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Welcome to the St. David History, Law and Social Sciences Program Area
Please find below a flow chart and course descriptions for all the courses in our Program Area.


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Canadian History since World War I – CHC2DI
This course explores the local, national, and global forces that have shaped Canada’s national identity from World War I to the present. Students will investigate the challenges presented by economic, social, and technological changes and explore the contributions of individuals and groups to Canadian culture and society during this period. Students will use critical-thinking and communication skills to evaluate various interpretations of the issues and events of the period and to present their own points of view.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Academic GRADE: 10

Canadian History since World War I – CHC2PI
This course explores some of the pivotal events and experiences that have in?uenced the development of Canada’s identity as a nation from World War I to the present. By examining how the country has responded to economic, social, and technological changes and how individuals and groups have contributed to Canadian culture and society during this period, students will develop their ability to make connections between historical and current events. Students will have opportunities to formulate questions, locate information, develop informed opinions, and present ideas about the central issues and events of the period.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Applied GRADE: 10

Civics – CHV2OH
This course explores rights and responsibilities associated with being an active citizen in a democratic society. Students will explore issues of civic importance such as healthy schools, community planning, environmental responsibility, and the influence of social media, while developing their understanding of the role of civic engagement and of political processes in the local, national, and/or global community. Students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate, and express informed opinions about, a range of political issues and developments that are both of significance in today’s world and of personal interest to them.
CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Open GRADE: 10

American History – CHA3UI
This course traces the social, economic, and political development of the United States from colonial times to the present. Students will explore the historical context of key developments that shaped the United States, its identity and culture, and its role in the global community. They will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating forces in American history.
Prerequisite: Canadian History since World War I, Grade 10, Academic or Applied
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: CHC2DI – Canadian History since World War I or CHC2PI – Canadian History since World War I

Intro to Psych, Sociology and Anthropology – HSP3UI
This course introduces the theories, questions, and issues that are the major concerns of anthropology, psychology, and sociology. Students will develop an understanding of the way social scientists approach the topics they study and the research methods they employ. Students will be given opportunities to explore theories from a variety of perspectives and to become familiar with current thinking on a range of issues that have captured the interest of classical and contemporary social scientists in the three disciplines.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: CHC2DI – Canadian History since World War I or ENG2DI – English

World History to the End of the Fifteenth Century – CHW3MI
This course explores the history of various societies and civilizations around the world, from earliest times to around 1500 CE. Students will investigate a range of factors that contributed to the rise, success, and decline of various ancient and pre-modern societies throughout the world and will examine life in and the cultural and political legacy of these societies. Students will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating social, political, and economic structures and historical forces at work in various societies and in different historical eras.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: College/University GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: CHC2DI – Canadian History since World War I or CHC2PI – Canadian History since World War I

Understanding Canadian Law – CLU3MI
This course explores Canadian law, with a focus on legal issues that are relevant to the lives of people in Canada. Students will gain an understanding of laws relating to rights and freedoms in Canada; our legal system; and family, contract, employment, tort, and criminal law. Students will develop legal reasoning skills and will apply the concepts of legal thinking and the legal studies inquiry process when investigating a range of legal issues and formulating and communicating informed opinions about them.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: College/University GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITE: CHC2DI – Canadian History since World War I or CHC2PI – Canadian History since World War I


East Asian Studies – An Interdisciplinary Studies Course – IDC3OI
This courses takes the form and aims of an interdisciplinary program and examines intercultural questions and competencies through the lens of South East Asia. Recognizing the world as an interdependent and interconnected network of communities, this course fosters student learning through individual and collaborative inquiry and research. Students will analyse the connections among diverse subjects and disciplines; develop information literacy skills in analyzing, selecting, evaluating, and communicating information; and become aware of a variety of resources and viewpoints in contemporary issues. Students can best respond to a changing world with innovation, leadership, and a confident sense of their place in the world.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: Open

COLLEGE – Intro to Psych, Sociology, Anthropology – HSP3CI
This course introduces the theories, questions, and issues that are the major concerns of anthropology, psychology, and sociology. Students will develop an understanding of the way social scientists approach the topics they study and the research methods they employ. Students will be given opportunities to explore theories from a variety of perspectives and to become familiar with current thinking on a range of issues that have captured the interest of classical and contemporary social scientists in the three disciplines.
COURSE NOTE: This is a COLLEGE level course – do not take this course if you are planning to do the Grade 12 4U Challenge & Change or Philosophy courses.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: College GRADE: 11

World History since the Fifteenth Century – CHY4UI
This course traces major developments and events in world history since approximately 1450. Students will explore social, economic, and political changes, the historical roots of contemporary issues, and the role of conflict and cooperation in global interrelationships. They will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, as they investigate key issues and assess societal progress or decline in world history.
Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities.

