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Grade 8 Courses

Within the time period 750-1750 CE, students will explore the events, people, ideas and issues related to the following big ideas: cause & conflict can stimulate long term change; human and environmental factors shape changes in population & living standards; expansion & exploration had varying consequences for different groups; and changing ideas about the world created tension between people wanting to adopt new ideas & those wanting to preserve established traditions.

Grade 9 Courses

Within the time period 1750-1919, students will explore the important issues and ideas, peoples, and events of the day that relate to the following big ideas: societies and events are profoundly influenced by new ideas and ideologies;  collective identity is constructed & can change over time; our physical environment influences the nature of political, social & economic change; disparities in power can alter the balance of relationships between individuals and society.

Grade 10 Courses

Within the time period 1918 and the present day, students will explore the peoples, events, ideas and issues of the day that relate to the following big ideas: the contemporary world has been influenced and shaped by powerful global and regional conflicts;  the development of political institutions are influenced by economic, social, ideological and geographic factors; our individual and collective worldviews lead to different perspectives and ideas about developments in Canadian society; and historical and contemporary injustices challenge the narrative and identity of Canada as an inclusive, multicultural society.

Grade 11 Courses

In this course, you may explore and inquire into a range of Social Studies topics that include: First Peoples Studies, History, Geography, Politics & Government, Social Justice, Law, and Comparative Cultures.  This course will be taught as a collection of three, or possibly as mini-modules each of which will focus on one of the many different senior Social Studies electives.  This might lay the foundation for a more focused pursuit of senior Social Studies subjects.

Have you ever wondered why humans act the way they do? What happens when we sleep? How do we remember? Why are you attracted to certain people? Take Psych 11 as a great introduction to human behavior, cognition, and relationships.

Grade 12 Courses

This course is a study of world affairs in the 20th century: post World War I, the Cold War, the arms race, and the fall of Communism. This course gives students experiences and opportunities to develop skills that will increase their understanding of their lives as Canadians and as global citizens. Current events and continuing conflicts are discussed as they arise.

The AP course is 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. 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.

This course focusses on the cultures and history of First Nations peoples, and as such addresses an important part of Canadian history. Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of the traditions, history, and present realities of BC Aboriginal peoples, as well as a chance to consider future challenges and opportunities.

This course focuses on the demographic patterns of growth, decline, movement and the relationships between cultural traits. Attention will be paid to the use of physical space, impacts on the environment and First Peoples cultures. Students will learn about global agricultural practices, industrialization, trade, and natural resource demands. Attention will be paid to how increased urbanization influences societies, environments and relationships between natural resources and patterns of population settlement and economic development.

This course is a study of the forces that shape the earth’s surfaces, the resulting features, and how they affect people. Students will study tectonic and gradational processes, climatology, the biosphere, and management of environment and energy. It 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). 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).

This course enhances students’ understanding of a variety of world civilizations. It examines various cultures – from Ancient History through the ages, around the world. Students will acquire knowledge of the world’s cultural history and an appreciation of how different civilizations have contributed to the human experience. Students examine and analyze 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 appreciation of those elements which have remained to our modern age. 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.

This is a survey course of Canadian law and legal issues. Emphasis is on statute law, case law, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and criminal and civil law as encountered by the average citizen. Topics include procedural law, human rights, contracts, torts, family law, consumer law, young offenders law, and emerging legal issues. 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.

Social Justice is 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 communities 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 introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of the behaviour and mental processes of humans. Students will learn about the methods used by psychologists in the science and practice of psychology. The learning experience provided is equivalent to that of a college introductory psychology course. The content compliments science studies. It is encouraged that Psychology 11/12 be taken prior to AP Psychology.

Explore the ideas, theories, and methods of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. You’ll examine the concepts of psychology through reading and discussion and you’ll analyze data from psychological research studies.

In this course you will learn the following skills:

  • Connecting psychological concepts and theories to real-life scenarios
  • Understanding and interpreting data
  • Analyzing research studies in psychology


This course is designed to help students develop their understanding of how culture affects our personal identities, as well as our relationships and interactions with others. Global & Intercultural Experience provides students with hands-on, practical experience as Intercultural Mentors.

Communicating across cultures has become an essential skill in the 21st century, and BC students are needing the skills to thrive in a quickly changing world. Employers and post-secondary value intercultural competence, while these skills can also help us build stronger communities that recognize and affirm diversity. Whether you are thinking about a career in business, leadership, health sciences, social work, international politics, or simply wanting to think about the way your own cultural background affects your behaviours and beliefs – this course is for you.

The goals of this course are:

  • Increase one’s cultural awareness and understanding – recognize how our own cultures and histories affect our personal identities
  • Understand how gestures, symbols, values, and communication patterns are affected by culture– and how these behaviours and beliefs affect our interactions
  • Examine different worldviews as students create an authentic relationship with someone from a different culture than one’s own


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