The Social Sciences include three subject areas: Geography, History and Entrepreneurship. The overall goals of the Social Sciences program are threefold. Students become socially literate through the acquisition of knowledge of their own geography, history and economy. They develop the tools that will allow them to examine, assess and debate issues and problems related to their own society as well as global issues. Finally, students become informed citizens in order to fulfill their responsibilities as active citizens both at home and abroad.
HISTORY AND CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION Cycle One-Year One and Two
The study of History enables students to become aware of the impact of the past in shaping the present. In order to understand the present, students study the evolution of societies over time, in order to understand how some societies have developed into their present state. In Cycle One-Year One, students explore the cultural, economic, political and territorial aspects from prehistory to Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, Rome and the Early Middle Ages. In Cycle One-Year Two, students further their study by exploring the Late Middle Ages, the Renaissance, European expansion and the French and Industrial Revolutions.
GEOGRAPHY Cycle One-Year One and Two
The study of Geography focuses on a variety of geographic phenomena, and encourages students to reflect upon the consequences of human actions for a territory and for the planet. In Cycle One-Year One, students examine types of territories, with a strong focus on protected territories, territories at risk and heritage cities. In Cycle One-Year Two, students will further their study of territories, concentrating on metropolises, native territories, forestry and energy. Students are encouraged to observe, analyze and interpret the relationship between people and their constantly changing physical environment.
HISTORY OF QUEBEC AND CANADA Cycle Two-Year One and Two
The study of Quebec and Canadian history has two aims: to enable students to understand the present based on the past and to prepare students to participate as informed citizens in a democratic, pluralistic and complex world. Through the study of the cultural, economic, political and social history of Quebec and Canada, students are provided with an opportunity to gradually enrich their knowledge base and the conceptual framework they use to understand the social and political environment they live in. Students are also encouraged to take an interest in the issues facing Quebec society, to understand and assume their responsibility as citizens.
THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD Cycle Two-Year Three
This course examines the geographic, historical, economic and political dimensions of our contemporary world in order to help students understand international news events and situate them within the complexity of the world today. Students use a geographic perspective, considering the impact of human action on territory or space. Students adopt a historical perspective, examining the elements of change and continuity on society. Taking into consideration the economic dimension helps students understand the choices societies make regarding the organization of trade, production, distribution and consumption. Lastly, the political dimension focuses the students’ analysis on the organization of power within societies.
FINANCIAL EDUCATION Cycle Two-Year Three
Every society must determine how to use its limited natural, human and capital resources. In this course, students learn that it is not only businesses and governments that have to make important economic choices, but communities, families and individuals such as themselves, have an important role to play. In addition to becoming familiar with their economic environment, students will take part in a project that will foster the development of entrepreneurial qualities. The project encourages students to use strategies and resources that are of value not only for entrepreneurs but for all citizens actively involved in their community.