Sutherland Secondary
North Vancouver School District
Social Studies

SOCIAL STUDIES

SOCIAL STUDIES 8                                                                                                        

This course reinforces the idea that distinctive cultures develop in response to a variety of influences and that contact between peoples can result in significant political, social and cultural change. Topics covered may include the Late Middle Ages, the Reformation and Renaissance, World Religions, the History and Culture of China, Japan and India, the Industrial Revolution, the Age of Exploration, the Early Colonization of North America, and the Impact of Colonization on the First Nations People of Canada. The basic assumption underlying all Social Studies courses is that History and Geography will be taught in an integrative manner. Current events are also considered to be integral to this course.

SOCIAL STUDIES 9                                                                  

This course builds on the concepts introduced in grades 7 and 8. Students will examine how societies are affected by emerging ideas and ideologies, the physical environment, and the disparity in power among different groups. Topics covered may include the American Revolution, the French Revolution, Napoleon, and Canadian History from approximately 1812 to the WWI era. Geographic knowledge will continue to be integrated with the study of history. The discussion of current events is considered to be integral to this course.

SOCIAL STUDIES EXPLORER 9 – Social Studies 9 + PE 9 with an outdoor focus

The Explorer Program is an outdoor education program that strives to develop student skills, intellect and personal growth through relevant environmental and experiential learning. The goal of the program is to foster respectful, responsible environmental citizens who understand the historical roots of Canada and have an appreciation for various outdoor pursuits. Through the combination of social studies and physical education curriculums, students will be challenged to debate, lead and problem solve. Students will participate in several field trips, community service and overnight camping trips.  All grade 8 students are welcome to apply to the program. Successful applicants will have completed an application questionnaire, a student essay and have displayed a positive record of social interaction and academic performance. Upon completion of the program students will receive credit for Social Studies 9 and Physical Education 9. Admission is by application.

Supplementary Fee $90.00: Additional fees will be assessed for optional field trips and activities.

SOCIAL STUDIES 10                                                                                                         

Grade 10 Social Studies continues the study of contemporary Canada which was introduced in grade 9. The focus at the grade 10 level is government, politics and recent Canadian history. In addition, students will 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.                                                   

SOCIAL STUDIES EXPLORER 10* - Social Studies 10 + Outdoor Ed 10                                   

The Explorer Program is an outdoor education program that strives to develop student skills, intellect and personal growth through relevant environmental and experiential learning. The goal of the program is to foster respectful, responsible environmental citizens who understand the historical roots of Canada and have an appreciation for various outdoor pursuits. Through the combination of social studies and outdoor education curriculums, students will be challenged to debate, lead and problem solve. Students will participate in several field trips, community service and an overnight backcountry camping trip.  All grade 9 students are welcome to apply to the program. Successful applicants will have completed an application questionnaire, a student essay and have displayed a positive record of social interaction and academic performance. Upon successful completion of Social Studies Explorer 10, the student receives credit for both Outdoor Education 10 and Social Studies10. A PE 10 or Planning 10 credit is earned through the successful completion of a Distance Learning course.  Admission is by application.

Supplementary Fee $90.00: Additional fees will be assessed for optional field trips and activities.

*2017-2018 is the final year of Explorer 10.

                    

SOCIAL STUDIES 11                                                                                                         

Grade 11 social studies will continue to examine Canada's place in a globalizing world. Students will explore the geographic regions of Canada with a focus on resource and economic industries. In addition, students will investigate global geographic issues such as population growth, the distribution of resources, and the impact of industrialization and technology on modern society. The second half of the course will survey new senior curriculum courses in the areas of philosophy, genocide studies, urban studies, political sciences and comparative cultures and religion.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES  11 Global Perspectives

 

"A butterfly flaps its wings in Madagascar and

causes a tsunami in Tofino"

 

In other words, everything in today's world is interconnected and even the slightest change can precipitate unforeseen and unintended consequences.

The Global Perspectives Program is a cohort-based curriculum of studies that has been designed to help students understand and thrive in the new, global economic reality.  The program encourages exploration of global interconnection by fostering critical thinking and developing leadership skills for a sustainable future.  

Grade 11 students enrolled in the program will explore a global perspective through experiential learning of local and international issues. Students will participate in a wide array of experiences, ranging from visits to local social enterprises, economic think-tanks, and multinational corporations to overnight field trips. Students will also have the opportunity to volunteer with local organizations, take part in Model United Nations conferences, and assist with the Sutherland Schoolyard Market Garden. A major international trip is also envisioned as a key component of the program.

Students electing to participate in the Global Perspectives Program will be enrolled in the following four courses during one semester of their Grade 11 year:

  • Social Studies 11
  • English 11
  • Economics 12
  • Social Justice 12 

     
    Admission is by application.  Criteria for selection includes: completion of an application questionnaire, a short student essay and a positive record of social interaction and academic performance. Additional fees will be assessed for field trips and activities.

     

FIRST NATIONS 12                                                                                                          

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.


LAW 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 legal problems in the broad field of civil and criminal law. Law 12 will cover the following major areas: the legal system, human rights, family law, criminal law, tort law, citizenship, contracts, and wills.

GEOGRAPHY 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 fieldwork, demonstrations, and project work. The skills developed by this integrative study can be applied to a whole range of potential careers.

                                                                                                                                                         

HISTORY 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 as a complementary course.

                                                                                         

COMPARATIVE CIVILIZATIONS 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 and sculpture.