Course Location: France. (possibly Ottawa as well based on group interest)
Course Length: 3 weeks (expedition) and approx. 30 hours pre-trip instruction.
Group Size: Maximum 10 students.
This course was designed by Pierce Cassidy as the culminating project for his MBA degree (Royal Roads, 2012). The tripartite objectives include service, language learning, and Canadian history (i.e. Canada’s role in the World Wars). The expedition itinerary includes landmarks of Canadian involvement in the wars, cities of historical and/or cultural importance, and locations with opportunities to contribute service initiatives. Students would be required to attend classes and planning sessions prior to departure at which time they would study the foundational content that will add value to the trip.
The BC Socials 11 curriculum contributes to the important goal of preparing students for their lives as Canadian citizens and members of the international community. The course is ideally suited to travel within Canada and Europe, specifically France and England, as the causes and effects of World Wars I and II figure prominently in the development of Canadian sociopolitical systems. (See pg.20 of the IRP).
Below are the five curriculum organizers (IRP pg. 12)
Skills and Processes
This organizer includes the skills and processes that students develop as they explore the issues presented in Social Studies 11. As students undertake thoughtful inquiry from a base of knowledge and values drawn from multiple perspectives, they construct new knowledge, learn how to develop and communicate reasoned arguments and convictions, and come to understand the practice of informed, deliberative, active citizenship. The prescribed learning outcomes in this organizer include:
- critical thinking skills
- research skills
- communication skills
- skills and attitudes of active citizenship.
Politics and Government
The study of politics and government builds on students’ prior understanding of government structures, preparing them with the skills, knowledge, and sense of efficacy to become informed and active citizens of Canada. This study will allow students to gain understanding of their Charter rights, political philosophies and parties, elections, and how to influence public policy.
Autonomy and International Involvement Canada has been shaped by significant historical events, both within the country and at a global level. By exploring Canada’s role in world events and examining Canada’s development as an autonomous nation, students come to understand Canada’s position and responsibilities in the international community.
Students develop understanding of the global issues that arise from the disparity in standards of living, how they affect our environment, and our response to the issues.
Society and Identity
The 20th century has seen profound change in the social fabric of Canada that has made the search for a Canadian identity a vital issue for Canadians. In examining societal issues, students gain understanding of the dynamic regional, cultural, and ethnic diversity of Canadian society. By exploring these issues, students gain understanding of the forces that both shape and reflect the Canadian identity.