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Canadian and World Issues Department


The study of Geography promotes awareness and understanding of the physical space in which we live. The tools of the geographer provide a means to interpret, appreciate protect and traverse the global environment.  Whether analyzing the reasons for the development of urban centres or studying the physical terrain and resulting economics of their nation and others, students will gain essential skills and knowledge necessary in a world which rapidly evolves. In the age of global economies, it is of paramount importance that students equip themselves with the knowledge of society and their role within it.


History is to people what memory is to an individual: it tells us who we are, where we came from and what we value. It helps to provide a nation with an identity and allows its people to understand the feelings, values and hopes that give meaning to their lives. The great figures, events and issues of the past make it possible to understand the world around us now. The study of History promotes the understanding of various beliefs, policies and actions that have shaped today's society and apply the experience of the past to present day events. Students are provided with the tools to develop the ability to distinguish between fact and opinion, to identify cause and effect relationships and to analyze decisions.


This course explores what it means to be an informed, participating citizen in a democratic society. Students will learn about the elements of democracy in local, national, and global contexts, about political reactions to social change, and about political decision-making processes in Canada. They will explore their own and others’ ideas about civics questions and learn how to think critically about public issues and react responsibly to them.

Career Studies

This course teaches students how to develop and achieve personal goals for future learning, work, and community involvement. Students will assess their interests, skills, and characteristics and investigate current economic and workplace trends, work opportunities, and ways to search for work. The course explores postsecondary learning and career options, prepares students for managing work and life transitions, and helps students focus on their goals through the development of a career plan.


This course examines elements of Canadian and international law in social, political, and global contexts . Students will study the historical and philosophical sources of law and the principles and practices of international law and will learn to relate them to issues in Canadian society and the wider world. Students will use critical-thinking and communication skills to analyze legal issues, conduct independent research, and present the results of their inquiries in a variety of ways.

Families in Canada

This course enables students to draw on sociological, psychological, and anthropological theories and research to analyze the development of individuals, intimate relationships, and family and parent-child relationships. Students will focus on issues and challenges facing individuals and families in Canada’s diverse society. They will develop analytical tools that enable them to assess various factors affecting families and to consider policies and practices intended to support families in Canada. They will develop the investigative skills required to conduct and communicate the results of research on individuals, intimate relationships, and parent-child relationships.


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Social Sciences

Business Studies