Social Studies (SS) courses explore relationships among individuals in various societies and between societies. Students will 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 goal of the Alberta Social Studies program is to encourage students to take a knowledgeable and active role as citizens of Canada and the World.
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?
Social Studies Course Sequences (Each course is 5 credits)
Every student must complete a 30 level Social Studies course to satisfy graduation criteria. Students should enroll in the course level that best suits a student’s learning needs and post-secondary goals.
Social Studies 10-1, 20-1 and 30-1
These are academically rigorous courses designed for students who are interested in how society functions and in developing academic skills necessary for success in post-secondary university studies. Students will examine historical and contemporary aspects and relationships among citizenship, identity and:
- globalization in 10-1
- nationalism in 20-1
- ideologies in 30-1
Social Studies 10-2, 20-2 and 30-2
Focusing on practical skills as citizens, students will explore historical and contemporary aspects and relationships among citizenship, identity and:
- globalization in 10-2
- nationalism in 20-2
- ideologies in 30-2
Social studies 10-4 and 20-4 (K&E Knowledge and Employability)
Please see Knowledge and Employability section.
Advanced Placement – European History
More information can be found at the official Advanced Placement/College Board website
Study the cultural, economic, political, and social developments that have shaped Europe from c. 1450 to the present. You’ll analyze texts, visual sources, and other historical evidence and write essays expressing historical arguments.
There are no official Advanced Placement prerequisite courses for AP European History. However, this is an intense survey course so prospective students should not only love history and academic work but also have strong work ethic and study skills to keep up with the pace of the course. Students will need to complete Social Studies 20-1 prior to the commencement of this course.
Environmental Humanities 20, 30
It is also possible to take English Language Arts and Social Studies 20 or 30 in the multidisciplinary Energy & Environmental Innovation (EEI) program. These courses are designed to be experiential for students. They will design projects related to their own interests that help to solve sustainable development issues in their community, province, country or globe. Students will learn how to become innovative change-makers in their communities.
These courses incorporate English Language Arts and Social Studies into their various environmentally focused projects and take up two periods either in the morning or afternoon of one semester.