Student friendly course descriptions – canadian and world studies



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Student friendly course descriptions – canadian and world studies

Grade 9

Issues in Canadian Geography, Grade 9 - applied

CGC 1P0

This course looks at the location, relationships, events and issues that create Canada’s unique characteristics and place in the world. In this course you will explore how Canada was created, how it changes over time, Canada’s links to other countries, how we use and exploit our resources, how our cities are changing our land and how we can make improvements to our environment. A strong theme throughout the course involves native studies as we look at the link between Traditional Ecological Knowledge and the understanding if issues from a modern/western perspective.


Skills that will be developed include: map creation and use, Global Information Systems (Computerized maps) and Global Positioning Systems, Evaluation of sources, Knowledge of Issues and Debate.
Projects include Comic Creation, Presentations, Debates and Tests
Prerequisite: None

Issues Canadian Geography, Grade 9 - academic

CGC 1D

This course looks at the location, relationships, events and issues that create Canada’s unique characteristics and place in the world. In this course you will explore how Canada was created, how it changes over time, Canada’s links to other countries, how we use and exploit our resources, how our cities are changing our land and how we can make improvements to our environment. A strong theme throughout the course involves native studies as we look at the link between Traditional Ecological Knowledge and the understanding if issues from a modern / western perspective.


Skills that will be developed include map creation and use, Global Information Systems (Computerized maps) and Global Positioning Systems, Evaluation of sources, Research skills, Knowledge of Issues and Debate
Projects include: Presentations, Written Research Papers, Maps, Debates and Graphic Organizers
Prerequisite: None

Grade 10
Canadian History since WW1, Grade 10 - applied

CHC 2P0

History is about change; changing times, ideas, and people. This course looks at the events and

experiences that have shaped Canada into the country we know and love today! By taking a hands-on approach, students will be able to make connections between the past and the present. Experience what it feels like to lose all your money in a Stock Market crash, or how it felt to live in the trenches, or create a bomb shelter that your family would be able to survive in. Many of the changes that happened long ago are the basis for our lives today.
Topics will include: War, Peace, Politics, Genocide, Humanites and the Economy

Projects include Presentations, Role-plays, Posters and Tests


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Canadian History, Grade 10 - Academic

CHC 2D0

History is about change; changing times, ideas, and people. This course looks at the events and

experiences that have shaped Canada into the country we know and love today! By organizing the century into big ideas, rather than concentrating on dates and numbers students will be able to make connections between the past and the present. Many of the changes that happened long ago are the basis for our lives today.

Topics will include: War, Peace, Foreign Relations, Humanities, Politics, and Economy

Projects and activities include: Portfolio, Trench Letters, Presentations and Posters, Simulation Activities, Debates, Newspaper articles
Prerequisite: None

Civics and Citizenship, Grade 10 – Open

CHV 2O0

Civics is a half credit course that explores what it means to be an informed citizen in a democratic society. Students first discover how they already contribute and participate in Canadian society as citizens and then learn how they can make positive contributions to their local, national, and global community. Students spend time becoming familiar with the mechanics of government – how laws are made, how the justice system works, and how to participate in the election process. Our final unit looks at current global issues. As global citizens, students are encouraged to closely examine their impact on global issues like environmental degradation, overconsumption, and social injustices and discover little things they can do in their everyday lives to address these issues. While learning about the local and global community, the class actively participates in an online-simulation where they create their own country, elect students in the class to the government of their country, and create laws and abide by them. Students are expected to meet the wants and needs of their fictional families by finding employment to provide food, shelter and other necessities in order to “survive” in the simulation.


One of the main components of this course is a term-long simulation called “The Civic Mirror”. Basic computer skills, as well as critical thinking and future planning are important to master this simulation. As well, there are several important presentations on provincial, national and global issues. Students should be able to write short paragraphs and reflections, as well as be somewhat comfortable presenting in front of the classroom. The final assessment includes a reflection on the Civic Mirror and a presentation on a global issue of their choice.

