Identity, Culture, and Community
Students will explore concepts of identity, culture, and community in relation to individuals, societies, and nations.
Many factors influence identity and life in communities, including culture, language, history, and shared beliefs and values. Identity is subject to time and place, and is shaped by a multiplicity of personal, social, and economic factors. A critical consideration of identity, culture, and community provides students with opportunities to explore the symbols and expressions of their own and others’ cultural and social groups. Through a study of the ways in which people live together and express themselves in communities, societies, and nations, students enhance their understanding of diverse perspectives and develop their competencies as social beings. This process enables them to reflect upon their roles as individuals and citizens so as to become contributing members of their groups and communities. The specific learning outcomes within Identity, Culture, and Community include concepts such as human interaction and interdependence, cultural diversity, national identities, and pluralism.
- Alcohol Myths
- Alcohol on the Web
- Don’t Drink and Drive: Assessing the Effectiveness of Anti-Drinking Campaigns - Lesson
- Gender and Tobacco
- Gender Messages in Alcohol Advertising
- Kellogg Special K Ads
- Marketing to Teens: Gender Roles in Advertising
- Marketing to Teens: Gotta Have It! Designer & Brand Names
- Selling Obesity
- News Journalism Across the Media: Introduction
- Comparing Crime Dramas
- Crime in the News
- Perceptions of Youth and Crime
- Viewing a Crime Drama
- Individuality vs. Conformity
- Exposing Gender Stereotypes
- Learning Gender Stereotypes
- The Impact of Gender Stereotypes
- TV Dads: Immature and Irresponsible? - Lesson
- Thinking About Hate
- Violence on Film: The Ratings Game
- Popular Music and Music Videos
- The Function of Music
- Defining Popular Culture
- Sports Personalities in Magazine Advertising
- Images of Learning: Secondary
- The Front Page
Students will explore how people, events, and ideas of the past shape the present and influence the future.
The past shapes who we are. An exploration of Canadian and world history enables students to acquire knowledge and appreciation of the past, to understand the present, and to live with regard for the future. An important aspect of this process is the disciplined investigation and interpretation of history. Students learn to think historically as they explore people, events, ideas, and evidence of the past. As they reflect upon diverse perspectives, personal narratives, parallel accounts, and oral and social histories, students develop the historical understanding that provides a foundation for active democratic citizenship. The specific learning outcomes within Historical Connections enable students to develop an interest in the past, and focus on chronological thinking, historical understanding, and concepts such as progress, decline, continuity, and change.
Students will explore the global interdependence of people, communities, societies, nations, and environments.
People, communities, societies, nations, and environments are interdependent. An exploration of this interdependence enhances students’ global consciousness and helps them develop empathy with respect to the human condition. Students critically consider diverse perspectives as they examine the connections that link local, national, and global communities. Consideration of global connections enables students to expand their knowledge of the world in which they live and to engage in active democratic citizenship. The specific learning outcomes within Global Interdependence focus on human rights and responsibilities, diversity and commonality, quality of life and equity, globalization, international cooperation and conflict, and global environmental concerns.
Power and Authority
Students will explore the processes and structures of power and authority, and their implications for individuals, relationships, communities, and nations.
Power and authority influence all human relationships. Students critically examine the distribution, exercise, and implications of power and authority in everyday life and in formal settings. They consider diverse forms of governance and leadership, and inquire into issues of fairness and equity. This exploration helps students develop a sense of personal empowerment as active democratic citizens. The specific learning outcomes within Power and Authority include concepts such as political structures and decision making, governance, justice, rules and laws, conflict and conflict resolution, and war and peace.
Economics and Resources
Students will explore the distribution of resources and wealth in relation to individuals, communities, and nations.
The management and distribution of resources and wealth have a direct impact on human societies and quality of life. Students explore the effects of economic interdependence on individuals, communities, and nations in the global context. They examine economic factors that affect decision making, the use of resources, and the development of technologies. As students explore diverse perspectives regarding human needs, wants, and quality of life, they critically consider the social and environmental implications of the distribution of resources and technologies, locally, nationally, and globally. The specific learning outcomes within Economics and Resources include concepts such as trade, commerce, and industry, access to resources, economic disparities, economic systems, and globalization.