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Social Studies 30-1 (5 credits)

Key Issue: To What Extent Should We Embrace an Ideology?

Overview
Students will explore the origins and complexities of ideologies and examine multiple perspectives regarding the principles of classical and modern liberalism. An analysis of various political and economic systems will allow students to assess the viability of the principles of liberalism. Developing understandings of the roles and responsibilities associated with citizenship will encourage students to respond to emergent global issues.

Rationale
The principles of liberalism have played a significant role in the development of modern democratic societies. Developing a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of modern liberal thought and the tenets of competing ideologies is important in the development of active, informed and responsible citizens. This understanding will enable students to effectively investigate, analyze and evaluate government policies and actions and develop individual and collective responses to contemporary local, national and global issues.

Social Studies 30-1 is a requirement for entrance into many post-secondary institutions and college programs.  

Recommended prerequisite: 60% in Social Studies 20-1 or 70% in Social Studies 30-2. 

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Social Studies 30-2 (5 credits)

Key Issue: To What Extent Should We Embrace an Ideology?

Overview
Students will examine the origins, values and components of competing ideologies. They will explore multiple perspectives regarding relationships among individualism, liberalism, common good and collectivism.  An examination of various political and economic systems will allow students to determine the viability of the values of liberalism. Developing understandings of the roles and responsibilities associated with citizenship will encourage students to respond to emergent global issues.

Rationale
Democratic and capitalist societies are founded upon the key values of individualism and liberalism. Active and responsible citizenship requires citizens to have knowledge and skills to examine, analyze and evaluate a variety of political and economic systems. An awareness of the evolution of ideologies is key to comprehending and responding to local, national and global issues.

Recommended prerequisite: 50% in Social Studies 20-2 or 40% in Social Studies 20-1

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Social Studies 20-2 (5 credits)

Understandings of Nationalism

Overview
Students will examine historical and contemporary understandings of nationalism in Canada and the world.  They will explore the origins of nationalism as well as the impacts of nationalism on individuals and communities in Canada and other locations. Examples of nationalism, ultranationalism, supranationalism and internationalism will be examined from multiple perspectives. Students will develop personal and civic responses to emergent issues related to nationalism.

Rationale
As perspectives on personal identity continue to evolve, so do understandings of nationalism and what it means to be a member of a collective, community, state and nation. This evolution is significant in the Canadian context as nationalism continues to shape visions of identity and nation. Understanding the significance of nationalism contributes to an appreciation and awareness of the interrelationships among nationalism, internationalism, citizenship and identity.

Recommended prerequisite: 50% in Social Studies 10-2 or 40% in Social Studies 10-1. 

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