Calgary Board of Education

Social Studies

Program Course Sequence


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Program Overview

In Social Studies, students develop the key values, knowledge, and understanding necessary to become engaged and responsible citizens. Over the three-year program of studies, students begin to see themselves as an active part of the democratic process and become aware of their own capacity to affect change in their communities, society and the world.

All students are required to complete a 30 level (30-1 or 30-2) in Social Studies in order to obtain a High School Diploma. The high school Social Studies program of studies focuses on critical and creative thinking, geographic and historical thinking, decision making and problem solving, and research for inquiry.

Social Studies Advanced Placement

While also meeting the curricular requirements in the Alberta Program of Studies, AP students embark on an exploration into the cultural, political and economic development of the Western World from 1300 CE to the present. Highly motivated and inquisitive, AP students are challenged with rigorous analysis and interpretation of historical data to attempt to understand the context for past events. In doing so, AP students make connections that reveal the story of history. The exam for Western World History (European History AP) is written in May of the third year. AP students learn at an accelerated pace while being surrounded by like-minded, high-achieving classmates. Heavy emphasis is also placed on independent study, which requires highly motivated, self-directed students dedicated to academic exploration. Most importantly, exceptional reading and writing skills are required for successful achievement in the Advanced Placement sequence.

It is recommended that students who enroll in this course sequence have Social Studies 9 or have received a mark of 80% and above in Social Studies Pre-AP 10-1 or Social Studies 10-1, Social Studies Pre-AP 20-1 or Social Studies 20-1, with teacher recommendation for sequence to the next course level.

Social Studies (-1) Sequence

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The (-1) sequence is designed for students who wish to pursue post-secondary studies. With each level, the pace and course work increases, requiring strong organizational skills, analytical ability and self-discipline. Proficient reading and writing skills are necessary for success. Comprehension and analysis of texts is a key component in both the class work and examinations. Over three years, students work to improve their written expression, critical thinking skills, and application of complex course concepts necessary for successful achievement on the Grade 12 Diploma Examination.

The (-1) sequence helps students to develop the knowledge and skills that will enable them to become active, informed and responsible citizens. An examination of globalization, nationalism and liberalism will provide students with an informed background enabling them to responsibly participate in a democratic society.

Students who wish to further pursue academic studies in university are recommended to register in this Social Studies programming sequence.

Social Studies (-2) Sequence

The (-2) sequence empowers students who are seeking to improve their reading, writing and/or test-taking skills. While the course concepts remain the same as the (-1) sequence, the pace and complexity is not as demanding in order to ensure students fully understand course concepts. A greater emphasis is placed on effective use of class time to complete assignments, which lessens the need for homework on a regular basis. Students who excel in this stream attend class on a regular basis, make excellent use of their class time and demonstrate the motivation to learn. Over three years, students improve their reading comprehension and develop specific written responses to ensure successful achievement on the Grade 12 Diploma Examination. This stream will also be of interest to those students pursuing some post-secondary studies, including colleges and technical trade schools as well as those wishing to enter the work force.

The (-2) sequence helps students to develop the knowledge and skills that will enable them to become active, informed and responsible citizens. An examination of globalization, nationalism and liberalism will provide students with an informed background enabling them to responsibly participate in a democratic society.

Social Studies Arts-Centered Learning

Arts-Centered Learning offers inquisitive, creative and highly motivated students the opportunity to enrich their Social Studies program. Not only do ACL students learn through the arts in some areas of the Social Studies classroom, they also have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of course concepts through artistic expression. Strong reading and writing skills are necessary for students to work in this fast paced course. Through each level, ACL students must meet course standards in reading comprehension and written responses to successfully prepare for their respective Grade 12 Diploma Examination.

Formal applications are required in order to be considered for acceptance in to this alternate Social Studies programming method. Please contact the school’s ACL Learning Leader for more information. Course recommendations are consistent with the (-1) and (-2) sequences.