Prerequisite: None


Grade 11
Forces of Nature: Physical Processes and Disasters, Grade 11 – University/College Preparation

CGF 3M0

Hurricane Katrina, Tornadoes, Floods, catastrophes! Forces of Nature looks at how the earth was created and how natural processes and disasters continue to change how it looks and is structured. During the course students will explore in more detail how:



  • the solar system was created along with the formation of the earth and the moon

  • the implications for the structure of the earth and how the continents formed

  • How water continues to change how the world looks

  • The effect of storms and natural disasters on people and environments and what causes them

This course will involve some outdoor activities and may include field trips to the Niagara Escarpment or Warsaw Caves

Prerequisite: Geography of Canada , Grade 9, Academic or Applied (CGC1D or CGC 1P)


Travel and Tourism: A Geographic Perspective, Grade 11 – Open

CGG 3O0

This course looks at the world with a regional context exploring the many travel and work opportunities in the world of tourism. The class will learn how to plan trips to exotic destinations including issues of how to stay safe overseas and preparation for travelling adventures. You will also look into concepts of responsible tourism, sustainability and ecotourism. Regions of the world that will be explored will include Europe, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, South America and Asia. Field trips and outdoor activities may include a trip to Niagara Falls to explore the many tourism opportunities there.



Prerequisite: Geography of Canada, Grade 9, Academic or Applied (CGC1D or CGC 1P)

American History, Grade 11, University Preparation

CHA3U0

Barak Obama, 9/11, Malcolm X, Assassination, Slavery, Scandals, Revolution, WAR! WAR! WAR! These are all topics that will be covered in American History!! Discover how our neighbour to the south evolved from a British colony to a global superpower. Will they be able to maintain this global domination? Using a variety of sources students will explore American history from colonial times to the present and discover the legacy that still impacts the current social, cultural, and political climate of the United States. Also, students will examine the impact America has on Canada and the rest of the world.


Potential Projects and Activities: Individual research into a topic of your choosing! Debates on conspiracy on theories (ex. Assassination of JFK, 9/11), Political cartoon analysis and creation,

War based simulations, Mock trials of former US presidents



Prerequisite: Canadian History Since World War I, Grade 10, Academic (CHC 2D) or Applied (CHC 2P)

World History since 1900: Global and Regional Interactions, Grade 11 – Open

CHT 3O0

This course looks at the people, ideas and major events of the world from the 20th century. Unlike Gr. 10 history, which focused on events from a Canadian perspective, this course will explore what was going on in history in the rest of the world during this time frame. By studying the Russian Revolution, the People’s Revolution in China, WWII in the Pacific, and important political changes in other parts of the world, students will understand the significance of world empires, the connection between nationalism and internationalism, the relationship between people and their leaders, and how everyday life has changed since 1900 to the present. You have already learned about what Canadians were doing in the 20th century; if you are interested in learning about what the rest of the world was doing, this is the senior-level Canadian and World Studies course for you. Come and find out how so many of the changes that happened long ago make our world what it is today.



Prerequisite: Canadian History Applied (CHC 2P) or Academic (CHC 2D)

World History to the End of the Fifteenth Century (formerly Ancient Civilizations), Grade 11 – University/College Preparation

CHW 3M0

In Ancient History, students will take a journey through time to examine societies of the past and their contributions to modern day. They will examine pyramids, mummies, war, architecture and the afterlife to name a few. Throughout the course, the term “history repeats itself” becomes extremely apparent as students look at empires of the past and how they began and ended. Students will make connections between each civilization, as well as connections to modern day empires through: Visual, Oral, Written and Technological assignments.



Prerequisite: Canadian History Applied (CHC 2P) or Academic (CHC 2D)

Understanding Canadian Law, Grade 11 – University/College Preparation

CLU 3M0

This course examines the Canadian legal system in local social and political context and further explores Canada’s commitment and role in the  international legal community.  Students will study ancient philosophies of law  and contemporary sources of  law providing the background to examine current legal issues.  Students will have the opportunity to explore legal issues of interest to them and critically assess the information before sharing their research through presentations and student-lead seminars.

 

Units of study are:  theories and philosophies of law, rights and freedoms, criminal law, international law, labour and environmental law.  Students will organize and participate in mock trials, create pod casts, seminars, and research and write on a topic of their choice.



Prerequisite: Canadian History Applied (CHC 2P) or Academic (CHC 2D)

Understanding Canadian Law in Everyday Life, Grade 11 Workplace Preparation

CLU 3E0

This course is designed for individuals who are interested in understanding the law but aren’t planning on becoming lawyers, judges or paralegals. Planning on running a business? Thinking about apprenticeship opportunities? This is law for you for your everyday life, important things you need to know as you venture into adulthood. You will develop a respect for the law and understand of its relevance to everyday life. You will gain an appreciation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the basic human rights that as a Canadians you enjoy but maybe take for granted.



Prerequisite: Canadian History Applied (CHC 2P) or Academic (CHC 2D)

Current Aboriginal Issues in Canada, Gr. 11 University College/Prep

NDA 3M0

Residential Schools, The Indian Act, Idle No More protests, Environmental Activism ~ why are Canada’s Native peoples in the news so much lately? What’s all this talk about land rights, traditional ecological knowledge and respecting our First Nations as independent peoples within Canada? This course looks at the past, present and future of Aboriginal peoples in Canada – the challenges they face in overcoming the systematic attempt by the Canadian government to destroy First Nations culture.


