Civics/Law/Political Science

Politics is about how societies are governed, how public policy is developed, and how power is distributed. Civics is a branch of politics that focuses on the rights and responsibilities associated with citizenship, the role of governments, and how people can get involved in the political process and take action on issues of civic importance. The study of civics supports students in becoming informed, engaged, and active citizens in the various communities to which they belong, whether at the local, national, or global level. 

Law is intended to ensure fairness and to promote and maintain justice in society. Legal studies focuses on how rules are created, how they evolve, and how they are enforced and adjudicated within the legal system. Through the study of law, students examine how various forces shape law, and how law shapes interactions between and among people, institutions, and governments. The study of law enables students to develop an understanding of various areas of law, the relevance of law to everyday life, and the influence of entrenched rights and responsibilities on the Canadian legal system. 

Political Science:

The 12 politics course provide opportunities for students to investigate a range of issues of political importance at the local, national, and global level. Students will explore issues related to policy making, political engagement, the distribution of power, human rights, and international relations. Students are encouraged to explore political thought, to clarify their own values and positions relating to political issues, and to explore ways in which they can contribute to political change. In the Grade 12 Politics course, students will develop their ability to apply the political inquiry process and the concepts of political thinking. Students will continue to develop ways of thinking about politics through the application of these concepts. They will also develop their ability to apply the political inquiry process as they gather, interpret, and analyse data and information relating to issues of political importance and make informed judgements and draw conclusions about them.

CHV2O: Civics and Citizenship,
Grade 10 (Open)

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.

Prerequisite: None

CLU3M: Understanding Canadian Law,
Grade 11 (University/College Preparation)

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.

Prerequisite: Canadian History since World War I, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

CPW4U: Canadian and International Politics,
Grade 12 (University Preparation)

This course explores various perspectives on issues in Canadian and world politics. Students will explore political decision making and ways in which individuals, stakeholder groups, and various institutions, including governments, multinational corporations, and non-governmental organizations, respond to and work to address domestic and international issues. Students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate issues, events, and developments of national and international political importance, and to develop and communicate informed opinions about them.

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities
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