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Social Studies

 

For more information about  the Lord Byng Social Studies Dept. please visit: http://lordbyng.net/socials/ 

Social Studies courses offered at Lord Byng Secondary School: 

  • Social Studies 8
  • Social Studies 9
  • Social Studies 10
  • Social Studies 11
  • First Nations 12
  • Law 12
  • Comparative Civilizations 12 
  • Geography 12
  • History 12
  • Social Justice 12   

 

Social Studies
 
Social Studies 8: Byng Arts (MSS—08DC1)                    
Grades: 8                                                                                               
Prerequisite: Grade 7 + Successful audition, above average academic standing
Corequisite: Byng Arts complement of courses
 
See the Byng Arts department for the full description.
 
Social Studies 8 (MSS--08)                                           
Grades: 8                                                                                               
Prerequisite: Grade 7
 
The Ministry of Education has implemented a new Social Studies curriculum which has moved toward an Inquiry Model based upon Core Competencies termed “Big Ideas”. The content parameters will range from the 7th century up to 1750.  The big ideas for inquiry stressed within the content background include: contacts and conflicts between peoples, human and environmental factors shaping change, the consequences of exploration, expansion and colonization for different groups and how changing ideas about the world created tension between people wanting to adopt new ideas and those wanting to preserve established traditions. For further information regarding the new curriculum specifics, please visit
 
Social Studies 9: Byng Arts (MSS—09DC2)
Grades: 9                                                                                               
Prerequisite: Byng Arts 8, or successful audition and above average academic standing
Corequisite: Byng Arts complement of courses
See the Byng Arts department for the full description.
 
Social Studies 9 (MSS--09)
Grades: 9                                                                                               
Prerequisite: Social Studies 8
 
The Ministry of Education has implemented a new Social Studies Curriculum which has moved toward an Inquiry Model based upon Core Competencies termed “Big Ideas”. The content parameters will range from the 1750 to 1919.  The big ideas for inquiry stressed within the content background include: how emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events, how the physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change; how disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies and how collective identity is constructed and can change over time. For further information regarding the new curriculum specifics, please visit
  
Social Studies 10: Byng Arts (MSS—10DC1)                  
Grades: 10                                                                                            
Prerequisite: Byng Arts 9, or successful audition and above average academic standing
Corequisite: Byng Arts complement of courses
 
See the Byng Arts department for the full description.
 
Social Studies 10 (MSS--10)
Grades: 10                                                                                            
Prerequisite: Social Studies 9
 
The development of Canada as a nation is the principal theme for the course. The evolution of Responsible Government, events leading to Confederation, and the expansion of the West to 1914 are examined in depth. Some of the themes which emerge within the study of course content are immigration, representation in government, regional interests and colonial ties and repercussions. The geographical component focuses on Canada's economic development with emphasis given to British Columbia and the growing importance of the Pacific Rim. Contemporary issues of importance to the Canadian experience are used to provide a link from the present to the past. Current event investigations are also pursued throughout the year.
 
Social Studies 11 (MSS--11)                                         
Grades: 11                                                                                            
Prerequisite: Social Studies 10
 
Three components comprise the content of Social Studies 11 which is a required for high school graduation. The historical component is a continuation from that covered in Social Studies 10. The history of Canada in the Twentieth Century introduces students to the social, economic and political relationships that have shaped and continue to shape Canada. The second component, Canadian Government, covers the workings of our political system, the importance of the Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and an introduction to the Canadian legal system. The third component concerns the Global Environment which examines the problems and possible solutions concerning issues such as population pressure, pollution, resource development, and urban growth. Current event investigations are also pursued throughout the year. Moreover, students are given experience in comprehending and understanding a large amount of content and challenged with acquiring critical thinking skills both in oral and written analyses of the subject matter. There is a provincial exam in June that is worth 20% of the final mark for the overall course completion.
  
Social Studies 11: Byng Arts (MSS—11DC1)                  
 
Grades: 11                                                                                            
Prerequisite: Byng Arts 10, or successful audition and above average academic standing
Corequisite: Byng Arts complement of courses
 
See the Byng Arts department for the full description.
 
Comparative Civilizations 12 (MCCN-12)                     
Grades: 11 or 12                                                                                  
Prerequisite: Social Studies 11
 
Comparative Civilizations 12 investigates ancient civilizations in developing an awareness of the ancient past’s connections with civilization today. The course encompasses streams of study within disciplines such as Archaeology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Classical Studies, Ancient History and Middle Eastern and Asian Studies. The main areas of study include the Cradle of Civilization in Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Pre-Classical and Classical Greece, the Ancient Maya and Aztecs, Ancient Chinese Dynasties and Imperial Rome. A sample of some of the topics studied includes the Egyptian Afterlife, Greek Mythology, Philosophy, Theatre and Architecture, the Maya Cosmos, Aztec Ritual Sacrifice and Roman Entertainment and Cults. Other course highlights include a World Mythologies Group Presentation, an Ethical Issues Symposium, a World Music Workshop and a Field Trip to a local Greek Taverna for experiential learning of ancient culinary delights! Furthermore, emphasis on global travel as a measure of education is enhanced via slide presentations of regions studied during the year. Comparative Civilizations 12 offers students an opportunity to learn about the ancient world in enhancing an understanding of geo-political, religious, cultural and environmental developments of today.
 
