Social Sciences



The purpose of this course is to establish an understanding of the social sciences (what they are, what their role is in society, and how we can use them to understand human nature and better the society in which we live). This course has many ideas that may challenge the way you look at the world and the people around you.

PREREQUISITE: Grade 10 English, Grade 10 History


  • Learn about and conduct social experiments
  • Create models of the brain to understand it better
  • Learn about and demonstrate psychological experiments
  • Field trip (possibly) to study and analyze archaeological finds


Unit 1: Introduction to the Social Sciences

*   What are the social sciences?

Unit 2: Anthropology

*   Early Anthropology, Techniques and Tools

*   Ethnocentrism

*   Famous Anthropologists and Theories

*   Archaeology/ Major Archaeological Finds

*   Bone and Teeth Analysis

Unit 3: Psychology

*   The Brain and its Functions: creativity, memory, perceptions, dreams

*   The Nature/Nurture Debate/Inherited Behaviours

*   Major Psychological Experiments/ Ethics in Research

*   Freud and Dreams/Carl Jung (Introverts and Extroverts)

*   Twin studies, Fetal Development, Moral Development in Children

Unit 4: Sociology

*   The Influence of Society on Human Behaviour (role expectations, family, school, religion, media)

*   Differences in Role Expectations in Various Cultural Traditions

*   Roles, Norms, Sanctions/ Obedience to Authority

*   Alienation and Conformity


Fashion and Creative Expression, Grade 11, Open (HNC3O)

This course explores what clothing communicates about the wearer and how it becomes a creative and entrepreneurial outlet. Students will learn, through practical experiences, the skills of hand sewing, knitting, and embroidery. Students will learn about the nature of fashion design through a redesign project where they reinvent clothing they purchased on a field trip. They will learn through hands on learning and research the characteristics of fibres and fabrics and the construction of clothing. Students will develop research skills as they explore the evolution of fashion and its relationship to society, culture, and individual psychology.

Philosophy: The Big Questions, Grade 11, Open (HZB3O)

Philosophy applies creative and critical thinking tools to fundamental questions about human nature; personal and social responsibilities; good and evil; the nature of human knowledge; social justice; how science, art, and religion are related; and other such issues. Philosophy trains students in critical and logical thinking, writing, and oral communication, and acquaints them with principles underlying their own values and beliefs as well as those of other people and traditions. This is done through discussion, Socratic questioning and the use of media.

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

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.

Prerequisite: Senior English or Senior Social Science

HSP3M: Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology, Grade 11, University/College

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.

Prerequisite: None

HRF3M:World Religions and Belief Traditions: Perspectives, Issues, and Challenges, Grade 11 University/College
This course provides students with opportunities to explore various world religions and belief traditions. Students will develop knowledge of the terms and concepts relevant to this area of study, will examine the ways in which religions and belief traditions meet various human needs, and will learn about the relationship between belief and action. They will examine sacred writings and teachings, consider how concepts of time and place influence different religions and belief traditions, and develop research and inquiry skills related to the study of human expressions of belief.

Prerequisite: None