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Page Banner.png"Social Studies gives me an opportunity to look beyond what's happening in my own life and understand the complexity of our world. I think this is becoming increasingly important with the pandemic, where it's so easy to hide in our homes and never look beyond the local rising COVID-19 cases. I have learned a lot this year by analyzing different viewpoints in current events, source analyses, and case studies. Social lets me look at many historical events, which gives me a better understanding of both the people and the systems that impact my life every day."- Maya Schellenberg

Program Overview

IB INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETY (SOCIAL STUDIES) 

Social Studies provide opportunities for students to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge that will enable them to become engaged, active, informed and responsible citizens. Recognition and respect for individual and collective identity is essential in a pluralistic and democratic society. Social Studies help students develop their sense of self and community, encouraging them to affirm their place as citizens in an inclusive, democratic society.

Program Features

Junior High

At the Junior High level, Louis uses our strengths in literacy, analysis and written expression within our social studies department. Students in junior high are challenged to utilize their best learning styles through a multitude of media, research and written objectives. They are assessed both formally and informally to get the best representation of their skill level. Through various Baron’s Blocks, field trips and one on one collaboration with their teachers they showcase their best efforts.

Grade 7 Students will explore the origins, histories and movement of peoples who forged the foundations of Canadian Confederation. They will examine how the political, demographic, economic and social changes that have occurred since Confederation have influenced ways in which contemporary Canada has evolved.

Grade 8 Students will learn how intercultural contact between societies led to significant historical and cultural change. Through an examination of Renaissance Europe, Spanish and Aztec societies and Japan, students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how the exchange of ideas and knowledge contributed to shaping the worldview of the Western world; an understanding and appreciation of how intercultural contact affects the worldviews of societies; and finally, demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the ways in which beliefs, values and knowledge shape worldviews and contribute to a society’s isolation or adaptation.

Grade 9 Students will analyze the relationship between Canada’s political and legislative processes and their impact on issues pertaining to governance, rights, citizenship, and identity. Students will also explore issues of economics and their impact on quality of life, citizenship and identity in Canada and the United States.


Senior High

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At the High School level, Louis offers a multitude of social studies courses (10 in total), including the Middle Years Program as a prerequisite to the international Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Students work on developing their critical thinking skills and mastering their understanding of the objectives both in class and during their enhanced Baron’s Blocks.

The major distinctions between the Social Studies 10-2/20-2/30-2 courses and the 10-1/20-1/30-1 courses are in the areas of instruction on methodology, resources, and evaluation. It is highly recommended that all three courses be studied at the appropriate grade level. All students must complete Social Studies to the 30 level (either 30-1 or 30-2) for 15 credits to meet the requirements for an Alberta High School Diploma.

Social Studies 10-1 MYP Students will analyze 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. Recommended prerequisite: 60% or higher in Social Studies 9. 


Social Studies 10-2 MYP Students will explore historical aspects of globalization on 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. 

Recommended prerequisite: 50% or higher in Social Studies 9. 

Social Studies 20 IB (5 credits) The Social Studies IB DP course examines various History topics in depth (including The French Revolution, Napoleon I and the Inter-War Period in Japan, Italy and Germany). Students who are interested in the Social IB DP courses should have a keen interest in history, writing, reading and critical analysis of historical narratives. 

Recommended prerequisite: 75% in Social 10-1

Social Studies 20-1 Students will analyze the complexities of nationalism in Canadian and international contexts. They will study the origins of nationalism and the influence on regional, international, and global relations. 

Recommended prerequisite: 60% or higher in Social 10-1 or 80% in Social 10-2 or 75% in Social 20-2. 

Social Studies 20-2 Students will explore 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. Students will develop personal and civic responses to emergent issues related to nationalism. 

Recommended prerequisite: 50% or higher in Social 10-2

Note: The "With IB (WIB)" courses are for students who have the passion for the subject area however are not pursuing the IB Exam. The IB and WIB classes are taken together.


Social Studies 30-1 IB DP (5 credits) and World History 35 *(3 CREDITS) The course focus is Cold War: Superpowers and Tensions as well as examining The Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Russia 1924-2000. *Students in the Social IB DP course are required to take Social IB DP in the grade 11 year and then move on to Social 30-1 IB DP and Western World History in year 2.
Recommended prerequisite: 75% or higher in Social 20-1 or 60% in Social 20-1 IB.


Social Studies 30-1 students evaluate 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 contemporary ideological structure. 

Recommended prerequisite: 60% in Social 20-1 or 75% in Social 30-2.

Social Studies 30-2 Students explore the ideology of liberalism using historical, contemporary, Canadian, and global examples. 

Recommended prerequisite: 50% or higher in Social 20-2


Teachers

Junior HighSenior High
Jocelyn Johnston - IL
Aaron Salik - DH
Meredith CombaAshley Sadler
Camille MacCuishAnne Fierheller
Albert FelicitasMarc Lapierre
Ryan McCarville

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