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Social Studies

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What your teen is learning

10-Level Courses

Social Studies 10-1 Your teen will examine how globalization affects lands, cultures, economies, human rights and quality of life for peoples all over the world. They will develop a better understanding of the positive and negative impacts of globalization, the extent to which globalization shapes our society, and the influence of globalization on citizenship and identity in Canada and abroad. Your teen will examine their connections to people in other parts of the world, and they’ll consider how their personal choices—such as which products they buy—can affect others. For more about Social Studies 10-1, refer to the program of studies.

Social Studies 10-2 Your teen will examine the history of globalization and the impact of globalization on lands, cultures, human rights and quality of life for people around the world. They will discuss the benefits and limitations of globalization while becoming aware of how it affects their identity and citizenship. Your teen will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to respond to the issues in a globalizing world. They will explore their connections to people in other parts of the world and consider how their personal choices—such as which products they buy—can affect others. For more about Social Studies 10-2, refer to the program of studies.

Knowledge and Employability Social Studies 10-4 Your teen will examine multiple perspectives on issues of globalization and effects on lands, cultures, human rights and people’s quality of life. They will understand the history of globalization and consider the influence that globalization has on their community and personal identity. Your teen will respond to issues of globalization as a responsible citizen. They may explore how their shopping choices or eating habits can impact others around the world. For more about Knowledge and Employability Social Studies 10-4, refer to the program of studies.

20-Level Courses

Social Studies 20-1 Your teen will gain a stronger understanding of what nationalism is and how it has shaped national and international relations. They will look at nationalism’s impact on their sense of personal identity, assess the merits of pursuing national and international goals, and examine the complexities of nationalism in Canada. They will examine the benefits of nationalism (e.g., unification of a people) and the drawbacks of nationalism (e.g., crimes against humanity) while developing personal responses to related issues. For more about Social Studies 20-1, refer to the program of studies.

Social Studies 20-2 Your teen will gain an understanding of what nationalism is and how it has shaped national and international relations. They will examine various historical and current examples to assess the value of pursuing national goals, to examine multiple perspectives on nationalism in Canada, and to develop personal responses to issues related to nationalism. Your teen will also explore different understandings of nation and country and the value of patriotism. For more about Social Studies 20-2, refer to the program of studies.

Knowledge and Employability Social Studies 20-4 Your teen will gain an understanding of what nationalism is, and how it has shaped national and international relations as well as people’s identity and notions of citizenship. They will explore various historical and current examples to assess the value of pursuing national goals, to examine multiple perspectives on nationalism in Canada, and to develop personal responses to issues related to nationalism. Your teen may discuss what makes a nation and whether patriotism should be encouraged. For more about Knowledge and Employability Social Studies 20-4, refer to the program of studies.

30-Level Courses

Social Studies 30-1 Your teen will examine the complexities of ideologies, using liberalism as a primary example. They will explore the impact of ideologies on actions, identity and citizenship. They will also examine how political and economic ideologies, such as liberalism, communism or fascism, are subject to debate; and they’ll assess the merits of various ideologies and points of view. For more about Social Studies 30-1, refer to the program of studies.

Social Studies 30-2 Your teen will examine how different ideologies have developed, and they’ll understand how the values of these ideologies are subject to debate. They will explore how ideologies can shape the identity of groups and individuals; and they’ll examine and assess political and economic ideologies, such as communism, fascism or liberalism, which are based on varying degrees of individualism or collectivism. For more about Social Studies 30-2, refer to the program of studies.

How your teen is assessed

Learning is assessed using a variety of tools and strategies within the classroom. Ask the teacher what methods they are using. The different assessment methods tell you, your teen and your teen’s teacher about your teen’s strengths, the areas in which they might grow and how well they are doing throughout a course. At the end of the course, your teen will be assessed and their achievement will be reported so that you know if they have achieved the expected learning outcomes for the course.

At the end of a 30-level course, your teen will write a provincial diploma examination. There are three main purposes for the diploma examination:

  • to certify the level of individual student achievement in the course
  • to ensure that province-wide standards of achievement are maintained
  • to report individual and group results.

Your teen’s final mark in a 30-level course is determined by taking 70% of the school-awarded mark and adding it to 30% of the diploma examination mark. Your teen must achieve a final mark of 50% or higher to obtain credits for the course. General information about diploma examinations and course-specific diploma examination information are available to help you and your teen.

More information regarding social studies assessment is available through Assessment: Linking Teaching and Learning.

Resources to help your teen

A variety of digital and print resources from many different sources help students learn. Alberta Education reviews and authorizes many student and teacher resources that support learning and teaching in the classroom. Additionally, teachers may select, and bring into the classroom, numerous other innovative and creative resources to create rich learning experiences for your teen. Visit LearnAlberta.ca to learn more about the resources your teen may encounter.

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