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.



In Social Studies 9 students will study from New France and the history and geography of British North America to Canadian Confederation. They will also learn about the growth of democracy in Europe, major political 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 is the last of the required social studies courses. This course has three major components to it: History, Government, and Human Geography. The first focusses on Canada’s international role during the 20th century and its growth as a nation. The second provides students with a civic education that gives them the skills in understanding Canada’s democratic system. The third explores historical and contemporary issues relating to the world’s population and standard of living.



Advanced Placement Psychology is an elective course open to both grade 11 and 12 students. It is a general introductory psychology course equivalent to first-year university studies. AP Psychology will introduce you to the 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. During your exploration of these fields, you will also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. How does memory work? Is behaviour determined by nature or nurture? How are fears created? What is the interplay between thought and behaviour? These and many other fascinating questions will frame the subject matter of this course.
It is recommended that students enrolling in this course have a strong academic standing and/or are highly motivated to undertake this rigorous academic curriculum. Strong reading comprehension and time management skills are required.



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.



This course 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.



This course is a world history course covering the time period 1900 to present. Topics will include geopolitical, social, economic, technological and ideological developments. Units that are covered:

  • WWI and its effects
  • Russian Revolution
  • Interwar Period
  • Turmoil of the 20s
  • WWII
  • Cold War
  • Vietnam
  • Middle East
  • China
  • India
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • South African Apartheid

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

  • Library and scholarly database research.
  • Analysis of scholarly articles.
  • Physical and political geography
  • Emphasis on power structures and its effects on geopolitics



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 5 (MYP grading) in Social Studies 10. It is also recommended that to improve success of AP Euro that students take 20th Century History first in grade 11.



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 Cultures 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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