at the post-secondary level. Upon completion of the course students will understand the roles of property, capital, labour (particularly entrepreneurship), organization, and government in an economic system. They will increase their awareness of local and global economic trends and will be able to apply their knowledge to personal financial decision making. The course will be useful for students planning to study business at the university or college level, students who may end up running their own business, and students interested in the topic as an elective course. It does require the use of basic math skills at the Grade 10 level. Students enrolled in this course must also enroll in Camosun College Economics 103. It is the same introductory economics course that is taught at most colleges and universities in Canada. Successful completion will give students Camosun credits which are transferable to other post-secondary institutions in British Columbia.
COURSE NOTE: Dual Credit. Students must be in Grade 12 and communicate with their counsellor about their post-secondary pathway.
CREDIT: 4 TYPE: Social Studies GRADE: 12 PREREQUISITE: English 12 with a C+ or better or Camosun English assessment.

20TH Century History 12 is a study of the forces that shaped the 20th century. It is an academic course designed to provide skills to prepare students for further studies at the post-secondary level. Students will be required to prepare a major research paper. There will be other written assignments, tests and exams. Students will participate in discussions and debates about various topics. Topics examined during the course include: The Russian Revolution, communism, the impact of the two world wars, the decline of European power, the polarization of the Cold War, the end of colonial empires, the civil rights movement, conflict in the Middle East, and the emergence of the new modern era. Students enrolled in this course must also enroll in Camosun College History 108. Successful completion will give students Camosun credits which are transferable to other post-secondary institutions in British Columbia.
COURSE NOTE: Dual Credit. Students must be in Grade 12 and communicate with their counsellor about their post-secondary pathway.
CREDIT: 4 TYPE: Social Studies GRADE: 12 PREREQUISITE: English 12 with a C+ or better or Camosun English assessment.