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The Social Sciences

Social Science education can be defined as the study of people and theirrelationships with their social, physical and technological environments. The study of those relationships becomes most relevant when students are encouraged to make connections to their own lives, as they explore and apply knowledge, skills, thinking processes and values.

Students must meet the following criteria in Social Science courses in order to meet graduation requirements.

One Grade 10 level compulsory credit (choose Social Studies 10 or Native Studies 10)

One Grade 12 level compulsory credit (choose Social Studies 30 or History 30 or Native Studies 30)

Plus one other Social Science credit at the 20 or 30. (Social Studies, History, Native Studies, Psychology or Law)



Grade 9 students will explore worldviews of past societies, and connections between the past and the present. In particular, the goal of Social Studies 9 is to examine dynamic relationships, power and authority, resources and wealth, and interactions and interdependence. Themes to be examined include: Identity and Social Responsibility; Ancient Societies; Middle Ages and Renaissance; Our Shared History.



The goal of grade 10 social studies is to help students understand the basic organizations of industrialized, democratic societies. The social studies program outlines the basic organization of Canadian society and then provides other examples to give students a basis for comparison.   Topics include:  Political Decision Making, Economic Decision Making, Ideologies, International Economic Relationships, and International Politics.



The aim of Native Studies 10 is to help all students develop their knowledge, positive attitudes and cultural understanding about First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. The unique history of Aboriginal peoples is part of our collective past and present reality. Thus, students will benefit from a study of Aboriginal peoples because it will give them the opportunity to understand and respect one another.  This is a survey course that examines the societal structures and practices of Indian, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Saskatchewan and Canada through time.  Topics include: Identity and Worldviews: Aboriginal Perspectives, Community and Kinship: Aboriginal Perspectives, Governance: Aboriginal Perspectives, and Economies: Aboriginal Perspectives



The goal of Social Studies 20 is to help students understand the major contemporary issues facing humanity.  Students will examine the current state of these issues and alternative viewpoints for dealing with these issues.  Dialectic reasoning must be demonstrated.  Topics include: Human Rights, Population, Environment, World Economy, and Governance.



This is a course that examines contemporary issues and concepts common to canadian and international indigenous peoples.  Topics include: Indigenous worldviews, Self-Determination and self-government, Sovereignty, aboriginal rights, treaty rights, land claims, models of self-government, Indigenous perspectives and factors which affect development, and Social justice national and international legislation concerning human rights



The goal of History 20 is to help students understand the major issues facing humanity at the end of the twentieth century. The history program examines the conditions, ideas, and events of the twentieth century which gave rise to these issues.  Topics include: World War I and the Russian Revolution, Interwar Years, World War II, The Cold War, and World Governance.



The goal of Social Studies 30 is to help students understand the major issues facing Canadians at the end of the twentieth century. The social studies program examines issues such as social change throughout Canadian history, people-land relationships, cross-cultural relationships, the governance of Canadian society, and Canada's relationship with the global community. Topics include: Social Change, Economic Development, Culture, Governance, and Globalization.



The goal of Native Studies 30 is to help students understand the major issues facing Canadians at the end of the twentieth century. The Native Studies program aims to develop appreciation for the influence of Aboriginal peoples on the development of Canada through an investigation of contemporary issues and their historical basis. Students of Native Studies will develop an understanding of their own cultural groups and sensitivity to other cultural groups through a focus on development of positive self-identity.  Topics include: Canadian Aboriginal and Treaty Rights, Pre-contact, The Environment, Governance, and Social Justice.



The goal of History 30 is to help students understand the major issues facing Canadians at the end of the twentieth century.  The History program examines issues affecting Canada and Canadians throughout the history of the country.  Following a chronological timeline, topics include: the people and the land, 19th century road to democracy, external forces and domestic realities, forces of nationalism, and challenges and opportunities.



Psychology is the systematic scientific study of human behaviour, experiences and mental processes.  Psychologists use stringent scientific methods and standardized scientific procedures to collect information and to analyze and interpret data.  Psychology education involves students in learning about the science of psychology, as well as in conducting their own psychological research and exploring how their results can be applied to their lives and the world around them.

This introductory course is designed to provide students with a general overview of the field of psychology, including psychological theory and the methodology of research.   Students will learn the basic concepts of psychology and how psychological studies are conducted.  As well, students will be encouraged to re-assess preconceived ideas and prejudices, and begin to discover how psychological theories, methods and studies lead to greater understanding of how humans think, feel and behave. 

This course deals with many current topics in scientific psychology such as:  perception, memory, language and thinking, human communication, personality, motivation, aggression, addictive behaviour, learning, emotion, interpersonal relations and data collection.

The program aim of Psychology 20 is to develop students' understanding and appreciation for psychology as a field of scientific knowledge, and give students a frame of reference for understanding themselves, others and social relationships.



The focus of this course is on human development across the life span.  Students will learn about human growth and changes in behavior associated with age, including the various stages of development from infancy to old age.  They will also learn how psychological studies are conducted, as well as how theories, methods and studies help us better understand how humans think, feel and behave relative to their stage of development.



Students with an interest and aptitude for Psychology may choose to write the Advanced Placement Exam in May. Exam prep begins in the winter semester.  Students will receive credit for Psychology 20 and Psychology 30. The goals of AP Psychology include:

  • Learn psychology at a college level in order to take the AP exam.
  • Study human behaviour and mental processes using the scientific method.
  • Discover and think critically about psychological claims and studies.
  • Increase self understanding as well as acceptance of others to ease senior year transition into your next developmental stage of life (early adulthood)


LAW 30

The Law 30 course is designed to assist students to become active, informed and productive citizens who know and understand their legal rights and responsibilities. Through the course, students develop an understanding of the concepts of rule of law and common law. Students will learn that the law reflects, and is shaped by, society’s values and attitudes regarding social and human relationships.

The Law 30 curriculum is a fairly new curriculum (2002) that aims at being “student-friendly”.  The three core units of study in this course are:  Foundations of the Canadian Legal System, Criminal Law and Civil Law.  Once these units are covered the class will choose to study two of the remaining five additional units in the course.  These five units are Family Law, Labour and Employment Law, Contract and Consumer Law, Environmental Law and International Law.  Field trips and presentations from outside agencies are an integral part of this class.