Geography/History/Social Sciences


The 2016-17 year is off to a strong start in the Social Science Department. In addition to our engaging required courses (Gr. 9 Geography and Gr. 10 Canadian History), the Department is home to some very popular optional senior courses, including:

  • Grade 11 American History
  • Grade 11 Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology
  • Grade 11 World Religions
  • Grade 12 World Issues
  • Grade 12 World History Since the 15th Century
  • Grade 12 Canadian and International Law
  • Grade 12 Equity and Social Justice

The Department is also taking a lead role in preparations for the Remembrance Month and the Remembrance Day Assembly and, in honour of the centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, some of our teachers are leading a trip to France and Belgium in honour of this event in April 2017. We are also preparing for the Black History Month events in February 2017.

As a Department, we are committed to diversifying our curriculum, helping students to explore leading-edge ideas and social trends through the lenses of equity and inquiry-based learning. Aboriginal infusion is one such area for collaborative learning and exploration. Aboriginal ways of knowing and testimonies of healing and reconciliation, as part of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, are playing important roles in our classrooms. As co-learners, we are working with students to understand the complexity of this legacy and its meaning for Canada.

The Social Science Department is also committed to helping students make connections between their courses and the real-world. On September 26, 2016 the Hon, Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada, visited ESA and spoke to the Gr. 10 Canadian History students. Max Eisen, a Holocaust Survivor and friend to ESA, will be visiting with the Gr. 10 students in Spring 2017.

We welcome your input and suggestions. Please contact Meredith Lordan, ACL of Social Sciences.