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Sir John A. Macdonald


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Program Description

The study of Geography extends beyond the memorization of countries and capital cities. Geography brings together the physical and human dimensions of the world through the study of the Earths surface and the processes that shape it.

Geography helps you develop valuable skills to support a variety of post-secondary pathways, future career choices and life’s adventures.

Courses Offered

CGC1D1 Grade 9 Academic Geography of Canada

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 geotechnologies and inquiry and communication methods to analyse and evaluate geographic issues and present their findings.

CGC1P1 Grade 9 Applied Geography of Canada

This course focuses on geographic issues that affect Canadians today.  Students will draw on personal and everyday experiences as they 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 geotechnologies and inquiry and communication methods to examine practical geographic questions and communicate their findings.

CGG3O1 Grade 11 Travel and Tourism

Fasten your seat belt– you’re about to take take off on a virtual tour around the world. Where will you go? How will you get there? This course explores a variety of tourist regions around the world. Cruising the Caribbean, backpacking through Europe, or why not dive along side of the Great Barrier Reef. Tourism is a fascinating industry that employs thousands of people. Start planning your trip today.
pre: CGC1D or CGC1P

CGF3M Grade 11 Natural Disasters-Physical Patterns

Ever wonder what makes the ground shake, why the wind blows, or what makes a volcano erupt? Learn how rock, wind, ice, snow, raging storms, and Earth’s inner fire have transformed the planet and life on it. This course will provide you with the answers and help you to understand some of natures mysteries. Tornadoes, Tsunamis and other acts of God provide an endless source of fascination.

CGR4E Environment and Resource Management

Our planet is in trouble! Almost everyday we seem to hear of yet another problem affecting the environment; pollution, climate change, acid rain, the destruction of rain forests, the extinction of thousands of species of animals and plants… and so on. Most of us know that these threats exist and that humans have caused them. This course will provide you with the opportunity to develop practical solutions to environmental and resource-management issues while preparing you for the workplace.
pre: CGC1D or CGC1P

CGW4U Canadian and World Issues

“Every minute, some 20 children die around the world, from poverty, an easily preventable disease.”
The issues discussed in this course range from trade, poverty and economic globalization, to human rights, geopolitics, the environment, and much more. These are just some of the issues that shape our world. This course provides you with the skills to make predictions and develop practical solutions to the many issues facing the global community.
pre: Any grade 11 or 12 U, or M course in Canadian & World Studies, English or Social Sciences & Humanities

Co-curricular Activities

  • Grade 9 ESL trip to the Toronto Zoo
  • Grade 9 Toronto trip including CN Tower
  • Grade 11 Niagra Falls trip to explore Cliffton hill, tourist sites, and The Falls
  • An outreach by McMasters’ Engineering Without Borders engaging students in activities based on water, energy, and foot shortage around the world.
  • Norman E. Reid Award

Contact Information

Mrs. Bourassa (room 313)
Mr. Mossuto (room 315)
Mr. Maki (room 317)

Updated on Thursday, May 24, 2018.
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