Social Studies Department Course Outlines

The course descriptions found at the link below reflect the new provincial curriculum.  Our department has fully implemented the new Social Studies 8 and 9 course curricula.   Next year, 2017-18, we will be phasing in the new Social Studies 10 curricula.  This is the first year of the new Graduation Program.  Students going into grade 11 this fall must complete the Social Studies 11 curricula in order to meet the current Graduation requirements.
If you have any questions please contact Mr. Lintott, Social Studies Department Head at:

Socials Studies 8

Students will spend their first year at Moscrop exploring the creation and fall of Civilizations throughout the World! Students will look at the development of civilizations from the 7th century to 1750. They will also compare the development of the Western World with the development of many other Civilizations including China, Japan and the Arab World. Students will learn organizational skills, writing skills, primary and secondary source analysis, social responsibility, note taking and interpersonal skills –developed through group projects and engaging activities.

Socials Studies 9

Grade 9 Social Studies will now cover the period from 1750 to 1919. The new course will explore big themes such as conflict, political, social and technological revolution, nationalism, colonialism and imperialism and the impact of these forces on indigenous people in Canada and around the world. This course will expose the problem of racism and discrimination and also explore the demographic changes and migration patterns of people throughout this period.


Socials Studies 10

We are transitioning to the new curriculum this fall.  This course will explore the following big ideas: 1) Global and regional conflicts have been a powerful force in shaping our contemporary world and identities.  2) The development of political institutions is influenced by economic, social, ideological, and geographic factors. 3) Worldviews lead to different perspectives and ideas about developments in Canadian society.  4) Historical and contemporary injustices challenge the narrative and identity of Canada as an inclusive, multicultural society

Socials Studies 11

This is the last year this course will be offered. Students will focus on Canadian government, our Charter, history of the 20th century and human geography. Students will examine Canada’s role in WWI, the Depression, WWII, the Cold War, and thematic topics covering First Nations, immigration, the women’s movement and Can/US relations. The geography component examines the issues of poverty, resource management, trends in demographics, as well as environmental problems.

Psychology 11

Psychology 11 is an activity-based, introductory survey course.  Psychology 11 has been developed to foster curiosity about the causes of human behavior.  Its focus will be based on student’s prior knowledge of Psychology and misconceptions in the mainstream media.  Psychology 11 reflects two basic approaches: an emphasis on personal insight with a minor emphasis on the scientific basis.    This course promotes critical thinking in group/individual activities, discussions, hands-on experiments, writing, reading and researching.

Psychology 12

Psychology 12 is a course on human behavior and basic concepts in modern psychology.  This course covers the five major psychological domains: Methods, Biopsychological, Cognitive Dissonance, Developmental, and Socio-cultural domains in depth.  This course is recommended for those students who have an interest in a comprehensive study of the breadth and depth of Psychology and may wish to pursue it further at a post secondary institution. This course focuses on developing student skills such as critical thinking, essay writing, research and experimental methods, academic reading, and oral presentation skills.

AP Psychology

This course will introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes of human beings and animals. Students will be exposed to psychological facts, principals, and phenomenon associated with each of the sub fields in psychology. Students should be fully aware of the heavy content of this course and the academic challenge. This course offers students the choice in writing the optional AP Exam in May.

AP European History 12  (Offered 2018-2019)

Would you like to explore the cultural, economic, political and social forces that have shaped Europe since 1450? You will learn to research the past exploring historical evidence, such as paintings, photographs, letters, documents and cartoons. You will study the ideas and people who have shaped European society. Students will weigh historical evidence and write analytical and interpretive essays exploring the themes of European history. Students will be expected to share their ideas in class discussion and develop critical thinking skills. If you love history, art, philosophy, reading and discussion then this is the course for you! This course is useful for students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and careers in international and/or domestic law, business, education or government

Philosophy 12

Philosophy is a discipline that examines the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence.  This course will examine epistemological theories about knowledge and truth, theories of justice and freedom and theories of morality and ethics.  Examining questions in philosophy allows people to question their assumptions and better understand their own beliefs.  You will learn to think in new and meaningful ways

Law 12

This course will give you everything you need to know about the Canadian Legal system with a hint of comparison to the American system. This class focuses on statute and case law, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Criminal and Civil law. Students will need to be aware of current events and follow cases as they are happening. This is an academic elective with profound focus on debate, discussion, reading and writing.

