Social Studies

The Social Studies discipline is by its very nature broad and dynamic. Students learn about history, geography, culture, economics, law, government, social organization, and current issues and events. Students also learn how to belong to, and take responsibility for, the various communities of which he or she is a member: local school and neighbourhood, town and province, country and world. As students work through our social studies curriculum, they learn to think like a historian, act responsibly as citizens, and become passionate about the world in all its complexity.

Social Studies Courses

Social Studies 8

Social Studies 8 is a very exciting course in which students study major world religions alongside an in-depth study of World Civilizations, with an emphasis on comparative analysis of civilizations from the Fall of Rome to the Age of Exploration. Students examine the rise and fall of ancient civilizations; the role of religion as a powerful guiding force in people’s lives; the nature of social and political organization (such as feudalism); basic economic systems and forms of exchange; the impact of science and technology on political, economic, and social structures; periods of significant cultural achievement; and what causes civilizations to develop and decline. Students will also acquire fundamental geographic skills and knowledge that helps us understand both the past and the present. Throughout the course students also develop skills which are essential to the study of people and places over time: identifying and clarifying a problem, issue, or inquiry; gathering, organizing, and interpreting information from a variety of sources, including print and non-print; assessing a variety of positions on controversial issues; preparing and delivering written, oral and graphic presentations; developing library and research skills and working cooperatively. Students will also examine current events and issues throughout the year.

Social Studies 8: BC Curriculum Document

Social Studies 9

This course covers the period from 1750 to 1919. The four BIG IDEAS include emerging ideas and ideologies, the effects of the physical environment on different aspects of society, problems that result from disparities in power, and how a peoples’ collective identity can change over time. In keeping with these themes, Socials 9 students will learn about different types of revolution, the effect of imperialism on indigenous people, global demographic shifts, nationalism, discrimination, global and regional conflicts, and the different physical features of Canada.

Social Studies 9: BC Curriculum Document

Social Studies 10

Socials 10 is an exciting course that looks at Canada’s role during the 1900’s starting with World War I and concludes with the Quebec separatist issues. Students will explore how Canada became not just a more independent country but also a world player in many significant ways. While the course focuses on Canada, students will also learn about many world events that changed the world such as the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the impact of terrorism, and others.

Students will also be introduced to the Canadian political system and the importance of democracy. The policies of federal and provincial political parties will be examined from a historical and modern perspective. Students will also see how the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms has impacted our society.

The last unit studied is Human Geography where students will look at demographics, the developed vs the developing world as well as Canada’s contribution to helping the developing world.

20th Century World History 12

Formerly known as History 12 this course covers significant historical events including major conflicts such as World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. Civil wars and the rise of authoritarian regimes will also be discussed. Furthermore, the impact of civil rights and women’s rights plus the importance of economics will also be explored. This course will help students understand that events today have been greatly influenced by events of the past.


Economics 12 / Economic Theory 12

This 8 credit course studies the economics of the modern world (stock markets, advertising, marketing, national and international business) and introduces students to the role that economics plays in our everyday lives. The course commences with a basic introduction to Economics as a social science and how we make economic decisions with the scarce resources that we have. The course is intended to have the students well prepared for an introductory course in Economics at university. In that regard, the next two major areas of focus in the course are Microeconomics as well as Macroeconomics. Microeconomics explores how individuals, households and firms make decisions with how they choose to allocate the resources that they have. Macroeconomics explores the behavior and performance of an economy. It explores wider economic areas such as unemployment, growth rate, gross domestic product, and inflation.

**Fulfills both the Social Studies requirement and the Applied Skills requirement for graduation)

Law Studies 12

This is a survey course intended to introduce students to the fundamentals of Canadian law procedure, civil law and family law and is a good option for those heading into the Arts. 

The major component will be to analyze criminal law, civil law, and family. Students will grow to understand the need for laws and the importance of the Charter of rights and freedoms. They will also learn that with rights and freedoms comes responsibilities to act in a responsible manner and be good citizens of Canada

Physical Geography 12

As an ever-increasing world population puts increased demands on the planet’s resources, there is a need for a society that can make informed decisions about the sustainability of the Earth’s resources and the future of the planet. The geographically literate student can interpret the landscape and understand the interconnections between his or her actions and the Earth’s physical systems. Students will have opportunities to analyze the critical interplay of culture, economics, politics, and social considerations when examining the relationship between people and the environment. Through the study of geography, students can develop an understanding of how local, regional, and global environments affect them, and allow them to make informed decisions and take appropriate action to manage the earth’s resources in a responsible manner.

Psychology 12


NOTE: Psychology is a STMC approved course but it DOES NOT meet the Social Studies Graduation requirement. STMC will no longer be offering this as an AP course


This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts and areas of study within the social science of Psychology. The course looks at the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. It looks at how our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions affect how we develop through our lifespan.

Social Justice 12 / Genocide 12

This accelerated 8 credit course covers the learning outcomes of both Social Justice (SJ 12) and Genocide. Social Justice 12 is a course which examines the causes, history, and solutions of various issues such as poverty, famine, hunger, war, AIDS, and homelessness through the lens of Catholic Social teaching. In Genocide 12 the backgrounds, political motivations, methods, and international responses to genocides will be investigated throughout the course