Monday, January 29, 2018

Social Studies 10 Course Outline

Social Studies 10 Course Outline 
Ms. von Bremen 
Blocks: 7,8
Blog address:  http://vonbremensocials.blogspot.ca/    
Email address:  kvonbremen@s19.bc.ca 

The goal of Social Studies is to help you become active and informed citizens.  This includes having an opinion on issues and have the ability to back up ideas with strong evidence.  These things take practice and experience and that is what class is for. 
In Social Studies 10 we will look at a number of ideas and topics through six historical thinking concepts which include: 
-Historical Significance 
-Evidence 
-Continuity & Change 
-Cause & Consequence 
-Perspective 
-Ethical Judgement 

Through the above lenses we will explore and examine some of the following topics: 
1.     Evolution of Government & Judicial Systems in Canada from pre-contact to present
2.     Lead up to WWI:  Laurier Era and beyond
3.     WWI
4.     Post War Era & 1920’s
5.     Great Depression
6.     Lead up to WWII

Political & Economic ideologies: 
-political spectrum 
-First Nation's peoples traditional organizational relationships within community and to the land 
-social welfare programs 

Development, structure & function of Political institutions (focus: Canada): 
-forms of government 
-levels & branches of government in Canada and First Nations self-government 
-electoral systems 
-Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms 
-Indian Act 
-overview of Judicial System

Canadian Identity: 
-First Nations identity 
-immigration & multiculturalism 
-nature of Canadian identity 

Canadian Autonomy: 
-international relations & foreign policy:  WWI, Paris Peace & League of Nations, WWII 
-Canadian constitutional issues 


Domestic conflict and cooperation 
                -Conscription Crisis
            -Quebec and concept of distinct society

Human-environment interactions  
-standard of living and inequalities 
-demographics 
-land and resources 
-climate change 


Discriminatory policies and injustices in Canada (and around the world) 
-women's rights 
-racism 
-union movement

Truth & Reconciliation
                  -effects of Residential School System & Indian Act

Economic development and Canada's role in the global economy 
-fundamental economic concepts 
-relationships between environment & economy 
-free trade and economic organizers 

****Please note there is a mandatory Position Paper that must be completed at a satisfactory level including proper bibliography and footnotes in order to receive a grade and credit for this class.

What you need to be successful: 
-a good attitude 
-come to class prepared and ready to work 
-bring texts, notebook & writing utensils 
-participate and be present in class 
-be respectful of yourself and others 
-complete homework and assignments to the best of your ability 
-ask for help 
-turn off and put away cell phones/music devices, unless they are being used for educational purposes under the teacher’s direction. Responsible use in an educational form! 

Late Assignments: 
“Stuff happens”. If you are reasonable, I will be reasonable. Bottom line: I’m a reasonable person however once an assignment has been handed back the maximum mark you may receive is 50%. Plagiarism and Cheating will result in a zero, a serious conversation and sometimes a learning opportunity. 

Assessment:
Assignments – 50% 
AAP – 10% (attendance, attitude, participation, preparedness, use of time, assignments in on time, work completion etc.…etc.….) 
Tests & Quizzes - 40% 
Marks will be cumulative over two semesters.
Final Assessment = 20% of final grade (this will be skills based and less so on content) 


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