Social Studies



In Social Studies 8 students will study world history from the decline of the Roman Empire to the end of the Renaissance. The course will focus on the historical, political, social and economic development of civilizations throughout the world from AD 500 to 1600. Throughout the year students will be encouraged to make connections to contemporary issues and events.

The geography component of the course will develop geographic knowledge and skills through the interpretation and use of maps and globes.



Students will study New France and the history and geography of British North America to 1815. They will also learn about the growth of democracy in Europe,  major revolutions, the Industrial Revolution and the results of Imperialism. Throughout the year students will be encouraged to make connections to contemporary issues and events.



This course will focus on the historical, political, social and economic development of  Canada from 1815 – 1914.

  • Rebellions of 1837.
  • Confederation and the creation of the Canadian Nation.
  • The settlement, economic development and distinctive features of Western Canada.
  • The Pacific orientation of Western Canada due to immigration and trade.

Throughout the year students will be encouraged to make connections to contemporary issues and events.



It is recommended that students enrolling in this course have a strong academic standing, or are highly motivated to undertake this rigorous academic curriculum.

Advanced Placement Psychology, an elective course open to both grade 11 and 12 students, is a general introductory course equivalent to that of a university course.  The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the systematic and scientific study of the behaviour and mental processes of human beings and other animals.  You will be exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub-fields within psychology.  You will also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.  How are fears created? What is the interplay between thought and behaviour?  How does memory work? These and many other fascinating questions will frame the subject matter of this course.



Social Justice is an elective course designed to raise students’ awareness of social injustice, enable them to analyze issues and situations from a social justice perspective and to provide the skills, knowledge and framework for advocating for a socially just world. The course provides an opportunity in which students can critically look at the values and diversity of our community and nation. Issues and topics covered in this course, through a social justice perspective, will be age, sex, marital status, political belief, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion and faith, and mental and physical ability. The course builds to motivating students into thinking and acting ethically.



Law 12 focuses on the Canadian legal system and its application to the life of the individual. This course is designed to make students aware of their legal rights and responsibilities. Topics include the development of Canadian law, civil rights and responsibilities, criminal law, legal procedures, and the fundamentals of civil law. Students will have the opportunity to participate in court watching as well as prepare for their own mock trial at the Vancouver Law Courts. Class discussions, debates and guest speakers play a key role in understanding the framework of our legal system.


(MHI–12 ~ 4 CREDITS)

History 12 is a world history course covering the time period 1919 – 1991. Topics will include geopolitical, social, economic, technological and ideological developments under the following themes:

  • The World of 1919, Promise and Collapse: 1919 to 1933
  • Turmoil and Tragedy: 1933 to 1945
  • Transformation and Tension: 1945 to 1963
  • Progress and Uncertainty: 1963 to 1991.

Specific topics include the following: single party states in Nazi Germany, Italy, and the Soviet Union; World War II; the Cold War (including the nuclear arms race and Korean and Vietnam conflicts); Civil Rights movements in the U.S. and elsewhere.

The course will also provide students with opportunities to develop the following skills:

  • Library and contemporary source research.
  • Use and analysis of historical documents.
  • Debating.
  • Oral history and exam writing.


(AHI–12 – 4 CREDITS)

The AP course in European History is an exceedingly rich and interesting course designed for students who desire to complete an introductory-level university course at the secondary school level. Students in AP European History are expected to demonstrate a knowledge of chronology and of major events and trends from the High Renaissance (1450) to just after the end of the Cold War (2001). The course will examine history through the following themes: cultural, diplomatic, economic, intellectual, political, and social. Fundamentally, this course offers students the opportunity to make sense of an increasingly complex world by understanding how historical European society has influenced and shaped our world today.

AP European History requires that students be disciplined and highly motivated. Students will be required to stay current with their readings prior to class and to ensure that assignments are completed on time. This course is partially blended (75% in class; 25% online), therefore students will meet once a week Tuesday or Wednesday (depending if it falls on a Day 1 or Day 2) from 1:45 to 4:00. The remainder of time will be spent following the modules laid out on the website provided by the instructor. This will also give students the opportunity to receive one-on-one tutorial time with the instructor later in the week. The purpose of this scheduling is to allow students from around the district an opportunity to take another Humanities-based AP course and to experience a university setting.

Note: It is recommended that students have a minimum average of 75% in either Social Studies 11 or Civic Studies 11. AP European History would also serve as a great supplemental course to those students taking History 12.



This course  provides a general account of the physical earth and the relationship humans have with it. This course analyses the physical properties of the four spheres: lithosphere (solid), atmosphere (gases), hydrosphere (water), and biosphere (living). As well, emphasis will be placed on understanding the human-physical interaction of these properties and fostering a sense of stewardship for our planet (sustainability, resource management and global citizenship). Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to master British Columbia’s prescribed learning outcomes.

Topics include:

  • Plate tectonics,
  • Weather & climate,
  • Processes of gradation,
  • Mapping & aerial  photography,
  • Soils & biomes,
  • Humid & arid landscapes,
  • All things H2O,
  • Resources and sustainability
  • Global issues.



Comparative Civilizations 12 examines a variety of ancient cultures and civilizations by analyzing political, social, economic and cultural structures through a lens of belief constructs. This course intends to develop an appreciation for the roots, and commonalities among ancient cultures, and and appreciation of  those elements which have remained to our modern age. Use of primary sources are to strengthen students appreciation and critical understanding of the aesthetic and philosophical mindsets of the culture.

Included fields of study are the early civilizations of the Middle East, Egypt, the Greco-Roman world, India, and Europe in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

There is no final written exam for this course.


For post secondary requirements, please check with your counsellor.

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