Social

The Alberta High School Social Studies curriculum focuses on the following skills and processes to ensure success in subject learning:

Thinking Skill Dimensions

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Historical and geographic thinking
  • Decision making and problem solving

Communication Skills

  • Verbal, visual and textual literacy
  • Communicate effectively to express a point of view in a variety of situations
  • Media literacy through assessing the authority, reliability and validity of electronically accessed information

Social Participation as a Democratic Practice

  • Cooperation, conflict resolution and consensus building
  • Age-appropriate behaviour for social involvement
  • Demonstrate leadership

Research for Deliberative Inquiry Strategies

  • Research for information
  • Develop, express and defend an informed position on an issue

Social Studies 10-1 (SST1771)

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: Social Studies 9
Required for: Social Studies 20-1 or 20-2

Course Content: Perspectives on Globalization
Key Issue: To what extent should we embrace globalization?

Students will explore multiple perspectives on:

  • the origins of globalization and its impact on lands, cultures, economies, human rights and quality of life
  • the relationships among globalization, citizenship and identity to enhance skills for social responsibility
  • the infusion of multiple perspectives that will allow students to examine the effects of globalization on peoples in Canada and throughout the world, including the impact on Aboriginal and Francophone communities

Social Studies 10-2 (SST1772)

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: Social Studies 9
Required for: Social Studies 20-2

Course Content: Living in a Globalizing World

Students will explore and assess:

  • the impacts of globalization on their lives
  • the impacts of historical globalization on Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples
  • economic, environmental and other contemporary impacts of globalization
  • citizenship roles and responsibilities in a globalizing world.

Social Studies 20-1 (SST2771)

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: Social Studies 10-1
Required for: Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2

Course Content: Perspectives on Nationalism

Students will explore and assess:

  • the complexities of nationalism in Canadian and international contexts
  • 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 nationalism contributes to the citizenship and identities of peoples in Canada.

Social Studies 20-2 (SCN2772)

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: Social Studies 10-1 or 10-2
Required for: Social Studies 30-2

Course Content: Understandings of Nationalism

Students will explore and assess:

  • the relationships among identity, nation and nationalism
  • impact of nationalism, ultra-nationalism and the pursuit of national interest
  • impact of the pursuit of internationalism in contemporary global affairs
  • the complexities of nationalism within the Canadian context.

Social Studies 30-1 (SST3771)

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: Social Studies 20-1
Required for: Alberta High School Diploma
Students in this course will write an Alberta Education Diploma Exam valued at 50% of their final grade.

Course Content: Perspectives on Ideology
Key Issue: To what extent should we embrace an ideology?

Students will explore and assess:

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

Social Studies 30-2 (SST3772)

Credits: 5
Prerequisite: Social Studies 20-1 or 20-2
Required for: Alberta High School Diploma

Students in this course will write an Alberta Education Diploma Exam valued at 50% of their final grade.

Course Content: Understandings of Ideologies

Students will explore and assess the:

  • relationship between identity and ideology
  • impacts of, and reactions to, liberalism.
  • extent to which values of liberalism are viable in a contemporary world
  • rights, roles and responsibilities as citizens