Social Studies Courses Available to Grade 12 Students
20TH CENTURY WORLD HISTORY 12
COURSE CODE: MWH – – 12
History 12 is a course that examines the major events, developments and individuals of the 20th century in a global context. The components of the course include the immediate effects of World War I, Interwar Period 1919-1939, World War II 1939-1945 and the Cold War 1945-1991. Human rights, international cooperation, social and cultural developments, the development of communication and transportation technology will be addressed at various junctures in the course. History 12 is designed to foster and develop the students’ ability to examine history critically and apply the concepts of Historical Thinking – historical significance, evidence and interpretation, continuity and change, cause and consequence, historical perspective and ethical judgement. The course will therefore have an inquiry-based approach to the study of historical events, developments and individuals. Students will be expected to participate and engage in class and small group discussions and complete projects individually as well as collaboratively in groups.
CULTURES COMPARÉES 12 (FR.)
COURSE CODE: FCMCL12
This is the course where everything you have learned in History and Socials comes together! BUILD A CULTURAL PROTOTYPE FOR THE YEAR 3,000, based on the cultures presented in this course. Comparative Cultures 12 presents, compares and discusses various cultures: France, Rome-Italy, Germany, Russia, India, China and Japan. We will investigate these cultures’ origins and historical evolution, religions, customs and arts, their music and cinema and their current influences on the world. The presentations of each culture will use ample video and audio examples, as well as a representative film for each. All along this course, students will be involved in research, discussions, and debates in order to CREATE A NEW FUTURE CIVILIZATION, resulted from a symbiosis of the previous ones. * FRIM students must take Histoire 12 or Cultures Comparées 12 either in grade 11 or 12.
ECONOMIC THEORY 12
COURSE CODE: MECT-12
This course introduces students to the basic principles of economics. The course content will include Classical, Neoclassical, Marxist, Keynesian and Contemporary economic theories. Major economic episodes in history will be examined. The key theories, in addition to social and political views, of important economists will be explored. The course is designed to teach students to apply economic models, concepts, and theories to analyze human behavior and to understand how individuals make decisions.
HISTOIRE 12 (FR.)
COURSE CODE: FWH – – 12
The course will explore the 20th Century World History from the immediate effects of World War I on the new geopolitical realities to the post-World War II global realignments of the economic, political, and social landscapes. Furthermore, History 12 will look upon the more recent events that shaped the world after the end of the Cold War and Canada’s role as a strong international voice of peace and progress. History 12 is designed to develop the students’ ability to use historical inquiry, recognize implicit and explicit ethical judgements, understand events and facts inside and outside their historical context, make reasoned ethical judgments, and assess the value of various historical accounts. Correspondingly, students are expected to achieve a high level of competency in elaborating minute analyses and construct solid syntheses. The course is based on both collaborative and inter-active activities including: discussions, critical debates, projects, jigsaw activities, roundtables, brainstorming, blogs, etc. * FRIM students must take Histoire 12 or Cultures Comparées 12 either in grade 11 or 12.
LAW STUDIES 12
COURSE CODE: MLST-12
The course will provide a comprehensive introduction to law and legal process, particularly as they relate to the Canadian justice system. In addition to discussing the basic components of the law, the course will explore some of the major legal issues facing Canadians, including the parole system, young offenders and juvenile justice, and constitutional rights under the Charter. The course also includes a variety of classroom activities, which supplement the course material. Field trips, guest speakers, films, and documentaries all add to the course. Reading, writing and research skills are essential to student success. Students will analyze actual legal cases utilizing decision making techniques with their legal knowledge to determine case outcomes.
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY 12
COURSE CODE: MPGEO12
Our personal and societal relationships with the environment will form the basis of this course. This underlying theme will be applied to the study of the physical environment in topics including plate tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes, erosion, climate, weather, map skills, vegetation, and soils. Students will investigate, develop, and implement strategies for living in more environmentally sustainable ways.
SOCIAL JUSTICE 12
COURSE CODE: MSJ – – 12
Social Justice 12 is open to students in grades 11 and 12. The course has three focus areas: “defining social justice”, “recognizing, confronting and overcoming injustice”, and “moving toward a socially just world”. Students will be active participants in class discussions, will research issues of injustice, and will develop an action plan to address a selected issue. This will be a stimulating course for students interested in taking the initiative to direct their own learning and to use their acquired knowledge and skills to help create a socially just world.
SOCIALS 11 EXPLORATION
COURSE CODE: MEPSS11
Social Studies 11 Exploration is comprised of various subject areas that include social justice, law, political studies, human geography, genocide studies and First Nations. The course contains three components – Human Rights, Democratic Engagement/Government and Self-Directed Studies. The Human Rights component include topics related to Canada, the World, First Nations, Socials Justice, Human Geography and Genocide. The Democratic Engagement/Government component address topics related to political studies and citizenship. The Self-Directed Studies component will provide students with an opportunity to pursue an area of interest with an inquiry-based project. The course reinforces the Curriculum Competences from previous Social Studies courses as well as the continued development of concepts associated with Historical Thinking – historical significance, evidence and interpretation, continuity and change, cause and consequence, historical perspective and ethical judgement. The Social Studies Department highly encourages that Social Studies 11 Explorations be taken before any Social Studies 12 course (History, Law, Geography, Economics, Social Justice).
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