Analyzing Current Economic Issues – CIA4UI
This course examines current Canadian and international economic issues, developments, policies, and practices from diverse perspectives. Students will explore the decisions that individuals and institutions, including governments, make in response to economic issues such as globalization, trade agreements, economic inequalities, regulation, and public spending. Students will apply the concepts of economic thinking and the economic inquiry process, as well as economic models and theories, to investigate, and develop informed opinions about, economic trade-offs, growth, and sustainability and related economic issues. The WCDSB has an Advanced Standing agreement with WLU that will allow students taking CIA4UI to receive a transfer credit in EC120 (Introduction to Microeconomics) at WLU, if they meet the established criteria. Note: a transfer credit in EC120 cannot be used to satisfy requirements for professional accounting designations. Contact the Business Dept. for more information.
COURSE NOTE: NOTE: DUAL CREDIT COURSE with WLU – If students complete the CIA course work and approved exam and get 70% or better then students can be exempt from EC120 Microeconomics. Please check with Business teachers or Guidance for more information.
NOTE: This Economics courses does NOT count as a Business course for your OSSD.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities.

Legal Studies – CLN4CI
This course provides a foundation for students who wish to pursue a career that requires an understanding of law. Students will explore the importance of law, analysing contemporary legal issues and their relevance to daily life. They will investigate the requirements for various law-related careers as well as legal responsibilities in the workplace. Students will apply the concepts of legal thinking and the legal studies inquiry process to investigate their rights and responsibilities, legal processes and structures, and the role of law in a changing society.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: College GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: CHV2OH – Civics or CHV2OE – eCourse – Civics or PREREQUISITE: Any university, university/college or college preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities.

Canadian and International Law – CLN4UI
This course explores a range of contemporary legal issues and how they are addressed in both Canadian and international law. Students will develop an understanding of the principles of Canadian and international law and of issues related to human rights and freedoms, conflict resolution, and criminal, environmental, and workplace law, both in Canada and internationally. Students will apply the concepts of legal thinking and the legal studies inquiry process, and will develop legal reasoning skills, when investigating these and other issues in both Canadian and international contexts.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: Any university, university/college or college preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities.

Challenge and Change in Society – HSB4UI
This course examines the theories and methodologies used in anthropology, psychology, and sociology to investigate and explain shifts in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour and their impact on society. Students will analyse cultural, social, and biological patterns in human societies, looking at the ways in which those patterns change over time. Students will also explore the ideas of classical and contemporary social theorists, and will apply those ideas to the analysis of contemporary trends.
COURSE NOTE: This course is a natural extension of the Grade 11 HSP3CI or HSP3UI – Pysch, Soc, Anthro course.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: Any college, university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities.

Philosophy: Questions and Theories – HZT4UI
This course enables students to acquire an understanding of the nature of philosophy and philosophical reasoning skills and to develop and apply their knowledge and skills while exploring specialized branches of philosophy (the course will cover at least three of the following branches: metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, philosophy of science, social and political philosophy, aesthetics). Students will develop critical thinking and philosophical reasoning skills as they formulate and evaluate arguments related to a variety of philosophical questions and theories. They will also develop research and inquiry skills related to the study and practice of philosophy.
COURSE NOTE: eCOURSE NOTE: this course may also be offered as an eLearning course by WCDSB in Semester 1 or 2. Guidance will contact you if this becomes an option.
CREDIT: 1 TYPE: University GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITE: CGW4UI – Canadian and World Issues: A Geographic Analysis or CHA3UI – American History or CHW3MI – World History to the End of the Fifteenth Century or CHY4UI – World History since the Fifteenth Century or CIA4UI – Analyzing Current Economic Issues or CLN4UI – Canadian and International Law or ENG3CI – English or ENG3UI – English or ENG4CI – English or ENG4UI – English or ETS4UI – Studies in Literature or EWC4UI – The Writer’s Craft or HRT3MI – World Religions and Belief Traditions: Perspectives, Issues, and Challenges