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Course Prerequisites and Descriptions


Prerequisite Flowchart for Canadian and World Studies

Ministry Curriculum Document for Grades 9 and 10 Canadian and World Studies Courses (2013)

Ministry Curriculum Document for Grade 11 and 12 Canadian and World Studies Courses (2005)


Grade 10 - Course Descriptions 


Civics and Citizenship – CHV2O1
Civics and Citizenship (French Immersion) – CHV2O5
Civics and Citizenship (English Language Learners) – CHV2O8

This course explores rights and responsibilities associated with being an active citizen in a democratic society. Students will explore issues of civic importance such as healthy schools, community planning, environmental responsibility, and the influence of social media, while developing their understanding of the role of civic engagement and of political processes in the local, national, and/or global community. Students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate, and express informed opinions about, a range of political issues and developments that are both of significance in today’s world and of personal interest to them.
Prerequisite: None (This is a compulsory credit)

Canadian History Since World War 1 (Academic English) – CHC2D1
Canadian History Since World War 1 (Academic French Immersion) – CHC2D5
Canadian History Since World War 1 (Academic English Language Learners) – CHC2D8

This course explores social, economic, and political developments and events and their impact on the lives of different groups in Canada since 1914. Students will examine the role of conflict and cooperation in Canadian society, Canada’s evolving role within the global community, and the impact of various individuals, organizations, and events on Canadian identity, citizenship, and heritage. They will develop their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating key issues and events in Canadian history since 1914.
Prerequisite: None (This is a compulsory credit)

Canadian History Since World War 1 (Applied English) – CHC2P1

This course focuses on the social context of historical developments and events and how they have affected the lives of people in Canada since 1914. Students will explore interactions between various communities in Canada as well as contributions of individuals and groups to Canadian heritage and identity. Students will develop their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating the continuing relevance of historical developments and how they have helped shape communities in present-day Canada.
Prerequisite: None (This is a compulsory credit)


Grade 11 - Course Descriptions 


American History – CHA3U1

This course traces the social, economic, and political development of the United States from colonial times to the present. Students will explore the historical context of key developments that shaped the United States, its identity and culture, and its role in the global community. They will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating forces in American history.
Prerequisite: Canadian History since World War I, Grade 10, Academic (D) or Applied (P)

Travel and Tourism: A Geographic Perspective – CGG3O

This course focuses on issues related to travel and tourism within and between various regions of the world. Students will investigate unique environmental, sociocultural, economic, and political characteristics of selected world regions. They will explore travel patterns and trends as well as tensions related to tourism, and will predict future tourism destinations. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate the impact of the travel industry on natural environments and human communities.
Prerequisite: Canadian Geographic Issues, Grade 9, Academic (D) or Applied (P)

Understanding Canadian Law – CLU3M1

This course explores Canadian law, with a focus on legal issues that are relevant to the lives of people in Canada. Students will gain an understanding of rights and freedoms in Canada, our legal system, and family, contract, employment, tort, and criminal law. Students will use case studies and apply the concepts of legal thinking and the legal inquiry process to develop legal reasoning skills and to formulate and communicate informed interpretations of legal issues, and they will develop the ability to advocate for new laws.
Prerequisite: Canadian History since World War I, Grade 10, Academic (D) or Applied (P)

World History to the End of the Fifteenth Century – CHW3M1

This course explores the history of various societies around the world, from earliest times to around 1500 CE. Students will examine life in and the legacy of various ancient and pre-modern societies throughout the world, including those in, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Students will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating social, political, and economic structures and historical forces at work in various societies and in different historical eras.
Prerequisite: Canadian History since World War I, Grade 10, Academic (D) or Applied (P)


Grade 12 - Course Descriptions 


Analysing Current Economic Issues – CIA4U1

This course examines current national and global economic trends and policies from diverse perspectives. Students will explore the impact of choices that individuals and institutions, including governments, make in responding to local, national, and global economic issues such as globalization and global economic inequalities, trade agreements, national debt, taxation, social spending, and consumer debt. Students will apply the concepts of economic thinking and the economic inquiry process, including economic models, to investigate, and develop informed opinions about, current economic issues and to help them make reasoned economic decisions.
Prerequisite: Any university (U) or university/college (M) preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities

Canadian and International Law – CLN4U1

This course explores a range of contemporary legal issues and how they are addressed in both Canadian and international law. Students will develop their understanding of the principles of Canadian and international law when exploring rights and freedoms within the context of topics such as religion, security, cyberspace, immigration, crimes against humanity, and environmental protection. Students will apply the concepts of legal thinking and the legal inquiry process when investigating these issues in both Canadian and international contexts, and they will develop legal reasoning skills and an understanding of conflict resolution in the area of international law.
Prerequisite: Any university (U) or university/college (M) preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities

Canadian and World Politics – CPW4U1

This course explores various perspectives on issues in Canadian and world politics. Students will explore political decision-making and ways in which individuals, stakeholder groups, and various institutions, including different levels of government, multinational corporations, and non-governmental organizations, respond to and work to influence domestic and international developments. Students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate current political policies, issues, and events, and to develop and communicate informed opinions about them.
Prerequisite: Any university (U) or university/college (M) preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities

The Environment and Resource Management – CGR4M1

This course explores interactions between the natural and human environment, with a particular focus on the impact of human activity on various ecosystems. Students will explore resource management and sustainability practices, as well as related government policy and international protocols. Applying the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, students will investigate the relationship between people and the natural environment and will propose approaches for developing more sustainable relationships, including environmentally responsible actions that support stewardship.
Prerequisite: Any university (U) or university/college (M) preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities

World History since the Fifteenth Century – CHY4U1

This course traces major developments and events in world history since approximately 1450. Students will explore social, economic, and political changes, the historical roots of contemporary issues, and the role of conflict and cooperation in global interrelationships. They will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, as they investigate key issues and assess societal progress or decline in world history.
Prerequisite: Any university (U) or university/college (M) preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities

World Issues: A Geographic Analysis – CGW4U1

This course looks at the global challenge of creating a more sustainable and equitable world. Students will explore a range of issues involving environmental, economic, social, and geopolitical interrelationships, and will examine governmental policies related to these issues. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate these complex issues, including their impact on natural and human communities around the world.
Prerequisite: Any university (U) or university/college (M) preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities


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