The overall aims of the Social Sciences program are threefold. Students become socially literate through the acquisition of knowledge of their own geography, history and economy. They develop the tools that will allow them to examine, assess and debate issues and problems related to their own society as well as global issues. Finally, students become informed citizens in order to fulfill their responsibilities as active citizens both at home and in the world. The Social Sciences include three subject areas: Geography, History and Entrepreneurship. The Geography program looks at the impact and restraints of space on society. The study of History enables students to become aware of, and understand the roots of the present, by examining the past. Entrepreneurship examines how society attempts to deal with its limited natural, human and capital resources. Core Social Studies courses are offered in both English and French. The language of instruction is dependant on a student’s French placement.
HISTORY AND CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION Cycle One-Year One and Two
The study of History enables students to become aware of the impact of the past in shaping the present. In order to understand the present, students study the evolution of societies over time, in order to understand how some societies have developed into their present state. In Cycle One-Year One, students explore the cultural, economic, political and territorial aspects from prehistory to Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, Rome and the Early Middle Ages. In Cycle One-Year Two, students further their study by exploring the Late Middle Ages, the Renaissance, European expansion and the French and Industrial Revolutions.
HISTORY OF QUEBEC AND CANADA Cycle Two-Year One and Two
The study of Quebec and Canadian history has two aims: to enable students to understand the present based on the past and to prepare students to participate as informed citizens in a democratic, pluralistic and complex world. Through the study of the cultural, economic, political and social history of Quebec and Canada, students are provided with an opportunity to gradually enrich their knowledge base and the conceptual framework they use to understand the social and political environment they live in. Students are also encouraged to take an interest in the issues facing Quebec society, to understand and assume their responsibility as citizens.
The course is taught chronologically over two years with the first year covering up to 1840 and the second year from 1840 to today.
GEOGRAPHY Cycle One-Year One and Two
The study of Geography focuses on a variety of geographic phenomena, and encourages students to reflect upon the consequences of human actions for a territory and for the planet. In Cycle One-Year One, students examine types of territories, with a strong focus on protected territories, territories at risk and heritage cities. In Cycle One-Year Two, students will further their study of territories, concentrating on metropolises, native territories, forestry and energy. Students are encouraged to observe, analyze and interpret the relationship between people and their constantly changing physical environment.
THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD Cycle Two-Year Three
This course examines the geographic, historical, economic and political dimensions of our contemporary world in order to help students understand international news events and situate them within the complexity of the world today. Students use a geographic perspective, considering the impact of human action on territory or space. Students adopt a historical perspective, examining the elements of change and continuity on society. Taking into consideration the economic dimension helps students understand the choices societies make regarding the organization of trade, production, distribution and consumption. Lastly, the political dimension focuses the students’ analysis on the organization of power within societies.
FINANCIAL EDUCATION Cycle Two-Year Three
Today’s world is full of opportunities. As changes occur and our society evolves, those who are well prepared will be able to take advantage of them. The world of money is an area where many people often feel they lack control. Many, if not most, never get much in the way of Financial Education either at school or at home. Our goal is to change and support that for the next generation.
The course will cover topics such as consumption, advertising, credit, savings, personal budget planning, consumer rights, labour force and introduction to the stock market. In addition to becoming familiar with their economic environment, students will take part in a project that will foster the development of entrepreneurial qualities. The project encourages students to use strategies and resources that are of value, not only for entrepreneurs but for all citizens actively involved in their community.