Topics will include: Treaty Rights, Residential Schools, IdleNoMore, along with social issues faced by First Nations (alcoholism, suicide, education) and Traditional Ecological Knowledge.

Activities: Field trip to the Six nations reserve, Circle discussions, visits from Native elders. Contemporary Art &/or writing assignment.



Prerequisite: Canadian History Applied (CHC 2P) or Academic (CHC 2D)

Grade 12
The Environment and Resource Management Gr. 12 University/College Prep

CGR 4M0

Passionate about the environment? Tired of hearing all this bad news about global environmental destruction and feeling like something should be done about it? This course is for you! You’ve heard the topics before – Climate Change, Ecological Destruction, Water Pollution, Chemicals and Carcinogens, Managing our Consumption and Waste – but now is your chance to DO something about it. This course delves into these topics with more depth, focusing on the issues causing these crises, and less on the science behind it. Using current events, technology and a critical approach to all the confusion about there about what’s wrong with our planet, you will finish this course feeling empowered to make a difference as you move on to post-secondary education.

Topics will include: Climate Change, Biodiversity, Pollution, Overconsumption, Suburban Sprawl, Waste Management.

Assignments: Waste and Water Audits, Issues Presentations, Environmental Action Project



Prerequisite: Any university, university/college, or college preparation course in Canadian

and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities


World Issues: A Geographic Analysis, Grade 12, University Preparation

CGW4U0

Interested in the world around you? Do you want to know how to be involved in making positive changes for our future? If so, take this course! A few examples of the issues we will explore are: natural disasters and relief efforts, mass migration of people, global food availability, the protection of children, war, global biodiversity, trade and economic development of nations, urbanization and development, resource use and misuse, and human rights activism. Through case studies, guest speakers, and firsthand experience, you will develop a balanced opinion about challenging and controversial issues facing Canada and our constantly changing world.


Projects & Activities:

  • Guest Speakers

  • Helping plan a board-wide sustainability conference

  • Green technology and global food issues experience

  • Debates on geopolitical world issues (e.g., population control)

  • Teleconferencing classrooms around the world

  • Book analysis on war victims, child soldiers, and refugees

  • Habitat for Humanity

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities

Adventures in World History, Grade 12, Workplace

CHM4E0

Are you up for an adventure through time? Because if you are, Adventures in World History is for you! Students will begin their journey in the Stone Ages to present day.  Topics include: Egypt, Greece, Rome, Vikings, Medieval, Renaissance, and Industrial Revolution.


Students will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in class to these various assignments, which include: Greek Olympics, Roman mapping project, Viking ship races, and designing a Medieval castle.

Prerequisite: Canadian History Applied (CHC 2P) or Academic (CHC 2D)



World History since the Fifteenth Century (formerly the West and the World), Grade 12, University

CHY4U0

In West and the World, students will examine European as well as worldly connections from the 1500’s to today. They will have the opportunity to begin in the late medieval period and continue through to present, looking at topics from castles and knights to Renaissance art and Napoleon to the Russian Revolution. Students will create Vodcasts (video podcasts), they will take part in a historical meet and great and they will create other oral, visual and written content. If you are interested in understanding current issues in relation to the past than West and the World is for you.


Prerequisite: Any university or university/ college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities

Legal Studies – Grade 12 – College Preparation

CLN 4C0

This course is designed for anyone interested in the legal fields of Paralegal, Law Clerk, and Criminal Justice studies at the college level. The course examines the Canadian legal system and makes connections to real life situations.  Students will study criminal behavior, what causes crime and the punishments and consequences that follow. Students will have the opportunity to explore legal issues of interest to them and complete a crime and punishment video, debates and mock trials throughout the semester. The units of study include:  theories and philosophies of law, rights and freedoms, criminal law, international law, labour and environmental law.



Prerequisite: Civics and Citizenship CHV2O Grade 10, Open

Canadian and International Law, Grade 12 – University Preparation

CLN4U0

This course examines the Canadian legal system in local social and political context and further explores Canada’s commitment and role in the  international legal community.  Students will study ancient philosophies of law  and contemporary sources of  law providing the background to examine current legal issues.  Students will have the opportunity to explore legal issues of interest to them and critically assess the information before sharing their research through presentations and student-lead seminars.


Prerequisite: Any university or university/ college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities

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