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Program Description

“Helping our future learn from our past.”

This summary of courses offered next year by the Sir John A. Macdonald History and Social Sciences Department has been created to assist students and their parents/guardians choose courses that provide preparation for the world of world, success in post-secondary school education and confident participation in our community. We are proud and excited to tell you that these courses help prepare students to succeed in just about every kind of career one can pick. We understand the challenges students face when trying to figure out what course will best prepare them to succeed in the next grade, which courses best prepare them to get a satisfying job and how to find the best combination of courses that appeals to their interests. The following courses rank among the finest inquiry and literacy-focused, discussion-centered , language intensive, skill-building programs in any high school in Canada. Take a good look at this pathways summary. Join the students in our History and Social Sciences classrooms at SJAM. You’ll be glad you did. Visit us and get more details from any member of our department.

The courses offered by the History and Social Sciences department help students develop valuable job skills they can use all over the world! Our courses help students communicate better by helping them become more effective and confident speakers and writers. Our courses help students learn how to be analytical, independent thinkers who can solve problems and make better decisions for themselves. Our courses help students learn valuable interpersonal skills – how to understand, cooperate and get along with a variety of people and better understand their world so they feel like they belong and fit in. Our courses help students develop global literacy so they can better reader their world. History courses develop 21st century job skills! The SJAM history and Social Sciences department offers one of the broadest selections of courses in our school board! We believe our courses promote “Global Literacy” – the ability to read and better understand the whole world! We’re in rooms 310, 312, 314, and 316. We’d be delighted to speak to you about the courses we offer, the History Club and all our fun History trips. Good luck with choosing your courses

Grade 11 Courses Offered

CHW3M1 World History to the 16th Century

Join us as we go back to prehistoric times, ancient Egypt, ancient China, Greece & Rome, India, the Americas, Africa, and Europe.

  • Recommended as the foundation course for all other history courses
  • Investigate the History of humanity from the earliest times to the 16th century
  • Examine societies/civilizations that formed the foundation of the modern world
  • Further develop your “Global Literacy” skills while developing skills of historical inquiry, organization, analysis and oral and written communication
  • Literacy development in a senior course and preparation for Grade 12, especially those needed to succeed in College and University
  • Trip to Canada’s largest Imax Theatre and Royal Ontario Museum

HSP3M1 Introduction to Anthology, Sociology and Psychology

  • Recommended as the foundation for all the other Social Science courses offered
  • Introduces theories, questions, issues in Anthropology, Sociology, and Psychology
  • Develop an understanding of the way social scientists help us understand human behavior by exploring a variety of perspectives and issues researched by famous classical and contemporary anthropologists, sociologists and psychologists.
  • Literacy development in a senior course and preparation for Grade 12, especially those needed to succeed in College and University
  • Trip to Canada’s largest Imax Theatre and Royal Ontario Museum

HRT3M1 World Religions: Beliefs, Issues and Religious Traditions

  • Find our what others believe, how they live, and appreciate their own unique heritage
  • Learn about the teachings & traditions of a variety of religions, the connections between religion and the development of civilizations, the place & function of religion in human experience & the influence of a broad range of religions on today’s society
  • Learn skills used in researching and investigating world religions
  • This course will change the way you view people
  • Literacy development in a senior course and preparation for Grade 12, especially those needed to succeed in College and University
  • Trip to Canada’s largest Imax Theatre and Royal Ontario Museum

HZB3O1 Philosophy The Big Questions

  • A discussion based course where students question… What is a person? What is a meaningful life? What is good? What is evil? What defines a just society? What is human knowledge? How do we know what is beautiful in art, music and literature?
  • Ask  and discuss other Big Questions of your own!
  • Build self confidence, strengthen skills in organization and communication, especially job skills-based effective writing
  • Trip to Canada’s largest Imax Theatre and Royal Ontario Museum

Grade 11 & 12 Aboriginal Studies

NDA3M Current Aboriginal Issues in Canada

  • Examine the issues and challenges that confront Native peoples in Canada
  • Develop an understanding of the concerns and aspirations of Canada’s Native peoples
  • plan and conduct research on issues that have an impact on Canada’s Native peoples
  • Lots of guest speakers, trips to local sites & Royal Ontario Museum

NDW4M1 Issues of Indigenous Peoples in a Global Context

  • Examine the issues and challenges that confront indigenous peoples worldwide
  • Develop an understanding of the concerns and aspirations of the world’s indigenous population
  • plan and conduct research on global issues that have an impact of indigenous peoples
  • Trips to Art Gallery of Ontario or Imax and Royal Ontario Museum

Grade 12

CHM4E Adventures in History

  • Perfect pathway for those who succeeded in CHC2L1.
  • Watch & Talk about History
  • Explore a variety of human experiences in world history from the earliest times to today
  • learn about a wide range of societies and cultures, examining such things as systems of government, war, disease, technological developments, work, art, and religion
  • History in film is examined and checked to evaluate accuracy with what is revealed in other sources
  • Class trip to the Imax Theatre & Royal Ontario Museum

CHY4U1 or CHY4C1 The West and the World – World History 1500 to present

  • Investigate  Western Civilization from 16th Century to today
  • Learn about interaction between Europe since 1500 and the world and find out about the big revolutions, important inventors, wars, painters, sculptures, music and religious differences
  • Class trip to Canada’s Imax Theatre & Royal Ontario Museum

CIA4U1 Analysing Current Economic Issues

  • Explore the choices individuals and societies make about the use of resources in a competitive global economy and better understand current economic issues
  • Learn how to make better economic choices based on analysis
  • Better understand our world’s economy superb prep for university-level economics and allows students to get a better understanding of our Canadian, North American and global economy

HSB4M1 Challenge & Change in Society

  • Join the newest Senior Social Science course at SJAM
  • Full of class discussion and debate
  • Ideal follow-up course to HSP3M – Also ideal for all who want a grade 12 course about what explains human behaviour and what influences societies today
  • Find out why people act and think the way they do
  • Explore theories & methodologies used in Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology
  • Find out what explains shifts in human attitudes, beliefs, behaviour & impact on society
  • Discuss cultural, social, and biological patterns in human societies and how those patterns change over time
  • Check out career choices in the social sciences.  e.g. Forensic Anthropology (CSI)
  • Find our how famous social scientists have explained huamn behaviour in the past and examine how we explain trends in society today. Do you own social science experiment.
  • Class trip to Forensic Science Centre in Toronto ( CSI for all Canada )

HZT4U1 Philosophy: Questions and Theories

  • Find out about the main areas of Philosophy: Metaphysics ( Does God exist ); logic Epistemology ( What is knowledge ); Ethics ( What is right ); Social & Political Philosophy and; Aethetics ( What is beauty or good art )
  • Examine the main idea expressed by philosophers from a variety of the world’s traditions; explain your own philosophical ideas and apply those ideas to today’s social issues and to your own personal experiences
  • Improve your critical thinking & get better prepared for university by refining research & literacy skills
  • Class trip to visit Art Gallery of Ontario or Imax and Royal Ontario Museum

Co-curricular Activities

  • History Club
  • Excellence in History Monthly Award
  • Hosted author Lawrence Hill for the launch of the Historica-Dominion Institute’s Black History Education Guide
  • All Candidates forum for 2010 Mayoralty Election
  • Senior history trip to Royal Ontario Museum
  • Veterans Week Guest Speakers
  • Participate in Holocaust Symposium at Mohawk College
  • Senior research trips to McMaster University

Contact Information

Rooms 310, 312, 314, and 316.

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Helping our future learn from our past.

Updated on Thursday, May 24, 2018.
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