Social Studies courses explore relationships among individuals in various societies and between societies. You examine cultural, economic, ethical, legal, political and religious issues that communities face. These courses focus on understanding: who am I, what kind of society do I want, and how do I and others shape our world?

The Social Studies program at EM High provides opportunities for students to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge that will enable them to become engaged, active, informed and responsible citizens. Recognition and respect for individual and collective identity is essential in a pluralistic and democratic society. Social Studies helps students develop their sense of self and community, encouraging them to affirm their place as citizens in an inclusive, democratic society.

Components of the Social Studies program involve core concepts of citizenship and identity, Aboriginal and Francophone perspectives and experiences, diversity and cohesion, all taught in an issues infused approach to learning. Social Studies develops learners who are independent, self-motivated problem solvers and co-creators of knowledge. Students will develop research skills to prepare for the world of work, post-secondary studies, lifelong learning and citizenship in a complex world.

Students are encouraged to consult with their teachers, parents and counselors to align their choice of Social Studies program with their personal plans in order to enhance their opportunity to successfully achieve their goals. For more detailed information about the various Social Studies programs (or pathways), please consult the Course Selection Guide.


Sequence of Courses


Changing Streams: Teacher recommendations are made with great care and attention. They are based upon ensuring students have the necessary foundation in place to achieve success in their registered course. Changes to this process can only be achieved through the following steps:

  • Consultation with the subject teacher, Teacher Advisor, and/or Student Services. 
  • Teacher calls the parent 
  • Change Form signed if parent is in agreement. 
  • Department Learning Leader approval & signature, prior to any changes made.

The program content reflects the vast scope of the disciplines of history, geography, economics and social sciences at levels consistent with the maturity of the students.  In order to accommodate students with a wide range of abilities, needs, interests and aspirations, two sequences for the Senior High School Social Studies Program have been developed.

  • Social Studies 10-1, 20-1 and 30-1 is designed for those students who are seeking a high school diploma and who will pursue post-secondary studies at the college and/or university level. 
  • Social Studies 10-2, 20-2 and 30-2 is of interest to those students who are pursuing a high school diploma including those going into post secondary studies at  colleges and/or trade schools, and those entering the work force.

Changes to entrance requirements mean that some post-secondary programs do not accept Social Studies 30-2.  Students should check admission requirements.

Although the content, skills and attitudes are similar for both sequences, the expectations for Social Studies 10-1, 20-1, 30-1 are far more challenging, particularly in the depth of concept development, the level of critical and creative thinking, and inquiry skill development.  The nature of the student learning resources that are approved for each sequence also differ to accommodate depth and breadth of course content as well as an increasing sophistication of reading level.


Advanced Placement®

European History

This exciting course allows students the opportunity to explore the history of Europe in great depth. Students will examine the cultural, diplomatic, economic, intellectual, political and social history of Europe from 1450 to the present. There will also be a focus on how this history relates to today’s world. Topics include the Renaissance, the French Revolution, the Enlightenment, the World Wars, and many more. Skills including historical interpretation, research and document analysis will be incorporated. Students will improve their critical thinking skills and broaden their perspective on the world. Students will demonstrate their knowledge with both multiple choice and written response questions on the AP exam in May.

Social Studies

Social Studies courses explore relationships among individuals in various societies and between societies. You examine cultural, economic, ethical, legal, political and religious issues that communities face. These courses focus on understanding: who am I, what kind of society do I want, and how do I and others shape our world?

The Social Studies program at EM High provides opportunities for students to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge that will enable them to become engaged, active, informed and responsible citizens. Recognition and respect for individual and collective identity is essential in a pluralistic and democratic society. Social Studies helps students develop their sense of self and community, encouraging them to affirm their place as citizens in an inclusive, democratic society.

