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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   

 

Course Description  

Social Studies 8: Byng Arts (MSS--08BA)
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
In grade seven, through a study of early human and classical civilizations, students were introduced to the idea that distinctive cultures developing in response to a variety of influences. In grade eight, this idea is further developed, with selected chronological highlights of both Western and Eastern civilizations. Numerous topics are explored within this purview such as Feudalism, Medieval Society, the Crusades and Imperial Dynasties in China. Major study topics include: the legacy of Rome, the Middle Ages in Europe, the European Renaissance and Reformation and Ancient India and China. Students are also assisted in gaining the study skills and writing experiences which are integral to success in Social Studies at advanced grade levels. Current event investigations are also pursued throughout the year. 

Social Studies 9: Byng Arts (MSS--09BA)
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
Social Studies 9 parallels the chronological development of civilizations studied in Social Studies 8. Students will investigate four major theme areas: The development of Democracy in the modern world, the struggle between technological advancement and social welfare, the conflict between cultures and their competing interests and the emergence of Canadian identity. Topics which are studied include Kings versus Parliament in England, the French Revolution, The Industrial Revolution in England, Indigenous peoples in Canada, early European exploration and the settlement of North America and British and French competition for control of North America. Along with historical studies, students are also taught geographical mapping skills as well as identification of land forms and geographic regions in Canada. Current event investigations are also pursued throughout the year. 


Social Studies 10: Byng Arts (MSS--10BA)
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
Provincial exam: 20% of final
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--11BA)
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.
 
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. 
  
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.  
 
Comparative Civilizations 12 (MCCN-12)
Grades: 12
Prerequisite: Social Studies 11
Comparative Civilizations 12 investigates ancient civilizations in developing an awareness of the ancient past’s connections with civilization today. Topics which are studied include the Cradle of Civilization in Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Preclassical and Classical Greece, the ancient Mayans and Aztecs, and the legacy of Imperial China and Rome. Many interesting themes are explored that emerge from the topics studied such as world mythologies, ancient philosophies, achievements in art, theatre and architecture. Course highlights include a World
Mythologies group presentation, an ethical issues symposium and a guest presenter featuring an opportunity to participate in World music. Furthermore, emphasis on travel as a measure of education is also a significant element reinforced through course studies. All in all, through a focus on the ancient world, Comparative Civilizations 12 examines the human experience of the past in order to provide a better understanding of their political, religious, cultural and environmental significance today.  
 
Geography 12 (MGEO-12)
Grades: 12
Prerequisite: 67% or higher recommended in 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. 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: 67% or higher recommended in 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, 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 written challenges such as interpreting historical documents and persuasive essay writing. A field trip in the spring to the Holocaust  symposium at UBC is another interesting aspect of this course.
 
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.