Course Overview


Course Overview

Civics, Grade 10, Open

Identifying Information

Course Title: Civics

Secondary Policy Document Publication Date: The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 and 10, Canadian and World Studies, 1999.

Ministry Course Code: CHV20

Credit Value: 1


This course explores what it means to be an informed, participating citizen in a democratic society. Students will learn about the elements of democracy and the meaning of democratic citizenship in local, national and global contexts. In addition, students will learn about social change, examine decision-making processes in Canada, explore their own and others’ beliefs and perspectives on civics questions, and learn how to think and act critically and creatively about public issues.

Unit Titles (Time + Sequence)

Unit 1

Democracy: Issues and Ideas

15 hours

Unit 2

Democracy: The Canadian Context

25 hours

Unit 3

Democracy: Global Perspectives

15 hours

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1: Democracy: Issues and Ideas

Time: 15 hours

The first unit of this course focusses on the basic ideas and issues that are fundamental to democratic government, to democratic practices, and to democratic citizenship. In the first unit, the goal is to have students consider democracy from a personal and a conceptual perspective. Starting with a simulation that looks at conflicts and conflict resolution in an early society, students move progressively towards examining the characteristics that might ideally define democratic citizenship.

Unit 2: Democracy: The Canadian Context

Time: 25 hours

Students will learn about Canadian important events, issues and personalities in the Canadian political and legal systems.

Unit 3: Democracy: Global Perspectives

Time: 14 hours

Students will demonstrate their understanding of the role of citizenship in defending and promoting human rights as the basis of democracy in the world community.