Sutherland Secondary
North Vancouver School District
Social Studies
SOCIAL STUDIES 8                                                                                            (MSS--08)
This course reinforces the idea that distinctive cultures develop in response to a variety of influences through the study of historical trends in Ancient Times, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Reformation.  Knowledge of geography and associated skills acquired in the elementary school grades are reinforced and expanded.  The basic assumption underlying this and subsequent Social Studies courses is that History and Geography topics will be taught in an integrated manner following an introductory unit on basic map and globe reading skills.  Current events are also considered to be integral to this course.
SOCIAL STUDIES 9                                                                                             (MSS--09)
This course builds on the Renaissance and classical themes introduced in grade 7 and 8.   Students are also introduced to the early history of Canada at this level.  Canadian culture and its development are studied in the context of influences which are unique to North America.  Geographic knowledge and skills previously acquired are reinforced and expanded.  These are, wherever possible, integrated with a study of the history.  The discussion of current events is considered to be integral to this course.                                              
Prerequisite:  MSS--08
SOCIAL STUDIES 10                                    (4 credits)                                         (MSS--10)                                   (SS 10)
Grade 10 Social Studies continues the focus on Canada's development as a nation.  A particular emphasis is placed on the history and related geography of Western Canada.  Canada's economy and our place in Pacific Rim trade are also emphasized.  Geographic knowledge and skills previously acquired are reinforced and expanded.  These are, wherever possible, integrated with the study of history and economics.                                                                                                  
 Prerequisite:  MSS--09
EXPLORE 10                     (8 credits - Social Studies 10 + Outdoor Ed 10)         (MSS--10--E)
The Explore Program is an outdoor and environmental program open to all Grade 10 students who fit the criteria. The program involves a combination of Social Studies curricular work, outdoor activities, traditional Physical Education and classroom lessons.  Students will participate in several field trips, fundraising activities, community service and overnight camping trips.   Criteria for selection includes:  completion of an application questionnaire, a student essay and a positive record of social interaction and academic performance.  Upon successful completion of Explore 10, the student receives credit for both Outdoor Education 10 and S.S.10.  PE 10 credit is earned through Distance Learning course work successfully completed. Admission is by application.             
Prerequisites:  PE 9 and Social Studies 9
Supplementary Fee $90.00:
The Supplementary Fee covers the cost of optional recreational activities, transportation and overnight field trips.  Students will be responsible for supplying their own food for overnight trips.
SOCIAL STUDIES 11                                    (4 credits)                                         (MSS--11)
This course is provincially examinable.
Grade 11 Social Studies continues the study of contemporary Canada which was introduced in grade 10.  The focus at the grade 11 level is government, politics and recent Canadian history.  Students will, in addition, examine Canada's relations with the rest of the world.  The transition to a global perspective will be made through an investigation of such major concerns as population growth, the distribution of resources, and the impact of industrialization and technology on modern society.  Geographic knowledge and skills previously acquired are reinforced and expanded.  The discussion of current events is considered to be integral to this course.                                                             
Prerequisite:  MSS--10
SOCIAL STUDIES 11 (HONOURS)             (4 credits)                                   (MSS--11--H)
This course is provincially examinable.
The content of this course is the same as Social Studies 11, but this section has a more academic focus.  This section is intended for students planning to go on to College or University.  Essay writing and critical thinking will be stressed.  Marks will be determined by a comparison with the general grade 11 population and not solely in comparison with students enrolled in this section.     
Prerequisite:  MSS--10
CIVICS 11                                                      (4 credits)                                      (MCIV--11)
This course is intended as an alternative to Social Studies 11, but students are reminded that post-secondary institutions may not use its marks in evaluating students for entry – either in place of Social Studies 11 or as an academic 12.  Course material is an expansion of the Government section of the current Social Studies 11 course.  Civics 11 will deal with Informed Citizenship:   encouraging students to become “mindful of their connections to the civic world and their responsibilities as members of various local and global communities*”; Civic Deliberation:  “evaluating historical and contemporary civic decisions that have emerged*” in relation to a range of defining Canadian issues; and Civic Action:  helping students “understand their own place in civic processes*” and “examine a range of processes of civic action to understand how they operate and to assess their appropriateness for various purposes*”.                 
