Socials 11 Outline

Course Outline

Social Studies 11

Teacher: Mr. Chan


Textbook: Counterpoints

Course Description/ Objective:

The aim of social studies is to develop thoughtful, responsible, active citizens who are able to acquire the requisite information to consider multiple perspectives and to make reasoned judgments. The Social Studies 11 curriculum provides students with opportunities to reflect critically upon events and issues in order to examine the present, make connections with the past, and consider the future. Through their participation in social studies, students are encouraged to:

  • understand and prepare to exercise their roles, rights, and responsibilities within Canada and the world
  • 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 practise effective communication.

Social Studies 11 contributes to the important goal of preparing students for their lives as Canadian citizens and members of the international community.


  • laptop/tablet, charger, headphones, paper, writing utensil, textbook pdfs


 1) Politics and Government

  • • the political spectrum
  • • how Canadians can effect change at the federal and provincial levels
  • • how federal and provincial governments are formed in Canada
  • • major provisions of the Canadian constitution, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and assess its impact on Canadian society

2) Human Geography

  • • the significance of changes in world population with reference to
    • population pyramids
    • distribution
    • density
    • demographic transition models
  • • compare Canada’s standard of living with those of developing countries, with reference to poverty and key indicators of human development
  • • environmental challenges facing Canadians, including
    • global warming
    • ozone layer depletion
    • fresh water quality and supply

3-4) Autonomy and International Involvement, Society and Identity:

  •  Canada’s evolution as a politically autonomous nation
  • • Canada’s role in World War I and the war’s impact on Canada
  • • Canada’s role in World War II and the war’s impact on Canada
  • • Canada’s participation in world affairs with reference to
    • human rights
    • United Nations
    • Cold War
    • modern conflicts
  • • development and impact of Canadian social policies and programs related to immigration, the welfare state, and minority rights
  • • the impact of the conscription crises, Quebec nationalism, bilingualism, and regionalism on Canadian unity
  • • challenges faced by Aboriginal people in Canada during the 20th century and their responses, with reference to
    • residential schools
    • reserves
    • self-government
    • treaty negotiations
  • •economic cycles with reference to the Great Depression and the labour movement in Canada
  • • the role of women in terms of social, political, and economic change in Canada
  • • what it means to be Canadian with reference to
    • distinctive Canadian programs and policies
    • important Canadian cultural and scientific achievements

Class Policies:

  • This class is built upon respectful reciprocity
  • Please clean up your messes
  • 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 will 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 and think about 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

Office Hours and Contact:

  • Generally from after school until 5:00pm
  • Emails sent after 5:00pm will be responded to the following day

86 – 100 = A

73 – 85 =  B

67 – 72 =  C+

60 – 66 =  C

50 – 59 =  C-

15% Homework

40% Projects/ Essays

45% Tests



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