Students going into grade 11 must take one of the following ministry designated courses to complete their graduation requirements. Note that some of our senior electives are Board Authorized Courses (BAA) that do not meet this requirement or AP courses that also do not meet this requirement.
Social Studies 11 Explorations
This is a survey course intended to introduce three areas of study – introducing students to political studies and current global trends, historical inquiry and ethical assessment, and geographical awareness in an ever changing global climate. The course will emphasize inquiry-based learning and research. For further info please visit the ministry website below. This course counts towards graduation credits.
Psychology 11/12 (BAA)
This course introduces human behaviour and basic psychological concepts and enables students to put them into practice. The areas studied include the biological basis of behaviour, as well as human development and social psychology (personality, abnormal behaviour, treatments, etc.) This is a course on human behaviour and basic concepts in modern psychology. The course covers the five major psychological domains: methods, biopsychological, cognitive, developmental, and socio-economic domain. The course is designed for students who have an interest in psychology and are curious to learn how and why people think and act the way they do. This course also acts as an excellent foundation course for AP Psych. This course cannot be used for university entrance but is a graduation credit course.
AP Psychology (AP)
This course will introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of behaviour and mental processes of humans. Students will be exposed to psychological facts, principals, and phenomenon associated with each of the sub fields in psychology. Topics addressed; Social Psych, The Brain, Personality, Learning, Intelligence etc. Students should be fully aware of the heavy content of this course and the academic challenge of a six credit university level course. The content of this course supports a broad range of study/career paths including business, law, education, and health studies. The final exam in May is optional but strongly recommended. Students are awarded 6 university credits upon successful completion of the AP exam. This course counts as both a graduation credit as well as can be used for university entrance.
Human Geography 12
A study of the forces that shape the earth’s surface, the resulting features, and how they affect people. Students will study aspects of astronomy, oceanography, climatology, plant geography, geology and geomorphology, and examine the problems of climate change, overpopulation, resource depletion and the impact of technological development on the natural world. This course counts as both a science and an art for university application.
20th Century World History 12
This course carefully examines significant events of the 20th century and how they profoundly impacted civilization and the way of life. The big ideas students will explore in this course include how both unity and intense conflict can be brought on by nationalist movements, how the rapid development and proliferation of technology led to profound social, economic, and political changes, and how new pollical and economic systems emerged because of the breakdown of long-standing empires. Topics include, but are not limited to, WWII, the Cold War, Revolution, Superpower economics, the collapse of the Soviet Union and understanding the problems of the Middle East. Note that this course may be taught through the lens of espionage. This course can be used for university entrance.
Human rights and freedoms intersecting with the criminal justice system lays the foundation of this course. Focusing on some of the most controversial cases over the last few decades, students will learn how analyze the elements of the case for the prosecution as well as for the defence. The Youth Criminal Justice Act and the Canadian Criminal Code will be examined in depth against the backdrop of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The highlight is a field trip to watch criminal and civil trials at the BC Supreme Court. This course can be used for university entrance.
Philosophy examines the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. Philosophy seeks to answer difficult questions and focuses on the following: Logic: how to construct a rational and compelling argument and use logic to find answers to difficult questions. Metaphysics (the nature of reality): How do we understand our reality? Is there a god? Do we have free will? Epistemology (the nature of knowledge): What is knowledge? How is belief different than knowledge? Ethics: How should people act- is there a true right and wrong way to behave? Are morals natural, or socially constructed? If you like discussion, creating arguments, and pondering life’s biggest questions, philosophy is for you. This course can be used for university entrance.
Social Justice 12
In Social Justice 12 you will be examining how basic human rights and social values are upheld and distributed in Canada and around the world. In this course you will have the opportunity to examine issues such as racism, poverty, sexism, homophobia, globalization and the environment. In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, the ability to apply critical thinking and ethical reasoning skills to a variety of social justice issues is crucial and is the cornerstone of this course. This course will challenge students to examine their own beliefs and values and realize their capacity to effect positive change in the world. Thoughtful, open and informed class discussion and engagement are highly valued and important to the success of each student’s learning experience. This course can be used for university entrance.
Global and Intercultural Studies 12
While multiculturalism refers to different cultures co-existing with each other, interculturalism is about how to understand and interact with people who have different backgrounds and worldviews. With more jobs than ever operating on a global level and immigration representing more than 70% of Canada’s population growth, it has never been more important for inclusivity and understanding other cultures. The goal of this class is to help students become more able to live in and understand a globalized world, to resist stereotypical thinking, and to recognize and challenge imbalances of power and inequity. Students will reflect on the sources of their own values, examine globalization and our changing economy, practice cross-cultural communication, and conduct in-depth cultural research.
Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12
This course focuses on the diversity, depth, and integrity of Indigenous cultures around the world. Students will learn how the identities, worldviews, and languages of Indigenous people are renewed, sustained, and transformed through their connection to the land. The lingering effects of colonialism and the movement towards reconciliation and self-determination will be key themes within the course, in addition to the understanding that reconciliation requires all colonial societies to work together as we strive to foster healing and address injustices. Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12 provides an opportunity for students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the traditions, history, and present realities of contemporary Indigenous peoples, as well as a chance to consider future challenges and opportunities.