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Welcome to Social Studies at Brookswood Secondary!

To graduate, students are required to take Social Studies 10 or Sciences Humaines 10 (4 credits) as well Social Studies 11 or First Nations 12 (4 credits).  We offer a variety of courses that are both a part of the regular graduation program, our french immersion program, and a selection of senior electives.


Social Studies 9 (SS 9)
Social Studies 9 explores the growth of nations. Units covered in this course include:
• Geography: knowledge; skills; finding information
• North America: geographic setting; early European settlement; New France; British North America to 1815
• Nation building and social order: development of democratic concepts, growth of nationalism
• Industrialization: Industrial Revolution in Europe and North America; social effects; empire building; modern day industrialization
• Current events: developments; relevant studies

Social Studies 10 (SS 10)
This first course in Canadian history and geography covers:
• Confederation: responsible government; events leading to Confederation
• Development of the West to 1914: geographic setting; opening of the West; Western Canada and
• Economic activities: overview of Canada; relationship with the USA; B.C. activities
• Canada and the Pacific Region and the Indian Subcontinent: geographic setting; the Pacific Region
and the Indian Subcontinent
• Current events: developments; relevant studies

Social Studies 11 (SS 11)
This is the second course in Canadian history and geography and covers:
• Government, law, politics, social issues: selected political systems; Canadian parliamentary system;
Canadian electoral system; Canadian constitution; Canadian legal system
• Contemporary Canada: Canadian society; Canada and the world
• Global environment: social and economic perspectives; the global village; population and development; resources; urbanization; industrialization
• Current Events: developments; field studies
• Extension activities
Provincial examination is mandatory.
Law 12 (LAW 12)
“Every Canadian citizen should know the rights and responsibilities under the Law.”
This exciting course gives you a valuable introduction to Canadian law.
Core topics include:
• Origins of our laws: where our laws come from
• Civil and Human Rights: protecting our rights to free speech, choice and equality; fighting
discrimination and racism.
• Criminal Law: forensic science (ballistics, entomology, DNA, fibre samples); arrest, bail, trial,
sentencing, appeal, punishments and parole
• Tort Law: manufacturer’s liability for faulty products
• Contract Law: purchasing a car, returning goods, buying insurance
• Employment Rights: wages, breaks, overtime, call outs, holiday pay
• Tenants Rights: lease, damage deposits, maintenance, eviction
• Motor Vehicle Law: traffic violations, N new driving rules, negligence, impaired driving
Highlights include:
• visits by legal professionals (police officers, lawyers and judges)
• field trips to the Supreme Courts in Vancouver and the Vancouver Police Museum and Forensic Lab

This course is open to students in grade 11 or 12. Students wishing to take this course while in grade 11 must have earned a B average in Social Studies 10. In September, 2012, Law 12 will be accepted by both UBC and UVIC as an academic 12 course for university entrance.Page | 66

Geography 12 (GEO 12)-not offered every year
Open to Grade 10, 11 and 12 students
Geography is the study of the relationship between the physical and biological components of earth. Knowledge gained from previous Science and Social Studies courses is utilized as students make sense of the intricate network of forces and processes that define our planet.

Students learn about the ways in which the earth’s surface is formed and how the planet is in a constant state of transformation. From the starting point, students are introduced to the rest of a delicately balanced web of processes within the realms of atmosphere and biosphere. Finally, the place of humanity in this web is considered in terms of our utilization of resources and impact on the planet. The main goal of this course is to equip students with the knowledge to see our world as a product of many integrated and dynamic processes in which our activities are both influence and influential. It is hoped that the knowledge gained from this course will provide a basis for intelligent decision making—both on a personal level, and as a citizen faced with important social,
political, economic and environmental issues.

Why might Vancouver expect a mega-thrust earthquake within the next 200 years? How can melting ice caps trigger massive climatic changes? How to hurricanes form and why do we rarely get them in Canada? Why is there a sudden loss of 75% of Earth’s species above the thin KT boundary in the fossil record? What formed Mount Baker and Golden Ear’s park? How did those clam shells and boulders get in my back yard? What does Easter Island have in common with our entire planet? Where did our planet come from? These are but a few of the topics explored in Geography 12.

History 12 (HI 12)
The twentieth century has been one of tremendous change socially, politically and economically. The aim of this course is to provide students with knowledge, skills and processes to understand how events, trends, technology and personalities have shaped their world.  Core topics include: World War I, the Russian Revolutions and Stalinist Russia, the United States in the Roaring Twenties and Dirty Thirties, the rise of the totalitarian states in Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany, World
War II, the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Also, we study more current events such as the end of apartheid, the feminist movement and the European Common Market. It is hoped that students will develop a global view of the world, and a sense of their importance as concerned individuals in a democratic society. A variety of activities will be used including viewing films, role-playing, writing diaries, essays and news articles, analyzing and creating political cartoons, decision-making and s on. The time period studied is 1900-1991 and will include a focus on the Middle East, South Africa and China.

Comparative Civilization 12 (CCN 12)
This course provides students with a range of experiences, skills and knowledge to understand a variety of civilizations and their contributions to the human experience. Core civilizations studied include Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, Asian and Aztec. Also, we will examine Europe in the Renaissance and the Islamic World. An emphasis will be placed on exploring each culture’s values and artistic expressions. Opportunities to research Individuals will be provided as well as opportunities to research alternative civilizations. Throughout, we will make connections to our own civilization.

Global Education 12 (BAA Course) (YGBE 12)
This course is designed to develop awareness of current global issued and to explore solutions to some of the problems facing the world. The social, economic and political bases of international issues will be developed, so that students will become well versed in the topics we address. Major issues such as child soldiers, refugees, hunger, genderinequality, political prisoners, ethnic cleansing and Aids in Africa are the kids of social and political problems we can explore as well as environmental ones such as deforestation, global warming and overpopulation. The focus will always be the human element for every topic. In addition, a study of relief organizations and grassroots movements will expose students to a variety of perspectives in order to address world problems. This is an action-oriented course, so participants will work on projects that show a commitment to global mindedness. If you want to make a difference both in your local and world communities, this may be
the course for you. Though this is a grade 12 credit, it is open to students in grades 10, 11 and 12.

First Nations 12 (FNS 12)
This course focusses on the richness and diversity of British Columbia’s First Nations’ cultures. It integrates the study of the past, present and the future as it relates to the values, beliefs and traditions of the First Nations’ cultures in B.C. With the new provincial examination, the course strongly emphasizes both knowledge of content, and analytical ability. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in First Nations’ culture through various presentations. This course is like no other.
Mandatory Provincial exam is worth 20 percent; school grade is worth 80%.

Brookswood Secondary School

20902 - 37A Avenue, Langley
BC, V3A 5N2
Phone: 604-530-2141
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