Canadian & World Studies

Canadian and World Studies



History, Geography, Law, Politics,  and Economics are all areas of study that bring the world to our students. We offer a full range of courses that can bring success in the 21st century and enable students to be global citizens.


If you can answer “yes” to these questions, you will want to reserve a spot in the courses available in these areas.

Do you want to learn about what is happening in the world?
Do you want to understand world issues?
Do you want to investigate the environment?
Do you want to make a difference in the world?
Do you want to predict trends and developments in the 21st century?
Do you want to have the ideas and skills that prepare you for the world of the future?


Canadian History Since 1914 -  CHC2D1 (academic)

This course explores Canadian participation in global events and traces our development as a country through social, economic, political, and environmental changes since 1914.  Students will examine the role of conflict and cooperation in Canadian society and the impact of various individuals, organizations, and events on Canadian identity, citizenship, and heritage. Students will learn to apply the concepts of historical thinking.  Students who wish to pursue studies in history, ethics, and social justice in the future should take this course. 

World History to the Sixteenth Century - CHW3M1 (university / college)

The study of history is not just about dates and events.  To study history is to understand the world and the triumphs and failures of humanity.  Through history, one rediscovers the past, understands the present, and prepares for the future. This course investigates the history of humanity from earliest times to the sixteenth century. Students will analyse diverse societies from around the world, with an emphasis on the political, cultural, and economic structures and historical forces that have shaped the modern world. They will apply historical inquiry, critical-thinking, and communication skills to evaluate the influence of selected individuals, groups, and innovations and to present their own conclusions.

Prerequisite: Canadian History Since 1914, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

World History: The West and the World - CHY4U1 (university)

This course investigates the major trends in Western civilization and world history from the sixteenth century to the present. Students will learn about the interaction between the emerging West and other regions of the world about the development of social, political, and economic systems. They will use critical thinking and communications skills to investigate the historical roots of contemporary issues and present their conclusions.

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and World studies, English, or social sciences and humanities

Understanding Canadian Law - CLU3M1 (college and university)

This course explores Canadian law with a focus on legal issues that are relevant to people’s everyday lives. Students will investigate fundamental legal concepts and processes to gain a practical understanding of Canada’s legal system, including the criminal justice system. Students will use critical-thinking, inquiry, and communication skills to develop informed opinions on legal issues and apply this knowledge in a variety of ways and settings, including case analysis, legal research projects, mock trials, and debates.

Canadian and World Politics - CPW4U1 (university)

This course examines Canadian and World Politics from a variety of perspectives. Students will investigate the ways in which individuals, groups, and states work to influence domestic and world events, the role of political ideologies in national and international politics, and the dynamics of international cooperation and conflict resolution. Students will apply critical thinking skills and communication skills to develop and support informed opinions about current political conflicts, events, and issues.
Prerequisite:  Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and World studies, English, or social sciences and humanities.

Courses in History include:

Canadian History Since 1914 - CHC2D1 (academic)

World History to the Sixteenth Century - CHW3M1 (university / college)

World History: The West and the World - CHY4U1 (university)

Courses in Law include:

Understanding Canadian Law - CLU3M1 (university / college)

Canadian and International Law - CLN4U1 (university)

Legal Studies - CLN4C1 (college)

Courses in Politics include:

Civics - CHV2O1 (open)

Canadian and World Politics - CPW4U1 (university)

Courses in Economics Include:

The Individual and the Economy - CIE3M1 (university / college)

Analyzing Current Economic Issues - CIA4U1 (university)

Courses in Equity and Inclusive Education:

World Religions and Belief Traditions: Perspectives, Issues, and Challenges - HRT3M (university / college)

Contact Information

Names: A. O'Brien

Office Room Number: History Office (room 211)

 Extension Number: 20134

Staff: H. Porter, M. Karas,  R. Shirazi, M. Wilkinson, J. Marcus, T. Rudan, and B. Brewda