With a focus on inquiry-based learning, the Social Studies department aims to empower students to develop a genuine desire for global stewardship and social justice. Social Studies courses will explore our personal and social histories and see how they intersect with our present cultural and social narratives. We will provide opportunities for real-world action and celebrate when students choose to take risks and act. We will work to critique the impact of colonization and hegemonic structures, both past and present, while honouring Indigenous culture and history. Exploring a variety of worldviews, we will equip students to engage in respectful discourse to help bring God’s kingdom closer to reality.

Graduation Requirements Statement

To graduate, students need to take Social Studies 10 and a Social Studies course at the Grade 11 or 12 level.

Humanities 9 (English 9 and Social Studies 9)

Humanities 9 is a double block to allow for interdisciplinary learning between Social Studies 9 and English 9.  The curriculum is integrated to better allow students to make connections between the world they are in and themselves.  They will be challenged to think critically, as they engage with a variety of texts and stories to experience collaborative learning and how to exchange ideas in meaningful ways. Students will work towards increasingly sophisticated methods of communication in order to effectively articulate ideas to achieve our purpose as writers.  Students learn how historical forces – have had an impact on the world. In particular, they will study the Industrial Revolution, the French Revolution, and modern-day revolutionary movements.  In addition, we will study the formation of Canada as a nation, the development of democracy, and persisting societal inequalities. Students will explore themes of immigration, First Nations history and culture, geography, and politics.

Social Studies 10

Prerequisite: Social Studies 9 (Part of Humanities 9)

Graduation Requirement: Social Studies 10

Description: Social Studies 10 is an essential course for students to become active, informed and responsible citizens. Throughout the year, we will investigate the complexity of defining Canada’s identity and strive to learn from the knowledge systems of Indigenous Canadians. We begin the course by delving into the study of Canadian government and Canada’s roll in the First and Second World Wars, before studying about important issues such as social equality, living standards around the globe, the Holocaust and how humans impact the environment. As we are studying these topics, we will also compare and contrast differing worldviews and perspectives so that we may not only become citizens of the world, but also Christ’s ambassadors into the world.

AP® Psychology

Prerequisite: Grade 11 or 12 Standing

Recommendation for success: Science 10 (minimum of 86%) at RCS and most recent English Language Arts course (minimum 86%) at RCS

Graduation Requirement: Elective, does not meet the Social Studies 11 or 12 graduation requirement

Description: This course is intended to prepare students to take the College Board AP Psychology exam, the successful completion of which may grant, depending on their score and post-secondary institution, a number of first year psychology credits.  It will introduce students, in a fair degree of depth, to various concepts throughout the discipline of Psychology, allowing them to better understand the behaviour and mental functioning of human beings.  Students will be expected to not only know and understand various concepts and theories associated with this area of discourse, but be able to apply their knowledge to case studies, the media, and their own education and life.  Through increasing our knowledge of the workings of the human brain, we not only appreciate more the intricacy of God’s creation, but understand how he has constructed us to respond to it and to respond to each other, furthering our ability to engage with His creation and other individuals within it in the way that He intended.

Recommendations: Students show be able to quickly and efficiently process information delivered in written form and in significant quantities.

Additional Information:

  • While the AP exam is in May, the course continues until the end of the RCS school year.
  • There is an optional AP exam in May (fees apply).
Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12

Prerequisite: Social Studies 10 and Grade 11 Standing

Graduation Requirement: Social Studies 11 or 12 and Indigenous-Focused Course Work

Description: This course will use a social justice lens to explore themes and challenges that Indigenous peoples have encountered in the face of colonialism in Canada and across the globe.  Students will use the socials studies inquiry processes and skills as they gather, interpret, and analyze ideas as well as communicate findings and decisions.  In this course, students will be exposed to and explore topics relating to identity, worldview, resilience and the importance of connection to land as well as considering what it means to engage in the reconciliation process, share truth and bring healing in Canada and around the world.

Additional Information: This course fulfills the required 4 credits to fulfill the Indigenous-Focused Graduation Requirement.

20th Century World History 12

Prerequisite: Social Studies 10 and Grade 11 Standing

Graduation Requirement: Social Studies 11 or 12

Description: The 20th century is a history of conflicting ideologies, of crisis and of destruction on a more massive scale than at any other point in history. It is also a history of hope, redemption and evidence of God’s faithfulness. This course will let you examine the 20th century history of the world, with an aim to understand the forces that shaped our place in the contemporary world and the impact of history on political, economic, and social life. The theme and impact of nationalism and the rapid development of technology will continue throughout the course. We begin the course by looking at the aftermath of the Great War and the conditions that led to the most devastating human conflict in history- World War II. Then we will examine the events of the Second World War with an emphasis on the experiences of a broad variety of countries during the war. The course continues by having student learn about the issues during the Cold War era and examine the fight for equality around the world.