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HSB4U Challenge & Change In Society – Grade 12 (University)

  • Grade 12

PREREQUISITE: Any university or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies

GRADE: 12 (University)

AVAILABILITY: Full-time – All Campuses, Private – All campuses, Blyth Academy Online

THE ONTARIO CURRICULUMSocial Science and Humanities

Course Overview

HSB4U online focuses on the use of social science theories, perspectives, and methodologies to investigate and explain shifts in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour and their impact on society. Students will critically analyze how and why cultural, social, and behavioural patterns change over time. They will explore the ideas of social theorists and use those ideas to analyze causes of and responses to challenges such as technological change, deviance, and global inequalities. In HSB4U online, students will explore ways in which social science research methods can be used to study social change.

Social Science Research and Inquiry Skills

Essential Question: What skills will I need to create social science reports?

In this unit, students will learn about APA formatting and the social science inquiry model. Students will learn how to propose a research question and formulate a hypothesis. Students will also learn about social science field work.

Foundations for the Study of Social Change

Essential Question: What are the differences between Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology? What are patterns of social change?

In this unit, students will be introduced to psychology, sociology and anthropology. Students will learn how different cultures and changes in society are studied in these fields. Students will examine different schools of thought within these fields, as well as define theories of change.

Causes and Effects of Social Change

Essential Question: What are the factors that cause and effect social change?

In this unit, students will learn about influential leaders who have changed the world. Students will also take a closer look at the effects of social conformity and alienation on social change. Students will also take a look at the effects of poverty and affluence on social change as well as the effects of technology.

Social Patterns and Trends

Essential Question: What social patterns and trends exist in Canada?

In this unit, students will examine demographics and social determinants. Students will discuss two examples of the theories that consider how the era a person is born in influences social change. Students will investigate social trends and the Canadian census as well as examine social deviance from various perspectives.

Global Social Challenges

Essential Question: What challenges are individuals and groups facing as the world becomes more interconnected?

In this unit, students will examine social challenges related to the global distribution of wealth and resources. Students will discuss theories of globalization and its effects on the world. Students will investigate inequality and the exploitation of various peoples and nations from a variety of perspectives.

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