History 12  (Offered 2017-2018)

If you are curious about war and peace in the 20th Century then this is the course for you. It is a study of the 20th century world history – from 1919 to 1991 – with an examination of components that have profoundly affected our civilization and way of life. Topics include WWII, the Cold War, Revolution, Superpower economics, the collapse of the Soviet Union and understanding the problems of the Middle East.

Geography 12

This social science course will teach you to understand the awe-inspiring diversity found on our planet. Students will look at how humans and our planet interact Students will study the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere and discover their interconnections. Students will learn with hands-on field experiences for Geography is the foundation of all sciences and offers a good balance of practical skills and academic challenge

AP Human Geography

This is an exciting course for students to study Human Geography at a post secondary level. This course is challenging, valuable, and provides an opportunity to develop reading, writing, researching and discussion skills. The purpose of this course is to introduce the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped understanding, use and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ concepts and analysis to examine social organization and its consequences. They also learn about methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. Our study of geography will apply a holistic perspective in examining patterns, places and landscapes, while we find our place in the world around us

Social Justice 12

This course will develop students’ ethical and philosophical reasoning skills by exploring issues of injustice in a local and global context. Students will examine inequality and injustice based on various social factors, while investigating cause(s) and consequence(s) of injustice. Students will work to invoke change to become ethical and socially responsible global citizens. Topics include: animal rights, media, consumerism, propaganda, child labour, homophobia, women’s rights, racism, global issues, environmentalism and social justice “heroes”.

BC First Nations Studies

This unique course focuses on the diversity, depth and integrity of the cultures of BC’s Aboriginal peoples. BC First Nations Studies documents the history and cultures of First Nations and Métis people in BC from before the arrival of the Europeans to the present. Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of First Nations’ traditions, history, and present realities, as well as a chance to consider future challenges and opportunities.

Social Studies Honours Portfolio Program

Are you interested in making connections between the world around you and the concepts you’re learning in Social Studies? Do you want to develop critical thinking skills and foster global citizenship? Are you looking for ways to make a difference in your local and global community? If you’ve said yes to any of these questions then the Social Studies Honours Portfolio may be just what you are looking for.

The Moscrop Secondary School Socials Studies Department seeks to offer a variety of learning opportunities to meet your needs and interests at all grade levels and in all classes. This coming year, we are changing the delivery of our Honours program. We have adopted a more inclusive model for those students who wish to receive Moscrop’s Honours Diploma. In the first two weeks of the school year, you will have the opportunity to choose whether you will undertake this Honours program and create your own Honours Portfolio. Any student enrolled in a Socials Studies class, grade 8 through 11, or a Senior Socials Studies Elective can take part in this program. The program is intended to prepare you for the 21st Century by equipping you for success in any future endeavor. Details of the program will be discussed with all students in September when the new school year begins.

Are you up for the challenge?

 Language Adapted Courses

Language Adapted Social Studies courses are for those students who graduated from ESL Level , but need extra language support. The emphasis in Language Adapted SS courses is on acquiring language skills and understanding the core content in Social Studies.

Social Studies Language Adapted 8

Students will cover the core curriculum of Social Studies 8 with adaptations to support and enhance their learning.

Social Studies Language Adapted 9

Students will cover the core curriculum of Social Studies 9 with adaptations to support and enhance their learning.

Social Studies Language Adapted 10

Language Adapted Socials Studies 10 will prepare ESL students to meet the Grade 10 graduation requirement for Social studies and they will develop the necessary academic language skills. The emphasis in this course is placed equally on acquiring academic language skills and developing an understanding of designated core content in Social Studies.