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Social Studies is the study of people in relation to each other and to their world.

Social Studies draws upon history, geography, ecology, economics, law, philosophy, political science and other social science disciplines. The Social Studies curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge that will enable them to become engaged, active, informed and responsible citizens. It focuses on the concepts of citizenship and identity in the Canadian context. The program reflects multiple perspectives, including Aboriginal and Francophone that contribute to Canada’s evolving realities.

Webster's dictionary defines social studies as a "general term embracing the teaching of economics, sociology, anthropology and politics. The aims of social studies teaching is to encourage children's knowledge of current affairs and their understanding of social and political concepts."

Alberta Education requires all students to take social studies at each grade level, eventually culminating with either the Social Studies 30-1 or Social Studies 30-2 course. For students new to Churchill, A new Social Studies program began for high school students in the 2007-2008 school year. The emphasis of this new program is “Citizenship and Identity”. The Grade 10 program has already been implemented and over the next 2 years the new curriculum materials will be phased into the high school Social Studies program – the Grade 11 program in September 2008 and the Grade 12 program in September 2009. Our excellent teachers are working hard to effectively implement these changes.

More importantly, social studies teachers at Sir Winston Churchill work hard helping students learn to understand and interact with the world around them. Ultimately, we hope student will become responsible citizens in an increasingly global society.

We encourage you to explore our site for more information about our courses and department.

David MacGregor
Learning Leader
Social Studies

Department Office: 289-9241 (ext. 2108)
Mr. MacGregor's Voicemail: (ext. 3108)


Please visit our Course Planning Guide for detailed course information.