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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.  Recognition and respect for individual and collective identity is essential in a pluralistic and democratic society. Social studies helps students develop their sense of self and community, encouraging them to affirm their place as citizens in an inclusive, democratic society.



Social Studies 10-1 pIB (Harry Ainlay Pre-IB Diploma) 

5 credits

Recommended Prerequisite: 80% in Grade 9 Social Studies 

This course explores multiple perspectives on the origins of globalization and its impact on peoples. Attention is placed on both oral and written communication with a particular emphasis on historical inquiry. Students will examine the effects of globalization on the local community, the nation and the world, including the impact on Aboriginal and Francophone communities. 

Social Studies 10-1 

5 Credits 

Recommended Prerequisite: 60% in Grade 9 Social Studies 

Perspectives on Globalization 

Students will explore the origins and impacts of historical, cultural, economic and political globalization. The course examines the extent to which citizenship and individual and collective identity is influenced by the processes of globalization. 

Social Studies 10-2 

5 Credits 

Recommended Prerequisite: Less than 60% in Grade 9 Social Studies 

Living in a Globalizing World 

Students will explore the origins and impacts of historical, cultural, economic and political globalization. Students will study how globalization affects their lives and how they will fit into an interdependent and interconnected world. 

Social Studies 10-2 (Transitions) 

5 Credits 

Prerequisite: Recommendation from present school teacher/counselor/coordinator or in consultation with the Harry Ainlay Special Needs Department Head. 

This course follows the same program of studies as the regular Social Studies 10-2 but is designed for students with identified learning needs . Students who enrol in this course are recommended to enrol in Learning Strategies 15. 

Social Studies 10-4 (K&E) 

5 Credits 

Prerequisite: Recommendation from present school teacher/counselor/coordinator or in consultation with the Harry Ainlay Special Needs Department Head. 

In Living in a Globalizing World, students will examine globalization, the process by which the world is becoming increasingly connected and interdependent. The key issue asks students: “Should we embrace globalization?” 


Social Studies 20-1 IB Higher Level History (Europe) 

5 Credits

Recommended Prerequisite: 60% in Social Studies 10-1 pIB 

This course explores multiple perspectives on nationalism and its various manifestations in modern history. Studies range widely and include an examination of the French Revolution and Napoleonic era, the World Wars, and the effects of nationalism on our contemporary world. Students will be introduced to the rudiments of the Historical Investigation, the principal research project undertaken in their senior year. TOK curriculum links will also be addressed. 

Social Studies 20-1 

5 Credits 

Recommended Prerequisite: 60% in Social Studies 10-1 

Perspectives on Nationalism 

Students will explore issues relating to the complexities of nationalism and the influence of nationalism on regional, international and global relations through multiple perspectives. 

Social Studies 20-2 

5 Credits 

Prerequisite: 50% in Social Studies 10-2 

Understandings of Nationalism 

Students will explore historical and contemporary understandings of nationalism in Canada and the world. Different forms of nationalism will be examined from different perspectives. 

Social Studies 20-4 (K&E) 

5 Credits 

Prerequisite: 50% in Social Studies 10-4 

In Nationalism in Canada and the World, students will examine various forms of nationalism and apply their perceptions to their own identity and sense of citizenship. The key issue asks students “Should we embrace nationalism?” with a focus on identity, national interests, internationalism and Canada. 


Social Studies 30-1 IB* Higher Level History (Europe) 

5 Credits 

Recommended Prerequisite: 60% in Social Studies 20-1 IB 

In this course students will analyze the causes, practices and effects of war, particularly in the 20th century. As well, the origins, ideology, form of government, organization, nature and impact of authoritarian and single-party states will be studied. Attention will be given to developing a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of modern liberal thought and the tenets of competing ideologies. The Historical Investigation, a major research project, will be undertaken in the first semester of the senior year. 

World History 30 IB* Higher Level 

3 Credits 

This course complements Social Studies 30-1 IB and endeavors to augment the student’s understanding of trends affecting the world in the past century. A particular emphasis is placed on the origin and development of the Cold War. Considerable attention is given to historical interpretation and the analysis of documents. 

*IB Students are required to enrol in both Social Studies 30-1 IB and World History 30 IB. 

Theory of Knowledge 25/35 IB (TOK) 

3 Credits for TOK 25 and 3 Credits for TOK 35 

Theory of Knowledge is a flagship element in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Taught over two years, it aims at developing students’ critical thinking and independent judgment. Evaluating evidence, considering multiple perspectives, constructing reasoned arguments, and forming open-minded, balanced and self-aware opinions on thorny philosophical and knowledge questions are central to the course content. In the Grade 11 year, students are introduced to the key concept of knowledge issues as they examine and reflect on the knowledge they have acquired in the various subject disciplines. The focus is on the study of the different areas of knowledge. Students begin to draw links and make effective comparisons between dissimilar academic fields; they learn to respect and appreciate the diversity of approaches to knowledge and living. In the Grade 12 year, the students examine in more detail the various ways of knowing and deepen their understanding of aesthetics and ethics. They also complete the Internal and External Assessments: an oral presentation on a current knowledge issue of their choice and a 1200 to 1600 words essay on a prescribed title, provided by the IBO. The Theory of Knowledge course is worth 3 credits and is mandatory for all diploma candidates. 

In Grade 11, TOK 25 IB is a mandatory course for full IB Diploma candidates, but may be chosen as an elective by IB Certificate candidates. 

In Grade 12, TOK 35 IB is a mandatory course for full IB Diploma candidates, but may be chosen as an elective by IB Certificate candidates. 

In Grade 11, Theory of Knowledge will be presented through curricular links to subject areas. Additional speakers and seminars will be scheduled in Period 5. 

In Grade 12, TOK 30 IB is a mandatory course for full IB Diploma candidates, but may be chosen as an elective by IB Certificate candidates. 

Social Studies 30-1 

5 Credits 

Recommended Prerequisite: 60% in Social Studies 20-1 

Perspectives on Ideology 

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 be undertaken. This course will encourage students to respond to emergent global issues. 

Completion of Social Studies 30-1 requires the writing of a provincial diploma examination. 

Social Studies 30-2 

5 Credits 

Prerequisite: 50% in Social Studies 20-2 

Understandings of Ideologies 

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 be undertaken. 

Completion of Social Studies 30-2 requires the writing of a provincial diploma examination.