Social Studies Galileo Arts-Centred Learning Humanities

Arts Centered Learning Humanities is a blended English and Social Studies program. This program runs for two semesters between September to June and explores the two curriculums simultaneously. The essence of the program is twofold. Initially, it encourages students to make connections between the English Language Arts and the Social Studies concepts and secondly, it provides the opportunity to do so through the arts. This is a project based, inquiry based program. Although this program is a year long program, it remains challenging in its workload and design.

Social Studies Knowledge and Employability

In Social Studies KAE, students further their confidence and preparedness for employment, citizenship and lifelong learning. To be successful, KAE students must demonstrate a positive attitude towards school, regular attendance, and a desire to improve their reading and writing skills within the context of the Social Studies classroom. With guided support tools, students explore, investigate and/or conduct research to answer questions that address each of the specific outcomes identified in the Alberta program of studies. In the process, students make links between their new learning and what is happening in the world around them, both locally and globally. This leads to improved competence and confidence in a student’s own skills and ability.

Students enrolled in Grade 9 KAE Social Studies or who have a mark below 40% in Gr.9 Social Studies , are advised to register for this Social Studies programming sequence. This programming sequence meets the Social Studies qualifications to receive an Alberta Certificate of High School Achievement.

Psychology 20

Are you fascinated with human behaviour and want to learn more about how people think, feel and act? This introductory course examines the history and development of psychology as an academic discipline. Besides exploring the scientific method and specific thought processes, other possible topics include Theories and Measurement of Personality, Intelligence, and the diagnosis and treatment of specific Psychological Disorders. Key to success in this course remains regular attendance and a commitment to personal growth.

Students who have successfully completed Grade 10 Social Studies may enter this course. (3-credits)

Experimental Psychology 30

Do you ever wonder what makes people ‘tick’? Would you like to develop a scientific understanding of human behaviour? Examine current and past experiments to determine the theories, practices and ethical considerations required to conduct psychological research. Students may explore theories of personality, parapsychology, altered states of consciousness, including the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses. Regular attendance is a necessity, along with a willingness to learn and interact within a collaborative group setting. Students will enjoy a project based academic environment where they can practice the scientific method and research required in this fascinating field.

Students in Grades 11 or 12 may register for this course.

Anthropology 30

Are you interested in researching and understanding the evolution of human life on earth? Cultural and Physical Anthropology focuses on understanding the development, interaction and impact of humans on their environment. Examine the methods, techniques and tools used by anthropologists to unearth the secrets of past societies. Examine human societies during the Stone Age over 2.5 million years ago as well as the origin and impact of man-made technology the Mesolithic Era. Study lifestyles of traditional states during the age of Empires. Perfect for the student interested in, and possibly pursuing, post-secondary courses related to this fascinating social science.

Students in Grades 11 or 12 may enter this course.

Sociology 30

Ever wonder how society and cultures influence behaviour? Learn to think like a sociologist; develop the tools to better understand individual and group behaviour within a larger social and historical context. By applying scientific methods, students examine intriguing data from a variety of cross-cultural and historical sources. Topics include understanding agents of socialization, crime and delinquency as well as social control and the influence of social institutions such as the family, education, and discrimination. Students must be committed to regular attendance and a willingness to learn and interact within a collaborative group setting. As a result, students learn first-hand how positive social interaction can be a resource for everyday living.

Students in Grades 11 or 12 may enter this course.

Military History 20

Do you love history? Are you fascinated by the root causes and consequences of war? Military History explores perspectives related to a variety of human conflicts. Students must be committed to historical research and regular participation in discussion and debate. By developing the capacity to see points of view other than their own, students begin to develop sensitivity to the complexities that form the background of large scale conflict. A practical choice for students wishing to develop analytical, research and writing skills required in post-secondary social science courses, especially history, or political science.

Military History 15 explores the Age of Modern War and provides an in-depth look at how nationalism and technological innovation impacted Canadian military contribution, both at home and on the world stage. The second half of the course covers Military History of the World to the Gunpowder Revolution, which explores the historical evolution of warfare, from ancient times to the middle ages.

Students in Grades 11 or 12 may enter this course.

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