Social Studies 11 Course Outline



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Social Studies 11 Course Outline

Mrs. Leary

bleary@sd35.bc.ca
Socials Studies 11 covers the political, social, and economic evolution of Canada in the 20th century. Students will examine what it means to be Canadian by exploring 3 key areas of study: History, Government, and Human geography. In the History section, we will explore Canada’s involvement in 2 world wars, the great depression, the cold war, and tensions between French and English Canada. In the government Unit we will examine how our government is formed and the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizens. In the Geography Unit, we will look at issues facing our world, such as changes in environment and population, and the impact on Canada. Though this course, students will question our nation’s identity and role on the world stage, and begin to understand what it means to be
Course Units:




  1. World War 1

Autonomy and International Involvement

  • Assess Canada’s role in World War 1 and the war’s impact on Canada

  • Describe Canada’s evolution as a politically autonomous nation



  1. Interwar years – 1920s & 30s

Society and Identity

  • Explain economic cycles with reference to the Great Depression and the labour movement in Canada



  1. World War 2

Autonomy and International Involvement

  • Assess Canada’s role in World War II and the war’s impact on Canada

  • Describe Canada’s evolution as a politically autonomous nation



  1. The Post War years: The Cold War

Autonomy and International Involvement

  • Assess Canada’s participation in world affairs with reference to: human rights, united nations, cold war, modern conflicts



  1. Post War years: Canadian society

Society and identity

  • Assess the development and impact of Canadian social policies and programs related to immigration, the welfare state, and minority rights

  • Represent what it means to be Canadian with reference to distinctive Canadian programs and policies, important Canadian cultural and scientific achievements

  • Describe the role of women in terms of social, political and economic change in Canada







  1. Multiculturalism:

French Canada and First Nations

Society and Identity

  • Assess the impact of the conscription crises, Quebec nationalism, bilingualism, regionalism on Canadian Unity

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the challenges faced by Aboriginal people in Canada during the 20th century and their responses, with reference to: residential schools, reserves, self-government, treaty negotiations



  1. The United Nations

Autonomy and International Involvement

  • assess Canada’s participation in world affairs with reference tohuman rights,United Nations, andmodern conflicts



  1. Government

Politics and Government

  • Demonstrate understanding of the political spectrum

  • Describe major provisions of the Canadian constitution, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and assess its impact on Canadian Society

  • Explain how Canadians can effect change at the Federal and Provincial levels

  • Explain how Federal and provincial governments are formed in Canada



  1. Human Geography

Human Geography

  • Assess environmental challenges facing Canadians, including: global warming, ozone layer depletion, fresh water quality and supply

  • Compare Canada’s standard of living with those of developing countries, with reference to poverty and key indicators of human development

  • Explain the significance of changes in world population with reference to : population pyramids, distribution, density, and demographic transition models




SKILLS AND PROCESSES OF SOCIAL STUDIES will be intergraded throughout the course. This includes:

  • apply critical thinking—including questioning, comparing, summarizing, drawing conclusions, and defending a position—to make reasoned judgments about a range of issues, situations, and topics

  • demonstrate effective research skills, includingaccessing information,assessing information,collecting data,evaluating data,organizing information,presenting information,citing sources

  • demonstrate effective written, oral, and graphic communication skills

  • demonstrate skills and attitudes of active citizenship, including ethical behaviour, open-mindedness,

  • respect for diversity, and collaboration



Assessment and Evaluation:
Students will be assessed based on assignments, projects, presentations, quizzes and tests that demonstrate their ability to meet the learning outcomes. The class mark will be broken down based on the curriculum organizers:
Skills and Processes of Social Studies 20%

Autonomy and International Involvement 21%

Society and Identity 20%

Politics and Government 18%

Human Geography 18%
Mock Provincial 5%

Course work is worth 80% of the final Grade, and the Provincial Exam is 20%




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