Geography/History/Social Sciences

 

The 2019-20 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 has added Gr. 10 Native Studies and is also 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 11 Ancient Civilizations
  • Grade 12 World Issues
  • Grade 12 World History Since the 15th Century
  • Grade 12 Canadian and International Law
  • Grade 12 Sociology

The Department is also taking a lead role in preparations for the Remembrance Month and the Remembrance Day Assembly. We working in conjunction with all majors to put on our 5th annual Because I am a Girl show entitled “Our Feminism: A United Resistance.”  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.  Indigenous infusion is one such area for collaborative learning and exploration. Indigenous 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. Guest speakers are a common occurrence in our classrooms so if you have real-world experience in any social justice, history, or social sciences areas, please contact melissa.moorhouse@tdsb.on.ca. Additionally, Max Eisen, a Holocaust Survivor and friend to ESA, will be visiting with the Gr. 10 students in Spring 2020.

We welcome your input and suggestions. Please contact Melissa Moorhouse, ACL of Social Sciences.