Components of the Social Studies program involve core concepts of citizenship and identity, Aboriginal and Francophone perspectives and experiences, diversity and cohesion, all taught in an issues infused approach to learning. Social Studies develops learners who are independent, self-motivated problem solvers and co-creators of knowledge. Students will develop research skills to prepare for the world of work, post-secondary studies, lifelong learning and citizenship in a complex world.

Students are encouraged to consult with their teachers, parents and counselors to align their choice of Social Studies program with their personal plans in order to enhance their opportunity to successfully achieve their goals. For more detailed information about the various Social Studies programs (or pathways), please consult the Course Selection Guide.


Sequence of Courses


Changing Streams: Teacher recommendations are made with great care and attention. They are based upon ensuring students have the necessary foundation in place to achieve success in their registered course. Changes to this process can only be achieved through the following steps:

  • Consultation with the subject teacher, Teacher Advisor, and/or Student Services. 
  • Teacher calls the parent 
  • Change Form signed if parent is in agreement. 
  • Department Learning Leader approval & signature, prior to any changes made.

The program content reflects the vast scope of the disciplines of history, geography, economics and social sciences at levels consistent with the maturity of the students.  In order to accommodate students with a wide range of abilities, needs, interests and aspirations, two sequences for the Senior High School Social Studies Program have been developed.

  • Social Studies 10-1, 20-1 and 30-1 is designed for those students who are seeking a high school diploma and who will pursue post-secondary studies at the college and/or university level. 
  • Social Studies 10-2, 20-2 and 30-2 is of interest to those students who are pursuing a high school diploma including those going into post secondary studies at  colleges and/or trade schools, and those entering the work force.

Changes to entrance requirements mean that some post-secondary programs do not accept Social Studies 30-2.  Students should check admission requirements.

Although the content, skills and attitudes are similar for both sequences, the expectations for Social Studies 10-1, 20-1, 30-1 are far more challenging, particularly in the depth of concept development, the level of critical and creative thinking, and inquiry skill development.  The nature of the student learning resources that are approved for each sequence also differ to accommodate depth and breadth of course content as well as an increasing sophistication of reading level.


Advanced Placement®

European History

This exciting course allows students the opportunity to explore the history of Europe in great depth. Students will examine the cultural, diplomatic, economic, intellectual, political and social history of Europe from 1450 to the present. There will also be a focus on how this history relates to today’s world. Topics include the Renaissance, the French Revolution, the Enlightenment, the World Wars, and many more. Skills including historical interpretation, research and document analysis will be incorporated. Students will improve their critical thinking skills and broaden their perspective on the world. Students will demonstrate their knowledge with both multiple choice and written response questions on the AP exam in May.

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Learn more about what students and families can expect to hear from their schools next week. Classes are cancelled and students will not be returning to their schools, but learning is ongoing. https://t.co/2k2t0CUwTV #wearecbe

Yesterday we sent a message to all Gr. 10, 11 and 12 families about diploma exams. Diploma exams are cancelled, but under special circumstances, students can request to write a diploma exam. For more info, see info on our website https://t.co/Vt8kke9SuE

All city and school playgrounds are closed effective immediately to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. City parks remain open. Let’s all work together to protect the public’s health. #WeAreCBE

CBE Spring Break runs Mar. 23 – 27 for Traditional Calendar Schools, until Apr. 3 for Modified Calendar Schools. CBE Schools are closed during this time. Students and Staff, enjoy your time off, be safe and take care of yourselves. #WeAreCBE

An important parent message and video regarding continuation of learning for students was posted today. https://t.co/LBNFIPhl7L

Looking for interim educational ideas for your K-9 student? Check out CBE’s Learning at Home page for a variety of resources to support literacy, numeracy and wellness at home. #weareCBE https://t.co/xI2CiDs0WR

This afternoon CBE leaders provided media with information about the cancellation of classes and the CBE's response to #COVID19 We will continue to post updated information about how we will support students, staff and families on our website. https://t.co/NFssyWySZQ https://t.co/gFeKweY8bC