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Social Studies

Here you will find important information regarding the Social Studies courses offered here at Langley Secondary.


The Social Studies department has a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Please feel free to contact any member of the department for additional information on a course.

  • Department Head:  Mr. Fiset – jfiset@sd35.bc.ca
  • Mr. Michaux – jmichaux@sd35.bc.ca
  • Mr. Abbot – sabbot@sd35.bc.ca
  • Ms. Barberis – cbarberis@sd35.bc.ca
  • Mr. Bannister –  tbannister@sd35.bc.ca
  • Mr. Howlett – jhowlett@sd35.bc.ca


Social Studies 9

Students will study New France and the history and geography of British North America to 1815.

They will also learn about the growth of democracy in Europe, major revolutions, including the Industrial Revolution and the results of Imperialism.

Throughout the year students will be encouraged to make connections to contemporary issues and events.


Social Studies 10

This course will focus on the historical, political, social and economic development of Canada from 1815 – 1914.

Topics include:

  • War of 1812
  • Rebellions of 1837
  • Confederation and the creation of the Canadian nation
  • The settlement, economic development and distinctive features of Western Canada
  • The Pacific orientation of Western Canada due to immigration and trade

Throughout the year, students will be encouraged to make connections to contemporary issues and events.


At the Grade 11 level, students have the option of three courses.  All students are required to earn credit for a grade 11 Social Studies course.


Social Studies 11

Social Studies 11 consists of three major components: History, Geography, and Government.

  • SKILLS AND PROCESSES: The prescribed learning outcomes (PLOs) in Skills and Processes emphasize the skills and processes required for the critical study of Social Studies 11. The PLOs are interconnected rather than discrete and are examined through integration with other content.
  • GEOGRAPHY: This topic deals with economic and environmental issues such as economic activity, developed and developing nations, standards of living, demography, urban growth, resource issues, sustainable development and key environmental issues facing the global society.
  • HISTORY: This topic deals with social, cultural, political and economic issues in the evolutionary development of Canada from 1914–2000. World War One, the 1920s and 1930s, World War Two, and post-war Canada from both a domestic and international perspective are included under this topic.
  • GOVERNMENT: This topic deals with political and legal issues related to the structure and function of Canada’s three levels of government, political parties and their ideologies, and the political process. The Canadian Constitution, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, federal, provincial and municipal law, human rights legislation and the implications of the Indian Act are included under this topic.

Social Studies 11 requires students to write a Graduation Program Exam worth 20% of their final grade.

Civic Studies 11

The aim of Civic Studies 11 is to enhance students’ abilities and willingness to participate actively and responsibly in civic life. Civic Studies 11 offers opportunities for students to deliberate individually and with others on civic matters – local to global – for the purpose of becoming informed decision makers and empowered in civic action.

This course is taught mainly from a political science perspective, with less emphasis on Canadian history than Social Studies 11. However, students will study some major historical events such as Canada’s participation in twentieth century wars and the Great Depression as a basis for understanding current Canadian foreign, defense and economic policies.

Students choosing Civic Studies 11 should be willing to participate actively in class discussions and debates, and to work independently on an Active Citizenship project. More information on this new course is available from the Social Studies department.

This course may be taken as an alternative to Social Studies 11.

Civic Studies 11 requires students to write a Graduation Program Exam worth 20% of their final grade.


BC First Nations Studies 12

BC First Nations Studies 12 focusses on thediversity, depth, and integrity of the culturesof British Columbia’s Aboriginal peoples.

In emphasizing the languages, cultures, and historyof First Nations peoples, the course addresses an important part of the history of British Columbia.

Designed to introduce authentic Aboriginal contentinto the senior secondary curriculum withthesupport of Aboriginal peoples, the course provides an opportunity for

BC students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the traditions,history, and present realities of BC Aboriginal peoples, as well as a chance to consider future challenges andopportunities.

This course may be taken as an alternative to Social Studies 11.

BC First Nations Studies 12 requires students to write a Graduation Program Exam worth 20% of their final grade.


Grade 12 Social Studies

Elective Courses

At the grade 12 level, students have a number of Social Studies courses to choose from.

History 12

History 12 is a world history course covering the time period 1919 – 1991. Topics will include geopolitical, social, economic, technological and ideological developments under the following themes:

  • The World of 1919.
  • Promise and Collapse: 1919 to 1933.
  • Turmoil and Tragedy: 1933 to 1945.
  • Transformation and Tension: 1945 to 1963.
  • Progress and Uncertainty: 1963 to 1991.

Specific topics include the following:

  • Single party states in Nazi Germany, Italy, and the Soviet Union.
  • World War II.
  • The Cold War (including the nuclear arms race and Korean and Vietnam conflicts).
  • Civil Rights movements in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Geography 12

Once you take this course, you will never view planet earth the same–as it provides a general account of the physical earth and the relationship humans have with it. This course analyses the physical properties of the four spheres:

  1. lithosphere (solid)
  2. atmosphere (gases)
  3. hydropshere (water)
  4. biosphere (living)

As well, emphasis will be placed on understanding the human-physical interaction of these properties and fostering a sense of stewardship for our planet (sustainablity, resource management, and global citizenship).

Topics Include:

Plate Tectonics Soils & Biomes
Weather & Climate Humid & Arid Landscapes
Processes of Gradation All Things Water
Mapping & Aerial Photography Resources, Sustainability & Global Issues.

Law 12

This course deals with the origins of law, specifically in Canada, the functions of law, criminal and civil law, court system, family law, youth and the law, law of contracts, etc. In all units actual cases are studied and students are asked to decide the points of law and apply these to the cases in question. Field trips are made to the Provincial court and/or the Supreme Court. Guest lecturers are invited into the classroom.

This course is not considered as one of the academic entrance courses for university.

Social Justice 12

The aim of Social Justice 12 is to raise students’ awareness of social injustice, to encourage them to analyze situations from a social justice perspective, and to provide them with the knowledge, skills, and an ethical framework to advocate for a socially just world.

A progressive, democratic country values inherent differences in its society and the creation of a caring and fair community. This course encourages students to believe  that the pursuit of social justice is an important responsibility for all, and to develop a commitment and ability to work toward a more just society. Social Justice 12 includes an emphasis on action, providing opportunities for students to examine models of social change, and to engage in their own initiatives to effect social change.


Comparative Civilizations 12

From shoguns to pharaohs, from Egypt’s pyramids to the Great Wall of China, South American jungles to Celtic forests: travel back in time with the world’s greatest civilizations. Learn about the great monuments, famous people, inventions, religions and philosophy of…..

  • The Egyptians
  • The Chinese, Indian and Japanese
  • The Maya, Aztec and Inca
  • The Greeks and Romans
  • The Europeans
  • The Russians ……….and more.

This course is accepted as a Grade 12 entrance credit to all B.C. colleges and universities, except UBC.


Philosophy 12  

Open to all students in Grades 11 and 12.

Socrates encouraged us to “Know thyself”.

Philosophy 12 is a course designed to introduce the basic ideas and  methods of major world philosophies. Students will focus on topics such as  the Nature of Reality, Limits of Knowledge, Morality, Eastern and Western Philosophy, Mythology and World Religions. Emphasis is placed on well-informed thinking and intelligent, capable discussion (both written and oral) of the topics presented. Students can expect to participate in classic forms such as debates, argumentation, and other forms of dialogue