Social Studies


Social Studies 8 will be using the new B.C. curriculum. This course examines our world from the 7th Century to 1750 through the main concepts and "Big Ideas" of contact and conflict; human and environmental factors; exploration, expansion and colonization; and changing ideas about the world creating tension.  Asian, European, Middle Eastern, North American exploration will be examined alongside the effect that first contact had with indigenous communities. The geography portion of this course will emphasize the use of maps, map skills, interpretation of charts, graphs and tables and the understanding of geographic terminology.  For more information, please check out:


Social Studies 9 will be using the new B.C. curriculum.  This course examines the development of distinct cultures from 1750 to 1919.  Revolutions, imperialism and colonialism, global demographic shifts, nationalism, conflicts, and discriminatory policies will be investigated. The interaction between indigenous peoples, early settlers, and modern migrants will be discussed. Big Ideas of emerging ideas and ideologies influencing societies; the disparity in power alters the balance of relationships of individuals and society; how the physical environment influences political, social and economic change and how collective identity is constructed and can change over time. The geography portion examines the physiographic features and the geological process of Canada. For more information, please check out:

Social Studies 10 will be using the new B.C. curriculum and will examine Canada and the World from 1900 to present.  The course will focus on "Big Ideas" including: how global and regional conflicts are a powerful force in shaping our contemporary world and identities and how economic, social, ideological and geographical factors influence political institutions.  World views lead to different perspectives and ideas about developments in Canadian society and historical and contemporary injustices challenge the narrative of Canada as an inclusive and mulitcultural society.  For more information, please check out:

SOCIAL STUDIES 11 (This course is scheduled to be replaced after 2017-2018).
The theme of this course is Contemporary Canada and World Affairs. The major topics examined will be Canadian civics (Government, Law, Politics and Social Issues), 20th century Canadian history (WWI, WWII, the Cold War and Canada as a "middle power') and contemporary global issues (human geography, poverty and environmental stewardship).


Geography is the study of the physical, natural and human elements of the global environment. Students will explore the environment and engage with the five main themes of Geography: location, nature of place, relationships within places, regions and movement. Study areas are varied and will include: 1) Environments and People, 2) Physical and Biological Processes (the earth’s atmosphere, the earth’s surface, the biosphere), 3) Resources and 4) Challenges of the Future. Course work will include mapping skills, air photo interpretation, labs, assignments and field studies. 

Interview required - Students will be responsible for paying the cost of a major international field trip.
Global Perspectives 12 will be offered outside of the timetable and students will be required to submit some work online via the Richmond Virtual School.  This course is for students who are interested in helping organizations such as Amnesty International, CUSO, the Red Cross and Project Plow Shares. It is aimed at attracting students who are interested in overseas relief work in a developing country. A developing country will be selected, contacts will be made and a relief project set up before the course begins in September. In the classroom, students will be immersed in the culture of the selected country. The program is organized around three week units on geography, history, politics, economics, anthropology, archeology, religion, literature, fine arts (music, theatre, art), language and domestic studies of the selected region. In March, the class will go on a two to three week working field trip to the region. It is anticipated that culture shock will be lessened as a result of the knowledge gained in the classroom. Emphasis in this course will be placed on participation and team work and will require student self-regulation and self-discipline.


History 12 focuses attention on the world in the twentieth century. Fields of inquiry include: the legacy of the nineteenth century, the two World Wars, the turmoil of the 1920s and 1930s, the Russian Revolution, the Cold War and the rising tension in the Middle East. This course emphasizes the U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. as emerging world powers in the 20th century. Document studies and thematic essays are in integral part of the program. 

LAW 12
Law 12 is designed to give students an understanding of how the law impacts the rights and responsibilities of citizens and when the services of a lawyer may be necessary. The topics covered include Canada’s legal system, how laws are created and both criminal and civil law (including torts, family law, and contracts) and motor vehicle law.


This is the first year of the Higher Level IB History Program and the course fosters an understanding of major historical events in a global context. It requires students to make comparisons between similar and dissimilar solutions to common human situations, whether they be political, economic or social. It invites comparisons between, but not judgments of, different cultures, political systems and national traditions. The course examines the Canadian and American systems of government; Slavery in the Americas; the American Civil War; and the causes and implications of World War I. Emphasis is placed on content, critical thinking, document studies and analytical skills. 

This course is the second year of the Higher Level IB History Program and students will build upon research, document analysis and writing skills and evaluation of historical perspectives. Areas of study will include 20th century world history including the Russian Revolution, the Cold War, authoritarian states, the emergence of the USSR, USA and China as world powers, Latin America (the Spanish Conquest and the Wars of Independence) and revolutions in Argentina, Chile, Cuba and Mexico. American foreign and domestic policy in the 20th century will also be examined.   Students will be required to complete the IB internal assessment and IB History exam in Grade 12. 


As with all IB Diploma courses, this is a two year program and students may meet the course demands of either the Standard Level (SL) or the Higher Level (HL). The IB Geography course looks at human and natural environments – how they are independent and yet interrelated. Core topics include population, world development and resources. Optional themes offer a wide variety of topics including settlements, globalization, tourism, agriculture ecosystems, the processes and management of rivers, coastlines, deserts and the earth’s crust. Students will be required to complete the IB internal assessment and IB Geography exam in Grade 12.