Course Outline

Social Studies 10

Teacher: Mr. Chan


Required Materials: Laptop (Preferred), tablet, charger, head/earphones, textbook pdfs, mouse (optional)

Course Description/ Objective:

Social studies, as defined in BC curricula, is a multidisciplinary subject that draws from the social sciences and humanities to study human interaction and natural and social environments.

The aim of social studies is to develop thoughtful, and responsible citizens who are able to acquire the requisite information to consider multiple perspectives and to defend a position. The Social Studies 10 curriculum provides students with opportunities to critically reflect upon events and issues in order to examine the past and make connections. Through their participation in social studies, students are encouraged to:

  • develop an appreciation of democracy and what it means to be Canadian
  • demonstrate respect for human equality and cultural diversity
  • think critically, evaluate information, and practice effective communication

The study of social studies contributes to the important goal of preparing students for their lives as Canadian citizens and members of the international community.


1) Geographic factors of Settlement

  • Physiographic Regions
  • Economies and Resources of Canada
  • Physical geography of Canada
  • Climates of Canada

2) Early 19th Century Social History in Canada

  • Social Darwinism
  • Life in towns vs rural settings
  • Immigrant experiences to Eastern Canada
  • Aboriginal contributions

3) Towards a Responsible Government

  • Rebellion 1837
  • Durham Report
  • Act of Union
  • Rebellion Losses Bill 
  • Colonial Perspectives before 1867
  • Reasons for Confederation
  • Confederation Conferences
  • BNA Act

4) Canada Expands West

  • MacDonald’s National Policy
  • Purchase of Rupert’s Land
  • Native Treaties
  • CPR
  • Red River and Northwest Rebellions
  • Manitoba Schools Question

5) BC History

  • From territory to colony to Confederation
  • BC Immigrant Stories
  • Gold Rushes
  • Resources in BC – then and now
  • Sustainability in BC

6) Building a Canadian Identity

  • Boer War
  • Naval Act
  • Alaskan Dispute


Class Policies:

  • This class is built upon reciprocity
  • No food during class time
  • Electronic devices are to be used to help learn the course content
  • Be honest about your work

Late Policy: 

  1. Projects handed in after the deadline and up to 2 weeks after the deadline will receive a maximum of 73% – after 2 weeks, projects can only be made up after school under supervision and can only receive a maximum of 73%
  2. Daily homework assignments will not be accepted late

Missed Tests: You will receive a zero for the test until I have heard from your guardian

How to succeed in Mr Chan’s class:

  • be open minded
  • use class time to learn the course content
  • put sincere thought into your work
  • complete your assignments
  • attend class
  • understand that you’re not here to be entertained, you’re here to learn
  • be respectful of others



86 – 100 = A

73 – 85 =  B

67 – 72 =  C+

66 – 60 =  C

59 – 50 =  C-

Homework Blog  15%

Assessment (Projects/ Essays/ Quizzes/ Tests)  85%

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