Social Studies

Social Studies provides opportunities for students to develop the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values necessary to become engaged, informed and responsible citizens. Recognition and respect for individual and collective identity is essential in a pluralistic and democratic society.

SOCIAL STUDIES 10–1: Perspectives on Globalization
Students will explore multiple perspectives on the origins of globalization and the local, national and international impacts of globalization on lands, cultures, economies, human rights and quality of life. Students will examine the relationships among globalization, citizenship and identity to enhance skills for citizenship in a globalizing world. The infusion of multiple perspectives will allow students to examine the effects of globalization on peoples in Canada and throughout the world, including the impact on Aboriginal and Francophone communities.

SOCIAL STUDIES 10–2: Living in a Globalizing World
Students will explore historical aspects of globalization as well as the effects of globalization on lands, cultures, human rights and quality of life. Students will explore the relationships among globalization, citizenship and identity. The infusion of multiple perspectives will allow students to examine the effects of globalization on peoples in Canada and other locations, including the impact on Aboriginal and Francophone communities. Students will develop skills to respond to issues emerging in an increasingly globalized world.

SOCIAL STUDIES 20-1: Perspectives on Nationalism
Students will explore the complexities of nationalism in Canadian and international contexts. They will study the origins of nationalism and the influence of nationalism on regional, international and global relations. The infusion of multiple perspectives will allow students to develop understandings of nationalism and how nationalism contributes to the citizenship and identities of peoples in Canada.

SOCIAL STUDIES 20-2: Understanding Nationalism
Students will examine historical and contemporary understandings of nationalism in Canada and the world. They will explore the origins of nationalism as well as the impacts of nationalism on individuals and communities in Canada and other locations. Examples of nationalism, ultranationalism, supranationalism and internationalism will be examined from multiple perspectives. Students will develop personal and civic responses to emergent issues related to nationalism.

SOCIAL STUDIES 30-1: Perspectives on Ideology Social 30–1
Students will explore the origins and complexities of ideologies and examine multiple perspectives regarding the principles of classical and modern liberalism.  An analysis of various political and economic systems will allow students to assess the viability of the principles of liberalism.  Developing understandings of the roles and responsibilities associated with citizenship will encourage students to respond to emergent global issues.

SOCIAL STUDIES 30-2: Understandings of Ideologies
Students will examine the origins, values and components of competing ideologies. They will explore multiple perspectives regarding relationships among individualism, liberalism, common good and collectivism. An examination of various political and economic systems will allow students to determine the viability of the values of liberalism. Developing understandings of the roles and responsibilities associated with citizenship will encourage students to respond to emergent global issues.

IB HISTORY
History is more than the study of the past. It is the process of recording, reconstructing and interpreting the past through the investigation of a variety of sources. It is a discipline that gives people an understanding of themselves and others in relation to the world, both past and present.  Students will learn how the discipline of history works. The courses in the IB history program pose questions without providing definitive answers. Students will engage in historical study involves both selection, interpretation and critical evaluation of various historical sources. The content of the history course is intrinsically interesting and it is hoped that many students who follow it will become fascinated with the discipline, developing   lasting interest in it, whether or not they continue to study it formally.

SOCIAL STUDIES 10 IB PREP: Exploring Globalization
This course explores globalization from multiple perspectives, including but not limited to Francophone and Aboriginal perspectives. Students will consider the origins and legacy of historical globalization, the relationship between globalization and individual and collective identity, and the economic, social and political dimensions of globalization. As a prelude to the IB 20 and 30 courses students will be introduced to the discipline of history and historical thinking.

SOCIAL STUDIES 20 IB: Exploring Nationalism
This course will explore the origins of nationalism and consider its influence on contemporary society. This is the first year of a two year program that leads to a comprehensive IB History Exam in May of student’s senior year. Students will consider various case studies including The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era, Italian and German Unification, the Causes of World War I and II, International Relations between the Wars. Contemporary studies will be made of Native Self Government in Canada and Quebec nationalism. Students will also be introduced to the various components of the Historical Investigation that they will complete in their senior year.

SOCIAL STUDIES 30 IB: Perspectives on Ideology
Students will explore the origins and complexities of ideologies and examine multiple perspectives regarding the principles of classical and modern liberalism. An analysis of various political and economic systems will allow students to assess the viability of the principles of liberalism. Developing understandings of the roles and responsibilities associated with citizenship will encourage students to respond to emergent global issues.

WORLD HISTORY 30
World History is compulsory for those students registered in Social 30 IB. This course allows students the time to explore more deeply topics in the IB syllabus that are not covered in the Alberta Social 30 Curriculum to the same depth.  In addition students will complete a formal historical investigation of a topic of their own choosing.  The areas that will be considered in more depth in the Grade 11 and 12 IB course are the trends, which have altered Europe and the world in the past century two centuries. In particular

  • The French Revolution and Napoleon
  • The Unification of Italy and Germany
  • Imperial Russia, revolutions, emergence of Soviet State 1853 - 1924
  • European Diplomacy and the First World War 1870 to 1923
  • Interwar Years: Conflict and Cooperation 1919 - 1939
  • The Second World War and post-war Western Europe
  • Origins and Development of Authoritarian and Single Party States
  • The Cold War