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Canadian & World Studies

The Canadian and World Studies Program at Holy Trinity includes five subject areas: economics, history, geography, civics and law. In studying these subjects, students learn how people relate to their country and to the world around them both today and in the past.

Courses in Canadian and World Studies will help students in understanding Canada's heritage and its physical, social, cultural, political, legal and economic institutions and relationships. Courses in Canadian and World Studies involve students in research, critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making, and help them develop strong communication skills and the ability to use technology to collect, organize, interpret, and present information.

 

CGC 1P Geography of Canada, Grade 9, Applied

This course focuses on geographic issues that affect Canadians today. Students will draw on personal and everyday experiences to learn about Canada's distinct and changing character and the natural and human systems and global influences that shape the country. Students will use a variety of geo-technologies and inquiry and communication methods to examine practical geographic questions and communicate their findings.

 

CGC1D Geography of Canada, Grade 9, Academic

This course explores Canada's distinct and changing character and the geographic systems and relationships that shape it. Students will investigate the interactions of natural and human systems within Canada as well as Canada's economic, cultural, and environmental connections to other countries. Students will use a variety of geo-technologies and inquiry and communication methods to analyse and evaluate geographic issues and present their findings.

 

CHC2D Canadian History Since World War I, Grade 10, Academic

This course explores the local, national, and global forces that have shaped Canada's national identity from World War I to the present. Students will investigate the challenges presented by economic, social, and technological changes and explore the contributions of individuals and groups to Canadian culture and society during this period. Students will use critical-thinking and communication skills to evaluate various interpretations of the issues and events of the period and to present their own points of view.

 

CHC2P Canadian History Since World War I, Grade 10, Applied

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.

 

CHV 20 Civics, Grade 10, Open

This course explores what it means to be an informed, participating citizen in a democratic society. Students will learn about the elements of democracy in local, national, and global contexts, about political reactions to social change, and about political decision-making processes in Canada. They will explore their own and others' ideas about civics questions and learn how to think critically about public issues and react responsibly to them.

 

Elective Courses

CGG 30 Travel and Tourism, Grade 11       

Prerequisite: Geography of Canada, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

This course focuses on travel and tourism as a vehicle for studying selected world regions. Using a variety of geo-technologies 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.

 

CGF3M      Physical Geography: Patterns, Processes, and Interactions, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

Prerequisite: Geography of Canada, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

This course examines the major patterns of physical geography and the powerful forces that affect them. 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. Students will use a wide range of geo-technologies and inquiry methods to investigate the distribution and interaction of the elements of their physical environment and to communicate their findings.

 

CGR4E The Environment and Resource Management,                     Grade 12

Prerequisite: Grade 9 Geography of Canada, Academic or Applied

This course examines the influence of human activities on the natural environment. Students will study ecosystem structures and processes, the ecological impact of human activities, and methods of responsible resource management. Students will apply geo-technologies and geographic inquiry methods to develop and present practical solutions to environmental and resource management issues. In the process, students' problem-solving and communication skills will be enhanced in preparation for careers and the workplace.

  • Every day it is becoming more obvious that the world needs to be saved.  Someone has to do it and it might as well be you.
  • Learn how to predict environmental problems and understand why people hurt the earth without knowing it.
  • Outdoor field trips, producing promotional videos and computer assisted learning will be a large part of this interesting course.

 

CGW 4U    Canadian and World Issues:  A Geographic Analysis, Grade 12, University Preparation

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities

 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.

  • Examine the global challenges of creating a sustainable and equitable future, focusing on current issues that illustrate these challenges.
  • 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.
  • Use geo-technologies and skill of geographic inquiry and analysis to develop and communicate opinions about the issues facing Canada and a world which is interdependent and constantly changing.

 

CHA3U American History, Grade 11, University Preparation

Prerequisite: Canadian History Since World War I, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

This course traces the social, economic, and political development of the United States from colonial times to the present. Students will examine issues of diversity, identity, and culture that have influenced the country's social and political formation and will consider the implications of its expansion into a global superpower. Students will use critical-thinking and communication skills to determine casual relationships, evaluate multiple perspectives, and present their own points of view.

  • American history and the “American Dream” have held fascination for students of history.  This mythology has had a profound effect on the way Canadians view themselves and their neighbours.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of our neighbourhood by examining the social, political and economic structures of America from colonial times to the present.
  • Find out how Hollywood has influenced American history and take field trips to American sites where possible.

 

CLU3M  Understanding Canadian Law, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

Prerequisite: Canadian History Since World War I, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

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.

  • Analyze various cases to make decisions for the individuals involved.
  • Research and debate various current issues surrounding wrongful convictions, criminal/civil cases, human rights and other Canadian legal issues presented in class.
  • Develop a general understanding of the Canadian Legal System and learn how to navigate the legal world in Canada.

 

CIA4U  Analysing Current Economic Issues, Grade 12, University Preparation

Prerequisite: any university or university/ college preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities

This course investigates the nature of the competitive global economy and explores how individuals and societies can gain the information they need to make appropriate economic decisions.  Students will learn about the principles of micro- and macro-economics, apply economic models and concepts to interpret economic information, assess the validity of statistics, and investigate marketplace dynamics. Students will use economic inquiry and communication skills to analyse current economic issues, make informed judgements, and present their findings.

Economics is the study of how best to satisfy unlimited needs and wants with limited resources.  This is also known as the economic problem.  Solutions to this problem require decision-making by individuals and by government.  Analysing current economic issues is the most effective way to truly understand the nature and meaning of economics.

Topics include: money, the Stock Market, business games, production contests, government decision making, buying low and selling high, and a trip to the mall.

 

CHI4U Canada: History, Identity, and Culture, Grade 12, University Preparation

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college or college preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities

This course explores the challenges associated with the formation of a Canadian national identity.  Students will examine the social, political, and economic forces that have shaped Canada from the pre-contact period to the present and will investigate the historical roots of contemporary issues from a variety of perspectives. Students will use critical thinking and communication skills to consider events and ideas in historical context, debate issues of culture and identity, and present their own views.

Students will:

  • Trace the evolution of the Canadian national identity from pre-contact (Native/European) to present day.
  • Learn how historical, economic and political trends throughout Canadian history have shaped the issues that Canada faces today.
  • Practice essay writing and oral communication skills which are necessary for those pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or the Social Sciences in post-secondary education.  Writing workshops will be factored into the curriculum.  Students will also create a variety of multi-media projects.

  

CHY4U World History: The West and the World, Grade 12, University Preparation

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities

This course investigates the major trends in Western civilization and world history from the sixteenth century to the present. Students will learn about the interaction between the emerging West and other regions of the world and about the development of modern social, political, and economic systems. They will use critical-thinking and communication skills to investigate the historical roots of contemporary issues and present their conclusions.

Students will:

  • Analyze a variety of types of communities that have evolved since the fifteenth century.
  • Assess various types of interactions that have occurred among diverse peoples and cultures, and the impact of these interactions, since the fifteenth century.
  • Evaluate the factors that have led to conflict and war or to cooperation and peace between and within various communities from the fifteenth century to the present.
  • Students will analyze the manner in which the events and writings of the Renaissance through to the Second World War have shaped the character of our modern society.