Political Studies 12

Curricular Competencies

Students are expected to be able to do the following:

  • Use Social Studies inquiry processes and skills to ask questions; gather, interpret, and analyze ideas; and communicate findings and decisions
  • Assess the justification for competing accounts after investigating points of contention, reliability of sources, and adequacy of evidence, including data (evidence)
  • Compare and contrast continuities and changes for different groups and individuals at different times and places (continuity and change)
  • Explain different perspectives on past and present people, places, issues, and events, and distinguish between worldviews of the past or present (perspective)
  • Make reasoned ethical judgments about controversial actions in the past or present after considering the context and standards of right and wrong (ethical judgment)

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Students are expected to know the following:

  • structure and function of Canadian and First Peoples political institutions
  • major ideologies and political systems
  • election processes and electoral systems
  • methods used by media, governments, or political groups to influence public opinion
  • political power in democratic and non-democratic societies
  • current and future public policy
  • scope and characteristics of the international system
  • issues in local, regional, national, and international politics

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