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Grade 10

CHC2D1: Canadian History since World War One at the Academic Level

Over the past 100 years, Canadians have struggled with three big questions - how do we achieve a just society in which all people are treated fairly?  Have we achieved autonomy, or have we simply replaced imperial control by Britain with that of the United States?  How can we reconcile all of the various regions of this great land into one united nation?  At UHS, the Canadian History program centres around finding answers to these three questions by examining a variety of primary and secondary sources in both text and visual format.  Critical thinking skills, literacy and empathy are all highlighted and developed in this course.  Assessment is based on three differentiated assignments, tests, an argumentative research essay and an exam.


CHC2DL:  Canadian History since World War One at the Academic Level for English language Learners

This course incorporates the content and many of the skills of the academic course but does so in a format accessible for English language learners.  Students will gain an understanding of Canadian Identity and the key events that have shaped Canada as a nation.  Students who are in ESL level A to C should take this course instead of CHC2D1.


CHC2P1:  Canadian History since World War One at the Applied Level

This course explores some of the pivotal events and experiences that have influenced the development of Canada's identity as a nation from World War I to the present. By examining how the country has responded to economic, social, and technological changes and how individuals and groups have contributed to Canadian culture and society during this period, students will develop their ability to make connections between historical and current events.  Students will have opportunities to formulate questions, locate information, develop informed opinions, and present ideas about the central issues and events of the period.


CHC2PL:  Canadian History since World War One at the Applied Level for English language Learners

This course incorporates the content and many of the skills of the applied course but does so in a format accessible for English language learners.  Students will gain an understanding of Canadian Identity and the key events that have shaped Canada as a nation.  Students who are in ESL level A to C should take this course instead of CHC2P1.


CHV2O1:  Civics

In civics, students explore what it means to be a “responsible citizen” in the local, national, and global arenas. They examine the structures and functions of the three levels of government, as well as the dimensions of democracy, notions of democratic citizenship, and political decision-making processes. They are encouraged to identify and clarify their own beliefs and values, and to develop an appreciation of others’ beliefs and values about questions of civic importance.

Grade 11

CHA3U1:  American History

This course examines the social, political and economic development of the United States of America from the settlement of the continent to the present period.  The history of the United States is a vast thrill ride of amazing human achievements, controversial wars, fantastic cultural movements, and endless nation building.  Pierre Trudeau once famously said that being next to America was “like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast … one is affected by every twitch and grunt.”  In this new global era we are all sleeping with the elephant, and it has become necessary to know why it has twitched and grunted so that we can predict and understand its actions.  This course broadly covers it all and is a gem for students who love pure history.  The course is also highly recommended to students considering postsecondary education in the United States.


CHT3O1:  20th Century History through Film

Films are much more than a medium of entertainment.  They provide a unique lens into understanding history and historical change. Using film from around the world, supplementary readings and class discussion, this course critically examines the dominant themes and events that have shaped the Twentieth Century.


CHW3M1:  World History until the Sixteenth Century

Where do we come from?  Who invented writing, the wheel, indoor plumbing?  This course traces the evolution of human history from our earliest beginning to the first civilization in Mesopotamia.  The great architectural wonders of the Egyptian pyramids, the unprecedented inventions of the Greeks, the bloodthirsty achievements of the Romans and the losses and gains of the Dark Ages and Medieval Europe form the core of this course.  But while this path of civilization takes us around the Mediterranean, civilizations also developed and thrived in the Americas, Africa and Asia.  All of these great civilizations are discussed with an aim of understanding how much of our present comes from our past.


CLU3M1:  Understanding Canadian Law

This course explores Canadian law with a focus on legal issues that are relevant to people's everyday lives. Students will investigate fundamental legal concepts and processes to gain a practical understanding of Canada's legal system, including the criminal justice system. Students will use critical-thinking, inquiry, and communication skills to develop informed opinions on legal issues and apply this knowledge in a variety of ways and settings, including case analysis, legal research projects, mock trials, and debates.


HSP3U/C:  Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology

This course introduces the theories, questions, and issues that are the major concerns of anthropology, psychology, and sociology.  Students will develop an understanding of the way social scientists approach the topics they study and the research methods they employ.  Students will be given opportunities to explore theories from a variety of perspectives and to become familiar with current thinking on a range of issues that have captured the interest of classical and contemporary social scientists in the three disciplines.


HZB3M:  Philosophy

This course encourages exploration of philosophy’s big questions, such as: What is a meaningful life?  What separates right from wrong?  What constitutes knowledge?  What makes something beautiful?  What is a just society?  Students will develop critical thinking and philosophical reasoning skills as they identify and analyse the responses of philosophers to the big questions and formulate their own responses to them.  Students will explore the relevance of philosophical questions to society and to their everyday life. They will develop research and inquiry skills as they investigate various topics in philosophy.


