Social Studies provides opportunities for students to develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge that will enable them to become engaged, active, informed, and responsible citizens. It is an issues-focused and inquiry-based interdisciplinary subject that draws upon history, geography, ecology, economics, law, philosophy, political science, and other social science disciplines. It fosters students’ understanding of, and involvement in, practical and ethical issues that face their communities and humankind. Ultimately, Social Studies is integral to the process of enabling students to develop an understanding of who they are, what they want to become, and how to improve the society they want to live in.
To accommodate the wide array of student needs, the Social Studies curriculum is divided into two main streams:
STRAND 1 (-1)
For students pursuing careers that will emphasize history, geography, ecology, economics, law, philosophy, political science and/or other social science disciplines. This stream (-1) requires very strong reading and writing skills and will require the students to be ready for challenging essay writing, challenging readings, and challenging source analysis that requires high level critical thinking skills. Areas in the field of science, technology, engineering and other technical programs do not require a -1 completion for admission.
STRAND 2 (-2)
For students pursuing careers that will not focus on the disciplines noted in the -1 stream.
Note: To receive a high school diploma, students must complete either Social 30-1 or 30-2. As well both the -1 and -2 streams can be used towards achieving a Rutherford Scholarship.
SOCIAL STUDIES HONOURS PROGRAM
The Honours program is differentiated by an advanced level of critical analysis; it is for students who are passionate about the social sciences. Ultimately, it seeks to augment the regular curriculum and challenge students without increasing the difficulty of assessment.
CANADIAN STUDIES PROGRAM
The Canadian Studies course has been designed to meet the needs of English Language Learners in Grades 10 and 11, who have recently arrived in Canada and need to develop their language knowledge of Canada before participating in the Social Studies 10 curriculum. To be enrolled in Canadian Studies, a student must be at a Level 1, 2, or 3 English Language Proficiency.
Social Studies 10-1
Students will explore 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.
Students will examine the relationships among globalization, citizenship and identity to enhance skills for
citizenship in a globalizing world. The infusion of multiple perspectives will allow students to examine the
effects of globalization on peoples in Canada and throughout the world, including the impact on Aboriginal
and Francophone communities.
Social Studies 10-2
Students will explore historical aspects of globalization 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. The infusion of multiple perspectives will allow students to examine the effects of
globalization on peoples in Canada and other locations, including the impact on Aboriginal and
Francophone communities. Students will develop skills to respond to issues emerging in an increasingly
Social Studies 10-1 Honours
Social Studies 20-1
Students will explore the complexities of nationalism in Canadian and international contexts. They will
study the origins of nationalism and the influence of nationalism on regional, international and global
relations. The infusion of multiple perspectives will allow students to develop understandings of nationalism
and how nationalism contributes to the citizenship and identities of peoples in Canada.
Social Studies 20-2
Students will examine 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. Examples of nationalism, ultranationalism, supranationalism
and internationalism will be examined from multiple perspectives. Students will develop personal and civic
responses to emergent issues related to nationalism.
Social Studies 20-1 Honours
Social Studies 30-1
Students will explore 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 principles of liberalism. Developing understandings of the roles
and responsibilities associated with citizenship will encourage students to respond to emergent global issues.
Social Studies 30-2
Students will examine the origins, values and components of competing ideologies. They will explore
multiple perspectives regarding relationships among individualism, liberalism, common good and
collectivism. An examination of various political and economic systems will allow students to determine the
viability of the values of liberalism. Developing understandings of the roles and responsibilities associated
with citizenship will encourage students to respond to emergent global issues.
Social Studies 30-1 Honours
Canadian Studies 15
Canadian Studies 25
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 20
An opportunity for students to complete Psychology at St. Francis Xavier and receive credit from Post Secondary institution.
The objectives of the 3-credit courses in psychology
are designed to develop within the student the skills
and understandings that make it possible for more
effective living in our complex environment. The
student’s attention will focus on the scientific
approach to understanding human behaviour so that
he or she may appreciate more fully the reasons that
underlie one’s own acts and those of one’s fellows.