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Social Studies Curriculum

Grade Eight​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Julius Caesar

Charlemagne

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Christopher Columbus


Grade Nine​ ​
Charles I Execution

Ancien Regime

Napoleon Bonaparte

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Ursiline Nuns

Plains of Abraham

Grade Ten ​ ​ ​
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Grade Eleven​ ​ ​ ​ ​
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Grade Twelve​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
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Course Descriptions:
 
Grade Eight students begin their journey with the Roman Empire and study the forces that led to its decline, only to usher in the Middle Ages. Religious warfare, the Crusades, and the Black Death eventually lead to the decline of Feudalism and replace man's focus on the afterlife with the focus on man, the here and now in the form of Renaissance thinking. Internal troubles bring about a split in the Church that would have enormous repercussions through the rise of individualism and expansion of man's horizon into foreign worlds through exploration.
 
Grade Nine students explore the relationship of people to their governments starting with the various attempts at political reforms in Stuart England and pre-revolutionary France that lead to a series of political outcomes ranging from a Constitutional Monarchy to the French Republic, a structure with so many internal weaknesses that a new form of despotism under Napoleon Bonaparte emerges. While political reforms in England have produced political stability that industrial change emerges in rapid fashion, the same can not be said for France. Attempts by both Britain and France to establish overseas colonies leads to war between both countries not only in Europe but also overseas, so that New France is taken over by Britain.
 
Grade Ten students focus on the internal forces that exist in the colony now controlled by Britain, the effects of migration on the political structure and eventual reform movements leading up to Confederation. Canada experiences her own form of imperialism through its westward expansion and ensuing conflicts with Metis and First Nations people. Finally, Grade Ten students explore some of the basics of Canadas and British Columbia's economic development.
 
Grade Eleven students study Canada's involvement in World Wars and investigate how war has shaped the lives of people at home both during and after each major war. Internal strife along ethnic lines or class warfare is examined as much as social relationships between different groups. A strong focus exists on how Canada moved away from her colonial status into an independent nation and into a country that focussed on peace missions as a middle power. The course also focusses on Canada's international role as a go-between between developed and developing nations
 
Grade Twelve offers students the choice to specialize and take one or a combination of the following courses: Comparative Civilizations 12, Economics 12, Geography 12, Law 12, and Philosophy 12.

Geography 12 is the what of where. Geographers have a sense of wonder about the world and seek to understand it. They study why the world is shaped the way it is, how people interact with it, and the consequences of those interactions. Geography is important because understanding our planet, its people, and its processes will enable us to preserve and protect it for future generations. Geography 12 is an introduction to the physical environment. It is an earth sciences course that can be used as a science credit at a number of post secondary institutions.
 
Economics 12 is divided into three parts: Micro-Economics (Supply & Demand, Elasticity, Theory of Consumer Behaviour, Consumer Behaviour, Business Organization, Theory of Production, Cost of Production, The purely competitive firm, Theory of Monopoly, Imperfect Competition, Oligopoly), Historic Economics, (Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus,  David Ricardo, J.S. Mills, Karl Marx, and J.M. Keynes) and Personal Economics (Day-to-day money management, Saving, Investment, Wealth Management).

Assessment is based on unit tests, essays and a project. 50% Exams, 50% Homework.

Text: Economics. A problem-solving approach, New Ideas from Dead Economists.
 

Law 12
introduces students to the basic elements of Canadian law and provides the opportunity to develop legal skills through mock trials, legal analysis, and identifying key issues in legal case studies. Areas of law discussed are Foundations of Law, Criminal Law, Youth and Crime, Tort Law, Contract Law, and Family Law.

Assessment is based on assignments, class discussion and projects. See the blog for details.

Text: Law in Action, Handouts.