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?


Three Program routes are offered in Social Studies

Western Canada High School offers a diverse Social Studies program in both French and English. Students should choose the program best suited to their educational/career path. 

Social Studies 10-1, 20-1, 30-1

These courses are intended for students whose career/educational paths require post-secondary entrance. This program is offered in both the French and English language.

IB Route: Social Studies 10 Cohort IB, 20IB, 30IB, 35IB

These courses are intended for students whose career/educational paths require post- secondary entrance and who wish to challenge themselves beyond the expectations of the regular Alberta Program of Studies. Students should have a passion for the study of history. These courses are offered in both the French and English languages. A mark of over 80% is recommended to remain in this program. Courses require extensive reading. Strong literacy skills are required.

Social Studies 10-2, 20-2, 30-2

These courses are accepted by some post-secondary institutions for particular program entrance requirements. They are intended for students whose career/ educational paths do not require the higher level program or who have experienced difficulty with Social Studies. Students who receive less than 3 in Soc 9 and students who receive less than 60% in
Soc 10-1 or Soc 20-1 are strongly encouraged to commit to this program to meet with success.

Social Science Complementary Courses

Please visit our Social Sciences page under Complementary Courses.

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