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Markville Geography offers a variety of senior physical and human geography courses. Once students have earned their grade 9 credit, they are eligible to take the grade 10 and 11 courses. We encourage students to speak to a Geography teacher about which courses may be of interest based on personal interests, skills, strengths and future plans.


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Academic Issues In Canadian Geography

This course examines interrelationships within and between Canada’s natural and human systems and how these systems interconnect with those in other parts of the world. Students will explore environmental, economic, and social geographic issues relating to topics such as transportation options, energy choices, and urban development. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate various geographic issues and to develop possible approaches for making Canada a more sustainable place in which to live.



First Nations, Métis and Inuit In Canada
This course explores the histories of First Nations and Inuit in Canada from precontact, as well as Métis from their beginnings, to the present day. Students will examine the continuing impact of past social, cultural, economic, political, and legal trends and developments on First Nations, Métis and Inuit individuals and communities. Students will apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process to investigate a range of issues, events, and interactions that have affected First Nations, Métis, and Inuit individuals and communities, including those that continue to affect relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.


Contemporary First Nations, Métis and Inuit Issues and Perspectives
This course explores existing and emerging issues of local, regional, and national importance to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit in Canada. Students will analyse diverse perspectives on issues and events related to land, community, governance, identity, culture, and global trends. Using the concepts of political thinking and the tools of political inquiry, students will explore their own and others’ ideas and investigate issues to determine what needs to change and why. Students are also given the opportunity to develop their own problemsolving strategies to address an issue of their choice.

Prerequisite: Grade 9 Issues In Canadian Geography (CGC1D)​

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Forces of Nature: Physical Processes and Natural Disasters

This course examines the major patterns of physical geography and the powerful forces that affect them. Students will use a wide range of geotechnologies and inquiry methods to investigate natural disasters, their causes and physical and human implications. Students will investigate the dynamic nature of the earth, the evolving relationship between the planet and its people, and the factors that limit our ability to predict the changes that will occur.

Prerequisite: Grade 9 Issues In Canadian Geography (CGC1D)

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Travel and Tourism — A Geographic Perspective
This course focuses on travel and tourism as the vehicle for studying selected world regions. Using a variety of geotechnologies and inquiry and communication methods, students will conduct and present case studies that develop their understanding of the unique characteristics

of selected world regions; the environmental, cultural, economic, and political factors that influence travel and tourism; and the impact of the travel industry on communities and environments around the world.

Prerequisite: Grade 9 Issues In Canadian Geography (CGC1D)




World Issues: A Geographic Analysis

This course examines the global challenges of creating a sustainable and equitable future, focusing on current issues that illustrate these challenges. Students will investigate a range of topics, including cultural, economic, and geopolitical relationships , regional disparities in the ability to meet basic human needs, and protection of the natural environment. Students will use geotechnologies and skills of geographic inquiry and analysis to develop and communicate balanced opinions about the complex issues facing Canada and a world that is interdependent and constantly changing. The AP option begins Fall 2014.

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities

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The Environment and Resource Management

This course investigates the complexity and fragility of ecosystems and the pressures human activities place on them. Students will examine ecological processes, the principles of sustainability, and strategies for resource management, with a focus on the challenges of environmental

degradation and resource depletion. Students will use geotechnologies and skills of geographic inquiry to explain and evaluate various approaches to achieving a more sustainable relationship between people and their environment.

Prerequisite: Any university, university/college, or college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities


Specialist High Skills Major Program (SHSM) - The Environment     

Markville Geography is proud to offer our students the opportunity to earn their SHSM  accreditation in the environmental sector. Through a variety of experiential learning, career exploration and reach ahead activities, students gain an enhanced appreciation and understanding of environmental sustainability, which will give them the “environmental edge.”    

Advanced Placement (AP)

Markville Geography offers an AP option for the Grade 12 World Issues course (CGW4U). Students complete additional investigations and case studies to learn about global human geography and write the Human Geography AP final exam to earn their additional credit. Depending on a student’s final exam and course results and the post-secondary institutions to which a student is applying, this credit may be considered as part of a first-year undergraduate program.​
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