Education for Sustainability 11 (YRNR-11A)
Grades: 11 or 12                                                                                  
Prerequisite: Social Studies 10
 
Education for Sustainability 11 combines Science, Social Studies, and Leadership.  Combining in-class lectures, discussions and critiques with outdoor education and field studies we explore the idea of sustainable practises in a variety of global settings, focusing on natural resource management, trade and economic practises, policies and governance, and environmental issues.  The focus is on understanding the concept of sustainability in a global context and then designing an action project that can be implemented locally to improve sustainable practises in our community.  This course is offered off-timetable every Thursday from 4-6pm, and 5 Saturdays throughout the year (dates TBA) when the class will participate in a longer field trip.  This course is academic, experiential, and culminates in a self-directed leadership action project.
  
First Nations 12 (MFNS-12)
Grades: 11 or 12                                                                                  
Prerequisite: Social Studies 10
 
The course is based upon the study of the history of the First Nations of Canada and British Columbia from the onset of European exploration up to today. Among the topics examined by students are the legacy of colonialism, Aboriginal Rights, Treaties and Self-Government, First Nations’ oral tradition, arts, cultural expressions and society today. BC First Nations Studies 12 can be used to meet the Social Studies graduation requirement and also counts toward the minimum number of Grade 12 level credits needed to meet graduation requirements.
 
Geography 12 (MGEO-12)                                             
Grades: 12                                                                                            
Prerequisite: Social Studies 11
 
Geography 12 is intended to give students an overview of the physical world by combining the work of the sciences and the humanities into a cohesive unit. The physical geography section of the course covers many aspects of the physical world including the environment, tectonic forces, gradation, hydrology and meteorology/climatology. The human geography section revolves around land and resource use with a focus on the Greater Vancouver region. Beyond the course content, students will be introduced to the skills required to understand cartography and air photograph analysis. The course will also allow students to further develop their academic writing and data analysis skills. Students will also have the opportunity to investigate case studies based up geological developments. Geography 12 is well-suited to students with inquiring minds who have an interest in learning more about the world in which they live. 
  
History 12 (MHI—12)                                                    
Grades: 12                                                                                            
Prerequisite: Social Studies 11
 
Based upon the history of the 20th century, History 12 examines many critical events that have contemporary ramifications. Major areas of study are: the post WWI era, the rise of communism and fascism, World War II, the Cold War, and the Collapse of Communism. Within the study areas, students examine numerous topics such as the Roaring 20’s and the Great Depression in the U.S.A., the rise of Fascism in Italy and Nazism in Germany, major theatres of war in Europe and the Pacific during World War II, the crucial events initiating the Cold War, the Superpower Arms and Space Race from brinkmanship to detente, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, China before Mao and under Mao, Arab-Israeli relations in the Middle East, the Indian independence and Gandhi, the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, Nelson Mandela and Apartheid in South Africa and finally the Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and the U.S.S.R. History 12 provides an excellent opportunity for students to become prepared for post-secondary education. Preparation for lecture discussions requires the reading of extensive amounts of content while perfecting note-taking techniques. Additionally, in analyzing historical problems, students acquire higher level thinking skills and improve their competence in written expression. A variety of learning activities are provided such as seminar discussions, in-class presentations and interpreting historical documents and essay writing. A field trip in the spring to the Holocaust Symposium at UBC is another notable feature of this course. While improving students’ preparation for further academic pursuits is a fundamental goal of History 12, most importantly, the course supports the acquisition of knowledge and better understanding of historical cause-effect relationships that form the foundation of many contemporary global developments and issues.
 
Law 12 (MLAW-12)
Grades: 11 or 12                                                                                  
Prerequisite: Social Studies 10
 
This course is an introduction to the study of law.  There are 3 major units of study.  The first unit is criminal law and includes the procedure of an investigation, criminal offences and defenses for the accused, the trial process and sentencing.  The second unit is international law. This unit explores current and past legal codes in other countries as well as issues of international law such as war crimes, crimes against humanity and the role of international courts.  The third unit explores civil disputes in Canadian law including torts, contracts and marriage law.  Highlights in the past have included field trips to the law courts, and guest speakers including judges, lawyers, police officers, jurors and forensic experts.   
 
Social Justice 12 (MSJ--12)                                          
Grades: 11 and 12                                                                               
Prerequisite: Social Studies 10
 
Social Justice 12 provides an exceptional learning opportunity for students to analyze situations from a social justice perspective, building on the desire to discover how to improve life for those who are most in need. The course materials will establish a body of information about human rights abuses of various sorts and the skills to assess the ways in which they can be combated. The aim is to motivate and empower students to think and act ethically, and to realize their own capacity, individually or working with others, to effect positive change for a socially just world. We will examine examples from Canada and throughout the world, to gain a sense of the type of issues involved and ways that have been found to implement strategies to address them. Examples will include discrimination and persecution of individuals and groups due to age, gender, race, class, sexual orientation, religion, disability, socioeconomic status and political beliefs. Students will be encouraged to examine their own beliefs and values and gain a better understanding of those of others, through reflection, discussion, and critical analysis. The course will include field trips, documentary films, guest speakers, debates, and role plays, culminating in a student-created and implemented plan for action on a selected local, national or international social justice issue.
 
 
 
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