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.

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.

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

In Contemporary Indigenous Studies students will examine the identities, worldviews and languages of many Indigenous cultures and explore how these are connected through the land. This course will focus on the ongoing struggles of many Indigenous communities worldwide in reclaiming their well-being despite the continued effects of colonialism. Students will learn the importance of Indigenous self-determination and the empowerment of many Indigenous communities. This course will also focus on the reconciliation required by all colonial societies to address injustices. This course will involve many guest speakers and hands on activities and will primarily focus on a project-based style of assessment.

CREDIT: 4   TYPE: Social Studies   GRADE:  11-12

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, Indigenous cultures, Japanese culture, Chinese culture, and modern/pop culture.

CREDIT: 4   TYPE: Social Studies   GRADE: 11-12

PREREQUISITE: 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. This is a project based class students will show their understanding of the learning standards through 4 projects of their choosing and 1 essay. 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

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

Geography 12 is the study of the physical, natural and human elements of the global environment and is particularly concerned with interrelationships and inter-dependencies among these elements. Geography 12 students will learn about physical geography, including: weather, climate, soils, ecosystems, geology and erosional processes. Students will also learn about human geography, which is the study of patterns and processes that shape human interaction with the environment. The course will provide students with an understanding of how humans shape the planet and in turn are shaped by the planet. Many global and regional environmental issues of importance to Canadians today are discussed in the class.

CREDIT: 4   TYPE: Social Studies   GRADE: 11-12

PREREQUISITE: any Social Studies 10

Law Studies 12 is an introductory course which will guide students in understanding the legal rights and responsibilities of all Canadians. Students will gain knowledge in criminal and civil law and understand how society’s laws and legal frameworks affect aspects of people’s daily lives. Students will understand the structures of government and the court systems. Students will understand the Constitution of Canada and our Charter of Rights and Freedoms and how these fundamental rights allow all citizens to participate more fully in society. Students will understand that laws are interpreted and these interpretations evolve over time as society’s values and worldviews change.

CREDIT: 4   TYPE: Social Studies   GRADE: 11-12

PREREQUISITE: any Social Studies 10

Law Studies 12 is an introductory course which will guide students in understanding the legal rights and responsibilities of all Canadians. Students will gain knowledge in criminal and civil law and understand how society’s laws and legal frameworks affect aspects of people’s daily lives. Students will understand the structures of government and the court systems. Students will understand the Constitution of Canada and our Charter of Rights and Freedoms and how these fundamental rights allow all citizens to participate more fully in society. Students will understand that laws are interpreted and these interpretations evolve over time as society’s values and worldviews change. This course will include assignments, projects and quizzes. 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 act and a willingness to respectfully discuss controversial issues. Assessment is based on a variety of projects throughout the course.

CREDIT: 4   TYPE: Social Studies   GRADE: 11-12

PREREQUISITE: any Social Studies 10