Social Sciences


Scripture shows a picture of humans in relationship: to God ultimately, and to self, to fellow humans and to created reality. The social sciences take this theme as central, and analyse and interpret actual and normative practices and ideals. Central to the social sciences particularly (and some other programs perhaps more peripherally), is the concept that basic to culture-forming activities and institutions, is the heart-response to God. The program proceeds from the foundational facts of creation-fall-redemption-response.

Parenting and Family Life: Grade 11, Open HPC3O

NOTE: This course is offered on an alternate year basis.
Our families are a key God-given pillar of human society, Here, we can learn love, openness and compassion. This course emphasizes the skills and knowledge needed to promote the positive and healthy Christian nurture of these families and children, with some emphasis on the critical importance of the early years of children’s development. Student learning will include how to meet the developmental needs of young children; effective communication and discipline; guiding early behaviour, and practical experiences with infants, toddlers, and pre-school children. Concrete situations from everyday life will serve as a context for this learning. The course also concerns every other phase of family life, from the pre-school children, through developing and understanding positive relationships at the adolescent, teen-age, adult and senior ages.

Individuals and Families in a Diverse Society Grade 12 University/College Prep HHS4M

NOTE: This course is offered on an alternate year basis.
This course enables students to draw on sociological, psychological, and anthropological theories and research to analyse the development of individuals, intimate relationships, and family and parent-child relationships. Students will focus on issues and challenges facing individuals and families in Canada’s diverse society. They will develop analytical tools that enable them to assess various factors affecting families and to consider policies and practices intended to support families in Canada. They will develop the investigative skills required to conduct and communicate the results of research on individuals, intimate relationships, and parent-child relationships.
Prerequisite: Any college or university/college course in social sciences, humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies.

Challenge and Change in Society, Grade 12 University Preparation HSB4U

NOTE: This course is offered on an alternate year basis.
This course focuses on the use of social science theories, perspectives, and methodologies to investigate and explain shifts in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour and their impact on society. Students will critically analyse how and why cultural, social, and behavioural patterns change over time. They will explore the ideas of social theorists and use those ideas to analyse causes of and responses to challenges such as technological change, deviance, and global inequalities. Students will explore ways in which social science research methods can used to study social change.
Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies.

World Religions HRF3O

This course enables students to study world religions and belief traditions in local, Canadian, and global contexts. Students will explore aspects of the human quest for meaning and will examine world religions and belief traditions as exemplified in various sacred teachings and principles, rites, and passages. They will also study the interaction throughout history between society and various belief traditions, and will have opportunities to develop research and inquiry skills related to the study of world religions and belief traditions. It explores the major religions of the world, including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Secularism, together with the various branches of Christianity and, its cultic or sectarian offshoots.
Prerequisite: None

Biblical Studies: Grade 9 HRE13

This half credit course examines the Old Testament from the account of Creation through the fall of Israel and Judah and the beginning of the Exile. Important themes that are traced include the lines of obedience and disobedience, concepts of covenants and choices, and the tools of separation and community that God uses in dealing with humanity. Students will be challenged to internalize the messages and apply them in their own lives through classroom techniques and in the writing of a journal.

Biblical Studies: Grade 11 HRE33

This course is the study of Apologetics – the ability to practically apply our faith in the midst of disbelief and intolerance. Through the study essays, articles, questions, active and open discussions and Biblical support, we will examine apologetics and become familiar with thinking deeply regarding our faith and its application and implications in our lives. The course will also include a study of Ethics, a look at relevant and current issues as well as discuss and debate appropriate the Biblical response to each. The emphasis will be on engaging culture and discovering how to be “in the world but not of it.” The course uses a study of personal and cultural bias, and discover the importance of “knowing ourselves” in order to be more effective in our ministering to others. Student will learn effective tools for understanding, studying, and applying God’s Word and how to better relate to the world at large in a Biblical, Godly fashion.