Social Studies 11 Explorations
Course Overview and Rationale:
Viewed as a whole, Social Studies 11 Explorations examines the factors that have shaped and continue to shape our world. This course will explore significant historical, political, social and economic change from a global perspective with a particular focus on the 20th century. Students will examine issues related to revolution, war, nationalism (and populism), the influence of media (and mediums), challenges to traditional ideologies (feminism, for example), standards of living, population issues, environmental challenges and religious conflicts. More than any one approach, this course might be viewed as a course in global citizenship. By the time you have completed Social Studies 11 Explorations, you should have a better understanding and appreciation of the story of your ever changing world.
Make a sincere effort - engage actively in classes and as you do the assigned work, be open to new ideas and methods, follow suggestions and improve where you can, learn from your mistakes, get extra help when you need it.
It is your responsibility to catch up, find out and complete homework assignments, hand in work due, and reschedule (as soon as possible) all missed tests, presentations, and due dates if you must be absent.
Late Assignments: Written material is due at the beginning of class on the due date. Talk to me if you are unable to complete your work to the expected standard or timeframe. Give yourself every chance to succeed by being organized and proactive.
Self responsibility is the key to developing safe and respectful learning environments...“You own your own thoughts, language, behaviours, actions, and outcomes, being self responsible allows you to move forward to a full life, deeper learning, and an attitude that does not blame others.”
Collaborative Work: Much class time will be spent working in groups, either preparing written positions or participating in a role-play or a class presentation. Effective group work is very rewarding but does not occur by accident - it demands patience, co-operation and effort. Group work will be evaluated sometimes simply by observed ability to stay on task and other times more formally by assessment of a group submission.
Participation: This is an essential aspect of the course. Active class participation is expected at post-secondary institutions, so now is the best time to develop or improve that skill in the comfortable and familiar environment that school affords. Students should be aware of the distinction between constructive participation and verbal grandstanding and also of the need to respect the views of others, particularly if they differ. All students are encouraged to voice their opinions, beliefs and positions though it must be understood that opinions are only as valid as the evidence used to support them; the true test of the success of the process of education is our willingness to re-evaluate our assumptions on the basis of new information. The excellent student will not only be prepared to defend their point of view but also to change it if necessary. The aim of any social studies course is less to provide definitive answers, than to examine the validity of those we think we have already.
Electronic devices - Be familiar with our school policy.
Plagiarism can be confusing to students, so please be familiar with the school’s policy. In short, when you use other peoples’ words, images and unique ideas, include a reference as to where you found them (Chicago Style).
Unit I: Media, Politics, Law & Government
Unit II: Themes in 20th Century World History
Unit III: Human Geography
Unit IV: World Religions
Unit V: Heritage Inquiry
Assignments, Projects, Essays 45%
Heritage Inquiry (**) 20%
*Demonstration of learning: if you have a true desire to express what you have learned in a different way, or need to show that you understand something that you missed, there are some assessment alternatives you can find out about from your teacher.
**Heritage Inquiry is meant to be a semester long inquiry into a student's generational (family) history. It represents the 'final' assessment of the course (in lieu of a final exam). See 'Heritage Inquiry Project Page' for further info.