Social Studies


Humanities 8 integrates the study of English and Social Studies and is a course that runs for the whole year.  It is designed to develop students' skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking and will emphasize both comprehension and composition skills.  Course content includes concentrations on the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, mapping, and basic geographical concepts.   A wide range of literature is studied and a workbook supports grammar and composition lessons. 


Social Studies 9 is a course that invites students to explore and discover Canada’s beginnings and how the European concepts of revolution, nationalism and imperialism have created this country. Students will study these concepts with respect to the revolutions in England, France and the United States. Students will also examine how nationalism and imperialism affected the aboriginals and help establish the roots of Canada as well as the development of Confederation. In studying these concepts, students will be encouraged to develop an appreciation of democracy and what it means to be a Canadian; demonstrate respect for human equality and cultural diversity and to think critically about various situations presented.


The theme of the course is Canada in a changing world.  The history component focuses on twentieth century Canada with emphasis on the Canadian political system, social and economic change and Canada’s role in world affairs. The geography section while continuing to develop basic geography skills, emphasizes such topics as resource management, population, food production, urbanization and the impact of technology.

Prerequisite:  SS 10

This is a new course that provides graduation credits for Social Studies and also introduces our Grade 12 electives such as History, Law, Social Justice, and Geography. This course explores themes and topics such as Human Rights, First Nations Studies, Economics, Urban Studies, Philosophy, and Local History. These themes lead to the over arching question: How are "history" and "place" a part of our everyday lives?

HISTORY 12 (HI 12)
Prerequisite:  SS 11

History 12 is a senior elective in Social Studies.  It is a twentieth century world history course covering events from 1919 to 1991.  The historical chronology and context will be viewed through five major themes: geopolitical events, social changes, economic and technological developments, and the role of the individual in history.

Prerequisite:  SS 11

Physical Geography 12 is a course with emphasis on such topics as the earth’s surface, landforms, soils, vegetation, land use, climate and weather.  This course will also offer a brief introduction to a variety of human geography concepts such as:  behavioural and spatial geography as well as urban geography.

Prerequisite:  SS 11

Social Justice 12 is a provincially approved course.  The aim of Social Justice 12 is to raise students’ awareness of social injustice, to enable them to analyze situations from a social justice perspective, and to provide them with knowledge as well as ethical and philosophical reasoning skills by exploring issues of injustice in a local and global context. Students will examine inequality and injustice based on various social factors, and will work to invoke change to become ethical and socially responsible global citizens. Topics include: media, consumerism, propaganda, child labour, homophobia, women’s rights, racism, global issues, and environmentalism.  Social Justice 12 promotes the pursuit of social justice as an important responsibility for all, and provides opportunities for students to examine models of social change and implement strategies to address social injustice in their community.  Areas of focus will include: genocide, poverty, globalization and human rights.

LAW 12 (LAW 12)
Prerequisite:  SS 11

Law 12 includes an introduction to the Canadian legal system with emphasis on criminal law, family law, and contract law.  The Canadian court system, torts, wills and estates, and the criminal justice system are part of the course.  In order to develop an understanding of the court system, students will observe both provincial and federal courts and conduct a mock trial.  There will be guest speakers including the police, lawyers, and offenders.