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Social Studies

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

socialstudies.jpgThe Manitoba Social Studies Curriculum studies people in relation to each other and to the world in which they live. In Manitoba, social studies comprise the disciplines of history and geography, draws upon the social sciences, and integrates relevant content from the humanities. As a study of human beings in their physical, social, and c​ultural environments, social studies examines the past and present, and looks toward the future. Social studies helps students acquire the skills, knowledge, and values necessary to become active democratic citizens and contributing members of their communities, locally, nationally, and globally.

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SOCIAL STUDIES 10F - CANADA AND THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD | SOSR1F – 1 CREDIT

Social Studies 10F is a compulsory course that is offered at the (Foundations) F level. The intention of the course is to help students gain a greater understanding of the society in which they live, their roles within that society, and the role of Canada within the world. Concepts that will be covered include: diversity and pluralism; democracy and government; Canada in a global context; and the challenges and opportunities experienced by the citizens from the past to the present and into the future.

GEOGRAPHY 20F - GEOGRAPHIC ISSUES OF THE 21ST CENTURY | GEOR2F/GEOE2F – 1 CREDIT

Geography 20F is a compulsory course offered at both the Foundations (F) and Enriched (E) levels. Both levels include the same topics, but differ in their assignments and evaluations. Through this course, students will focus on a variety of issues and challenges of the contemporary world. They explore the nature of geography and develop skills related to geographic thinking. Students use the methods and tools of geography to examine issues and problems and propose solutions. They study concepts related to ownership and development of natural resources, production and distribution of food, development of industry and trade, and increased urbanization. Students consider these issues in the context of Canada, North America, and the world. Through their study, students become aware of the importance of the environment, stewardship, and sustainable development, as well as the social, political and economic implications of their personal choices.

NATIVE STUDIES 21G | NASY2G – 1 CREDIT

Native Studies 21G explores many aspects of Aboriginal people from pre-contact time to the present. Students learn about groups specific to Canada and their experiences before and after contact with Europeans. The focus is how past experiences of Aboriginal people have affected their lives today.  Some of the topics that will be explored are: Self Identity, Aboriginal Languages, The Indian Act, Residential Schools, Traditions and Cultural Practices, and Current Events.  Throughout the course members from the Aboriginal community are invited as guest speakers to the class. Students attend fieldtrips, participate in hands on activities such as beading and research various topics. 

CANADIAN HISTORY 30F | HISR3F / HISE3F – 1 CREDIT

History is a compulsory course offered at both the Foundations (F) and Enriched (E) levels. Both courses include the same topics, but differ in their assignments and evaluations. This course examines the history of Canada, starting with who were the First Peoples in Canada to the present. Student will be introduced to the relative issues and events that have occurred in the past; and describe and analyze how they have shaped the development of our country.

GLOBAL ISSUES: CITIZENSHIP AND SUSTAINABILITY 40S | GLIR4S – 1 CREDIT

Global Issues is an optional course offered at the Specialized (S) level.

Students conduct inquiry into the social, political, environmental, and economic impacts of contemporary and emerging global issues. Through their inquiry, students focus on questions of quality of life locally, nationally and globally. This course is based on the principles of active democratic citizenship, ecological literacy, critical media literacy and ethical decision-making. This course brings together information and ideas from different disciplines, in order to empower students to be agents of change for a sustainable and equitable future. 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY 40G/40S – A HUMAN PERSPECTIVE | GEOR4G/GEOR4S – 1 CREDIT

This course deals with locations, patterns, distribution, and interrelationships between the physical and human environments in a constantly changing world. Specific topics of study relate to development, world population, food production, resources / energy and the environment.

World Geography is an optional course offered at the General (G) and Specialized (S) levels. The G and S courses include the same topics, but differ in assignments and evaluations.

PSYCHOLOGY 40S | PSYR4S – 1 CREDIT

Psychology is an optional course offered at the Specialized (S) and Advance Placement (AP) levels.

This is an introduction to the field of psychology and the major theorists who have influenced past and current psychological research. General topics include: consciousness, perception, memory, learning, intelligence, human development, stress, abnormal behaviour, personality theories and current therapies. Guest speakers, case studies, observations, unit tests and a final exam are included in this course.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) PSYCHOLOGY 42S | PSYP4S – 1 CREDIT

AP.jpgThis is an advanced course of study for those students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Psychology 40S. In addition to topics covered in Psychology 40S, students will study neuroscience, genetics, sensation, thinking and language, motivation and social psychology. Students will work toward preparing for the Advanced Placement exam to be written in May.

CINEMA AS A WITNESS TO MODERN HISTORY 40S | CMHR4S – 1 CREDIT

Cinema as a Witness to Modern History is an optional course offered at the Specialized (S) level. This course considers cinema as a source of information – or misinformation – about the past and as a springboard for critical reflection about diverse interpretations of history. Students will conduct historical inquiry using primary and secondary sources, including selected noteworthy films in cinematic history. As a focused study of significant 20th century historical events, students will learn to evaluate the relevance and accuracy of cinematic representations of these historical events as they become active, critical, interpretative, aware viewers of cinema.

URBAN STUDIES 40G | CUEZ4G – 1 CREDIT

Urban Studies is an optional course offered at the General (G) level. This course examines the factors that drive the process of urbanization, both in a historical and modern day context. Students will assess the pros and cons of living in an urban environment and examine how local governments and citizens address the issues that they face.

Specific attention will also be given to the City of Winnipeg. This course will look at the historic, social, economic, cultural and political growth of our city; the issues that we are currently dealing with; and the future goals and plans proposed by government, business and community groups.

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