Grade 12

CHY4U1:  World History since the 16th Century

This course investigates the major trends in Western civilization and world history from the Renaissance to the Cold War.  At the start of this course, the west is relatively unimportant in the world compared to the great civilizations of the Turks, China, and India, yet by the Twentieth Century, the west conquered most of the world.  What accounts for this drastic shift in power?  Along with this shift come dramatic changes in technology, art, philosophy and peoples’ ways of living.  More than just preparation for the study of History at the university level, this course will provide students with an understanding of the modern world, and allows them to see many parallels among the struggles of the past and the world we live in today.


CLN4U1:  Canadian and International Law

Canadian and International Law pertains to the study of law from a philosophical, historical, anthropological, sociological and of course, legalistic perspective.  Students will begin the course by studying Canada’s legal heritage.  Customs and conventions, religion, the influence of ancient Greece and Rome, the contributions of Britain and France, along with Canada’s aboriginal heritage will be discussed and evaluated.  The next unit deals with constitutional law.  A review of Canada’s primary constitutional documents such as the Constitutional Act of 1867 and 1982 will be occur and applied to contemporary Canada.  Human rights legislation such as the Canadian Human Rights Act will be evaluated.  The G 20 summit and aboriginal law will also be studied in this unit.  The third unit looks at criminology and criminal procedures. Understanding why people commit crimes, arrest and police interrogation and trial procedures along with defences will be among the topics examined in this unit.  The topics that could be examined in the final unit will be up to students to decide.  Students can choose to study labour law, environmental law, or international law.  Evaluations will consists of case evaluations, a research essay, tests, short case presentations and the exam.


CPW4U1:  Canadian and World Politics

This course examines Canadian and world politics from a variety of perspectives. Students will investigate the ways in which individuals, groups, and states work to influence domestic and world events, the role of political ideologies in national and international politics, and the dynamics of international cooperation and conflict resolution. Students will apply critical-thinking and communication skills to develop and support informed opinions about current political conflicts, events, and issues.


HSB4U1:  Challenge and Change in Society

Challenge and Change in Society focuses on the use of social science theories, perspectives, and methodologies to investigate and explain shifts in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour and their impact on society.  Students will critically analyse how and why cultural, social, and behavioural patterns change over time.  The economy and the media, adolescent development, social stratification and inequality, social justice issues, and the impact of technology will be several of the topics studied in this course. The Occupy Wall Street movement and the Quebec Student strike will be investigated in order to understand how and why attempts to change the world occur. Students will also explore the ideas of social theorists and use those ideas to analyse causes of and responses to challenges such as technological change, deviance, and global inequalities. Theorists who will be studied include the following among others: Erik Erikson and Elkind, Gramsci and Freud along with Marx, Weber and McLulan.  Students will be evaluated by case studies and film reviews, tests and a research essay.


HZT4U1:  Philosophy

The word "philosophy" comes from the Greek philosophie, meaning “love of wisdom” [phil (love, fondness) + sophie (wisdom)]. This suggests that philosophy is, foremost, an attitude -–one marked by relentless curiosity, critical thinking, and a stubborn desire to examine the routine experiences, practices, structures, assumptions and decisions that shape our everyday lives...People’s personal philosophies, orientations, skills and backgrounds can vary greatly –as can their levels of confidence with public speaking. Fundamental to our project here is the nurturing of a learning environment that encourages risk-taking, a social space where all class members can feel confident exploring and presenting ideas, asking questions and expressing opinions in both small and large group settings.


This course addresses three (or more) of the main areas of philosophy: metaphysics, logic, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, and aesthetics. Students will learn critical-thinking skills, the main ideas expressed by philosophers from a variety of the world's traditions, how to develop and explain their own philosophical ideas, and how to apply those ideas to contemporary social issues and personal experiences. The course will also help students refine skills used in researching and investigating topics in philosophy.


IDC4U1:  Becoming Fully Human

Becoming Fully Human is an interdisciplinary course that examines the paradox of living through times of great flux; as we limp into a new millennium filled with vast challenge, struggle and overwhelming opportunity.  The interdisciplinary approach draws upon aspects of; history, philosophy, psychology, politics, sociology, geography, spirituality, art and various other disciplines in order to critically examine the central theme of human potential and transformative possibilities.  The arch of the course compels students to evaluate their relationship with self, society and the world to determine the meaning of existence. This University preparation course includes content and evaluations that are designed to help students develop the essential skills they will need in post-secondary education and beyond​.

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