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AFRICAN-CANADIAN STUDIES 11 - AFS11 (Academic)

The African Canadian Studies course focuses on the history and people of African descent in Canada. Presented in a challenging, dynamic, and interesting manner, the course is broken down into four basic units that range from Pre-Colonial African societies to Challenges that face today’s youth. The course is designed to equip students with a sound understanding of the global experience, local achievements, and contributions of Canadian people of African descent. It uses the disciplines of geography, history, economics, political science, and sociology to highlight the experiences, and struggles of people of African descent who have contributed to world history.

 

IB ECONOMICS 11 & 12  - IBECO 11 & IBECO 12  (Advanced)

IB Economics examines microeconomics, macro-economics and especially inter-national economics over a two year period. Usually Economics 11 treats Price Theory while Economics 12 deals with National Accounting and World Trade Issues. The coverage is exhaustive and comprehensive allowing the successful student to move directly into second year university economics. By permission only. Economics 12IB satisfies Global Studies credit.

 

GEOGRAPHY 10 - GEO 10 (Academic)

The geography 10 course deals with physical geography. This course has two sections. Part A, Graphic Environment, helps students develop an understanding of and practical experience in constructing, using, and interpreting some of the image, map, and graphing skills geographers commonly use to analyze the environment. Part B, The Physical Environment, deals with the various land, ocean, and atmospheric processes that are at work sculpting the face of the earth.

GEOGRAPHY 11  (Academic)

This course will examine how Canadians use their spaces, where rural, urban, and suburban places are in each region, and how each region of the country is characterized. Students will look at how Canada’s north is being affected by climate change, if it is at all, and how our coastlines are changing. Students will also study major landmarks, characteristics and structures in each Canadian province and territory. We will also look at some of Canada’s resources, changing technologies, and life in Cape Breton as it compares to the rest of Canada.

 

GLOBAL GEOGRAPHY 12 - GGS12 (Academic)

The main focus of this course is global geography which uses major themes to help us understand the nature and origins of the complex relationship between humanity and our environment. There are thematic units that are fundamental to developing an understanding and awareness of how the world is now in its present state. By using the appropriate geographic skills and techniques, and applying them to real world situations, students will become informed about our planet and how fragile it really is.

 

GÉOGRAPHIE PLANÉTAIRE 12 - GÉOPL12INT 12 (Academic)

The main focus of this course is global geography which uses major themes to help us understand the nature and origins of the complex relationship between humanity and our environment. There are thematic units that are fundamental to developing an understanding and awareness of how the world is now in its present state. By using the appropriate geographic skills and techniques, and applying them to real-world situations, students will become informed about our planet and how fragile it really is.  The language of instruction for this class is French.  This course is required for the Français Intégré Certificate and may be used to satisfy the Global Studies requirements for successful completion of the high school program.

 

 

SA PRE-IB HISTORY 10  - HIS 10 IB (Academic)

In this course, emphasis is placed on understanding the interconnections between historical events. A great deal of time is spent on student writing. The many assignments serve to inculcate in the student an appreciation of analysis and evaluation in the historical context. The course treats material from the beginnings of humanity up to the Renaissance. By permission only.

 

CANADIAN HISTORY 11  (Academic)

The Canadian History 11 course is a course that spans Canadian history from pre-Contact to modern times. The course is designed to give students an understanding of and appreciation for what makes us Canadian. To that end, this particular framework addresses both a chronological and thematic approach through the study of persistent/continuing questions in the history of Canada. Students will be exposed to the course through five themes: Globalization, Development, Governance, Sovereignty, Justice, and a sixth component, independent study. Students will be expected to interact with these themes with a strong emphasis being stressed on usage of the historical method for inquiry into Canada’s past. This course fulfills the Canadian History requirement.

 

HISTORY 11 IB and HISTORY 12 IB (Advanced) - HIS 11 IB and HIS 12 IB

International Baccalaureate History may be studied at two levels. These IB courses analyzes  history from the Renaissance to the present. Normally History 11 IB covers the period 1300 to World War I, including Canadian history, while History 12 IB continues the analysis of world history up to the1980’s. The material is covered in great detail with emphasis on the science of history—the why of history. Much time is given to student writing. After the two year period, the student will normally challenge the internationally standardized five-hour examination. By permission only. History 11 IB satisfies the Canadian  History credit. History 12 IB satisfies the Global Studies credit.

IB HISTOIRE 11 AND 12 (Advanced)- IBHR11 and IBHR12

These courses follow the same curriculum topics as IB History 11 SL and IB History 12, although the language of instruction for these classes is French.  This course is a requirement for the bilingual designation of the IB Diploma.  

GLOBAL HISTORY 12 - HGS12 (Academic)

Global History 12 is a course that examines human history and development from the end of WWII to the present. It is divided into five separate units that examine topics like the Cold War, Interdependence, Justice, Technology, and North/South from the context of development. The course is interdisciplinary and examines history from three perspectives: social, political, and economic. Most classroom activity in this course will revolve around using discussion as the main technique as well as developing essays and short papers.

 

MI’KMAW STUDIES 11 - MMS11 (Academic)

Mi’kmaw Studies 10 provides students with an understanding of historical and contemporary issues in Mi’kmaw society. The course considers events, trends, and traditions in the history of the Mi’kmaw. The course incorporates an issues-based approach and considers broad concepts such as governance, culture, justice, education, and spirituality. Students will analyze historical and contemporary issues in Mi’kmaw society, which will enable them to achieve a greater understanding of and respect for Mi’kmaw contributions to society.

 

SOCIOLOGY 12 - SOC12 (Open)

In Sociology 12, students will learn about the importance of life experience from birth to end of life and all stages in between as they relate to relationships with family, friends, co-workers, and fellow citizens. In Sociology 12, topics including culture in Canada and the world, families and intimate relationships, aging, race and ethnicity, crime and deviance, sex and gender, and our class structure will be studied. Current events in these areas will be monitored and analyzed.

 

THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE 12 IB (Advanced) - THKN 12IB

The Theory of Knowledge program is central to the educational philosophy of the IB. It is an enquiry into all aspects of knowing and knowledge, encouraging students to become critical thinkers. The course poses questions and philosophical problems with which humanity has been grappling with over the centuries. How do I/we know what is true? This course is required for the IB Diploma and is taken in Grade 11.