Upper School Course Guide
Course Descriptions

Canadian and World Studies

Civics

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  • Civics and Citizenship, Grade 10, Open

    CHV20
    This course explores rights and responsibilities associated with being an active citizen in a democratic society. Students will explore issues of civic importance such as healthy schools, community planning, environmental responsibility, and the influence of social media, while developing their understanding of the role of civic engagement and of political processes in the local, national, and/or global community. Students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate, and express informed opinions about, a range of political issues and developments that are both of significance in today’s world and of personal interest to them.
    Prerequisite: None

Economics

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  • The Individual and the Economy, Grade 11, University/College Preparation


    CIE3M
    This course explores challenges facing the Canadian economy as well as the implications of various responses to these challenges. Students will explore the economic role of business, labour, and government, as well as their own role as individual consumers and contributors, and how all of these influence stability and variability in the Canadian economy. Students will apply the concepts of economic thinking and the economic inquiry process, including economic models, to investigate the impact of economic decisions.
    Prerequisite: Canadian History Since World War I, Grade 10, Academic or Applied
  • Analyzing Current Economic Issues, Grade 12, University Preparation

    CIA4U
    This course examines current national and global economic trends and policies from diverse perspectives. Students will explore the impact of choices that individuals and institutions, including governments, make in responding to local, national, and global economic issues such as globalization and global economic inequalities, trade agreements, national debt, taxation, social spending, and consumer debt. Students will apply the concepts of economic thinking and the economic inquiry process, including economic models, to investigate, and develop informed opinions about, current economic issues and to help them make reasoned economic decisions.
    Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities
  • AP Economics, Grade 12, University Preparation


    CIA4U1
    This course includes all the content of CIA4U and moves further into Macro and Microeconomics to prepare students for the Advanced Placement examination. CIE3M strongly recommended for this AP course. Students who have not completed CIE3M need permission of the Department Head to take AP Economics.
    Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities

Geography

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  • Issues in Canadian Geography, Grade 9, Academic

    CGC1D
    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 to live.
    Prerequisite: None
  • Forces of Nature: Physical Processes and Disasters, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

    CGF3M
    This course examines Earth’s physical patterns and processes and how they create natural disasters and can contribute to human disasters. Students will explore how physical processes related to Earth’s water, land, and air, as well as interactions between these systems, can affect the planet and its people. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate Earth’s natural processes, to make predictions related to natural disasters, and to create plans to prepare for and/or respond to them.
    Prerequisite: Canadian Geographic Issues, Grade 9, Academic or Applied
  • World Issues: A Geographic Analysis/plus AP World Geography Preparation, Grade 12, University Preparation


    CGW4U1
    This course looks at the global challenge of creating a more sustainable and equitable world. Students will explore a range of issues involving environmental, economic, social, and geopolitical interrelationships, and will examine governmental policies related to these issues. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate these complex issues, including their impact on natural and human communities around the world. This course also gives students the option to write the AP Human Geography exam at the end of the year.
    Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities
  • The Environment and Resource Management, Grade 12, University/College Preparation


    CGR4M
    This course investigates interactions between natural and human systems, with a particular emphasis on the impacts of human activity on ecosystems and natural processes. Students will use the geographic inquiry process, apply the concepts of geographic thinking, and employ a variety of spatial skills and technologies to analyze these impacts and propose ways of reducing them. In the course of their investigations, they will assess resource management and sustainability practices, as well as related government policies and international accords. They will also consider questions of individual responsibility and environmental stewardship as they explore ways of developing a more sustainable relationship with the environment.
    Prerequisite: Any university, university/college, or college preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities

History

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  • Canadian History since World War I, Grade 10, Academic

    CHC2D
    This course explores social, economic, and political developments and events and their impact on the lives of different individuals, groups, and communities, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit
    individuals and communities, in Canada since 1914. Students will examine the role of conflict and cooperation in Canadian society, Canada’s evolving role within the global community, and the impact of various individuals, organizations, and events on identities, citizenship, and heritage in Canada. Students will develop an of some of the political developments and government policies that have had a lasting impact on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit individuals and communities. They will develop their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating key issues and events in Canadian history since 1914.
    Prerequisite: None
  • American History, Grade 11, University Preparation

    CHA3U
    This course traces the social, economic, and political development of the United States from colonial times to the present. Students will explore the historical context of key developments that shaped the United States, its identity and culture, and its role in the global community. They will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating forces in American history.
    Prerequisite: Canadian History Since World War I, Grade 10, Academic or Applied
  • World History to the End of the 15th Century, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

    CHW3M
    This course explores the history of various societies around the world, from earliest times to around 1500 CE. Students will examine life in and the legacy of various ancient and pre-modern societies throughout the world, including those in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Students will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating social, political, and economic structures and historical forces at work in various societies and in different historical eras.
    Prerequisite: Canadian History Since World War I, Grade 10, Academic or Applied
  • Canadian and World Politics, Grade 12, University Preparation


    CPW4U
    This course explores various perspectives on issues in Canadian and world politics. Students will explore political decisionmaking and ways in which individuals, stakeholder groups, and various institutions, including different levels of government, multinational corporations, and non-governmental organizations, respond to and work to influence domestic and international developments. Students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate current political policies, issues, and events, and to develop and communicate informed opinions about them.
    Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities
  • World History since the 15th Century, Grade 12, University Preparation

    CHY4U
    This course traces major developments and events in world history since approximately 1450. Students will explore social, economic, and political changes, the historical roots of contemporary issues, and the role of conflict and cooperation in global interrelationships. They will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, as they investigate key issues and assess societal progress or decline in world history.
    Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities

Law

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


    CLU3M
    This course explores Canadian law, with a focus on legal issues that are relevant to the lives of people in Canada. Students will gain an understanding of rights and freedoms in Canada, our legal system, and family, contract, employment, tort, and criminal law. Students will use case studies and apply the concepts of legal thinking and the legal inquiry process to develop legal reasoning skills and to formulate and communicate informed interpretations of legal issues, and they will develop the ability to advocate for new laws.
    Prerequisite: Canadian History Since World War I, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

Upper School Canadian & World Studies Faculty

List of 9 members.

  • Photo of David Calverley

    Dr. David Calverley 

    Subject Head, Social Studies (Grades 7-12)
    416-449-2556 ext 459
  • Photo of Clark Davis

    Mr. Clark Davis 02

    Upper School Faculty
    416-449-2556 ext 452
  • Photo of Sean DeZilva

    Mr. Sean DeZilva 

    Upper School Faculty
    416-449-2556 ext 445
  • Photo of Geoff Green

    Mr. Geoff Green 

    Upper School Faculty
    416-449-2556 ext 214
  • Photo of Alicia Hawryluk

    Ms. Alicia Hawryluk 

    Upper School Faculty
    416-449-2556 ext 438
  • Photo of Alexander Johnston

    Mr. Alexander Johnston 

    Upper School Faculty
    (416) 449-2556 x469
  • Photo of Gavin Muranaka

    Mr. Gavin Muranaka 

    Subject Head, Business Studies (Grades 7-12) and Director of Business & Entrepreneurship
    416-449-2556 ext 419
  • Photo of Sheryl Murray

    Ms. Sheryl Murray 

    Director of Outreach
    416-449-2556 ext 209
  • Photo of Jay Shannon

    Mr. Jay Shannon 

    Upper School Faculty
    416-449-2556 ext 461