Social Studies Curriculum

Imperial War Museum, London

Imperial War Museum, London


Social studies is the study of people in relation to each other and to their world. It is an issues focusedand inquiry-based interdisciplinary subject that draws upon history, geography, ecology, economics, law, philosophy, political science and other social science disciplines. Social studies fosters students' understanding of and involvement in practical and ethical issues that face their communities and humankind. Social studies is integral to the process of enabling students to develop an understanding of who they are, what they want to become and the society in which they want to live.

 Social studies provides opportunities for students to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge that will enable them to become engaged, active, informed and responsible citizens. Recognition and respect for individual and collective identity is essential in a pluralistic and democratic society. Social studies helps students develop their sense of self and community, encouraging them to affirm their place as citizens in an inclusive, democratic society.

Grade 8      Historical Worldviews Examined

8.1 From Isolation to Adaptation: Japan
8.2 Origins of a Western Worldview: Renaissance Europe
8.3 Worldviews in Conflict: The Spanish and the Aztecs

Grade 9     Canada: Opportunities and Challenges

9.1 Issues for Canadians: Governance and Rights

9.2 Issues for Canadians: Economic Systems in Canada and the United States

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