Thorsby Junior/Senior High School

Social Studies

Both Social 10-1 and Social 10-2 course sequences are designed to further the student’s understanding of history, geography, economic, and political issues.

All students must achieve a minimum of 15 credits in Social Studies (including Social 30-1 or 30-2) to obtain a High School Diploma.

Social Studies 10-1 (5 credits) and Social Studies 10-2 (5 credits)

Canada in the 20th century is examined through the study of globalization and our role in world affairs. The 10-2 level curriculum is similar to the 10-1 level curriculum and challenges the student at an appropriate level.

Social Studies 20-1 (5 credits)

Students will explore the complexities of nationalism in Canadian and international contexts. They will study the origins of nationalism and the influence of nationalism on regional, international and global relations. The infusion of multiple perspectives will allow students to develop understandings of nationalism and how it contributes to the citizenship and identities of peoples in Canada.9

Social Studies 20-2 (5 credits)

Students will examine historical and contemporary understandings of nationalism in Canada and the world. They will explore the origins of nationalism and its impacts on individuals and communities in Canada and other locations. Examples of nationalism, ultra-nationalism, supra-nationalism, and internationalism will be examined from multiple perspectives. Students will develop personal and civic responses to emergent issues related to nationalism.

Social Studies 30-1 (5 credits)

Students will explore the origins and complexities of ideologies and examine multiple perspectives regarding the principles of classical and modern liberalism. An analysis of various political and economic systems will allow students to assess the viability of the principles of liberalism. Developing understandings of the roles and responsibilities associated with citizenship will encourage students to respond to emergent global issues.

Social Studies 30-2 (5 credits)

Students will examine the origins, values and components of competing ideologies. They will explore multiple perspectives regarding relationships among individualism, liberalism, common good, and collectivism. An examination of various political and economic systems will allow students to determine the viability of the values of liberalism. Developing understandings of the roles and responsibilities associated with citizenship will encourage students to respond to emergent global issues.

 

Psychology 20  and 30 (6 credits)

The purpose of Psychology is to introduce the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals.  Included is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles and phenomena associated with each of the major sub-fields within psychology.  Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.