*Quotations from Ministry draft IRP                                                                
Prerequisite:  MSS--10
FIRST NATIONS 12                                      (4 credits)                                         (MFNS-12)
This course is provincially examinable.
First Nations 12 was developed by the Ministry of Education as an alternative to Social Studies 11 and Civics 11 courses.  This course may be taken in place of Social Studies 11, but students are cautioned that many post-secondary institutions may not accept First Nations 12 in lieu of Social Studies 11 for satisfying entrance requirements.  Curricular content involves a study of Aboriginal people and their relationship to the land, the historical background of contact, colonialism and resistance, aboriginal cultural expression, and an understanding of legislation and its effects on First Nations people.                                                   
 Prerequisite:  MSS--10                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
LAW 12                                                          (4 credits)                                       (MLAW-12)
This course is designed to provide students with a basic introduction to the Canadian legal system.  The emphasis of the course is directed toward the study of commonly encountered legal problems in the broad field of civil law.  Law 12 will cover the following major areas: the legal system, human rights, family law, citizenship, contracts, real property, wills, consumer protection, sales of goods, labour law and bailment.  This is not a provincially examinable course.                       
Prerequisite:  Social Studies 11
GEOGRAPHY 12                                          (4 credits)                                      (MGEO-12)
This is a course in physical geography which examines the interconnections between human activities and the earth’s physical systems.  It integrates many subjects including geology, ecology, climatology, history and politics to analyze current environmental issues.  Satellite technology including remote sensing and GPS as well as computer mapping tools such as GIS (Geographic Information Systems) will be examined.  Activities include outside field work, demonstrations, and project work.  The skills developed by this integrative study can be applied to a whole range of potential careers.      
Prerequisite:  MSS--11                                                                            
 HISTORY 12                                                  (4 credits)                                          (MHI--12)
The History 12 course is designed to make students aware of the great developments which have taken place during the 20th Century and how they have profoundly affected our civilization and way of life.  The four major units of study for this course will be the opening of the 20th Century and the Great War, the period between the wars, the Second World War and the World since 1945.  History students might consider Literature 12 and Comparative Civilization 12 as complementary courses.                                                                                                
 Prerequisite:  MSS--11
COMPARATIVE CIVILIZATIONS 12           (4 credits)                                        (MCCN-12)
Civilization 12 is a course which will allow students to develop a basic understanding of the evolution of western art forms from the time of Old Kingdom Egypt to the 18th century.  This examination demonstrates how cultural interchange has produced growth and change.  This course will look at trends in architecture, sculpture, painting, philosophy, poetry and music.  This is not a provincially examinable course.                                                           
Prerequisite:  MSS--11 or permission of the teacher
SOCIAL JUSTICE 12                                  (4 credits)                                     (MSJ--12)
Social Justice 12 is a year-long course, meeting approximately once a week outside the regular school timetable.  This course enables students to recognize and understand the causes of injustice apply critical thinking and ethical reasoning skills to social justice issues, develop an understanding of what it means to act in a socially just manner, and become responsible agents of change.  The course will examine the values and diversity in our community and nation, and critically assess ethical behaviour on a global scale, including topics such as Aboriginal Peoples, racism, gender and ability discrimination, homelessness and poverty, power and violence, militarism and imperialism, globalization and environmental degradation.  Students enrolled in this course may be required to volunteer with local organizations, participate in the Vancouver Model UN conference, assist with the establishment of the Sutherland Equity Garden, and create, manage and run awareness campaigns and events within the school and community.  The course may include either a remote Canadian or an international trip, details of which will be available prior to course selection time.  The trip is NOT a requirement.  Students not participating in the trip will be given alternate assignments.  Admission to this course is BY APPLICATION ONLY.  Registration is BY TEACHER PERMISSION ONLY.  (Students opting for the trip will be required to provide a deposit of $500 by course selection time.)   Social Justice Blog  
Supplementary Fee:  $200.00    Prerequisite: MSS –10.  Social Studies 11 can be taken concurrently