Calgary Board of Education

 
Social Studies
Social Sciences | Current Events | Geography | History | Language | Literature | Writing

Social Studies involve the integration of many disciplines including history, geography, civics, economics and current events. In accordance with the Alberta Program of Studies, social studies students work towards developing of knowledge, skills and positive attitudes necessary for responsible and involved citizenship.

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Social Studies 10 Honors – 5 credits
Prerequisite: Grade 9 Social Studies (mark above 80%)

This course is a prerequisite for IB History (Grades 11 and 12). The focus is Canada’s history from the Pre- Confederation era to present. Students will experience greater breadth and depth in the treatment of topics and the pace will be faster. In addition, students will complete a major research paper. Emphasis is on historical skills including document analysis, collecting and analyzing data, evaluating historical arguments for bias and reliability and library research.

Social Studies 10 – 5 credits

Social Studies 10 deals with who we are as Canadians. It includes an examination of our identity, modern history, internal and foreign relations, government and citizenship. Students should enter this academic course with strong reading and writing skills. They will then continue to develop these, as well as their critical thinking and research skills through a variety of classroom activities.

Social Studies 13 – 5 credits

Social Studies 13 deals with who we are as Canadians. It includes an examination of our identity, modern history, internal and foreign relations, government and citizenship. This course is recommended for students who may not have been successful with Social Studies at the junior high level.

Social Studies 20 IB – 5 credits
Prerequisite: Social Studies 10 Honors and teacher recommendation

This course is designed as a historical survey of the major developments that occurred in Europe from the late 18th Century to the end of World War One. This regional study will provide a firm basis in historical content, and context, for the shift to the study of 20th Century world history in Social Studies IB 30, and World History 35 IB. Course content also conforms to Alberta Learning’s Social Studies 20 Curriculum. Emphasis is on historical skills including document analysis, collecting and analyzing data, evaluating historical arguments for bias and reliability, library research and essay writing. Students will be expected to submit a historical research project that will be marked by their classroom teacher and submitted to the International Baccalaureate Organization as required.

Social Studies 20 – 5 credits
Prerequisite: Social Studies 10

Social Studies 20 is a challenging course for students with strong reading comprehension and writing skills. The first half of the course addresses the themes of nationalism, industrialization, imperialism and World War One. The second half of this course examines the challenges facing our world today due to our diversity, increasing levels of interdependence and ongoing quest for a high quality of life. As in Social Studies 10, students continue to work on their critical thinking, research and writing skills.

Social Studies 23 – 5 credits
Prerequisite: Social Studies 13 or Social Studies 10

Social Studies 23 students will learn about the French Revolution, Industrial Revolution, imperialism and World War One. In the second half of this course issues relating to quality of life and how it can best be achieved in our complex modern world and will be addressed. Critical thinking and practical writing skills are emphasized in this course.

Social Studies 30 – 5 credits
Prerequisite: Social Studies 20

Social Studies 30 is a highly academic course appropriate (but not always essential), for students who intend to pursue university studies. Themes for this course include: political and economic systems in theory and in practice; global interactions in the interwar period and World War Two; the rise and interaction of the superpowers during the Cold War and; contemporary examples of international confrontation and cooperation. Students will require a strong understanding of current events and should anticipate a heavy workload.

Social Studies 33 – 5 credits
Prerequisite: Social Studies 23 or Social Studies 20

Themes for Social Studies 33 include: political and economic systems; global interactions in the interwar period and World War Two; the rise and interaction of the superpowers during the Cold War and; contemporary examples of international confrontation and cooperation. Critical thinking and practical writing skills are emphasized in this course.