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HSE4M Equity & Social Justice: From Theory To Practice – Grade 12 (University/College)

  • Grade 12

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

GRADE: 12 (University/College)

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

THE ONTARIO CURRICULUMSocial Science and Humanities

Course Overview

HSE4M online enables students to develop an understanding of the theoretical, social, and historical underpinnings of various equity and social justice issues and to analyze strategies for bringing about positive social change. Students will learn about historical and contemporary equity and social justice issues in Canada and globally. They will explore power relations and the impact of a variety of factors on equity and social justice. Students will develop and apply research skills and will design and implement a social action initiative relating to an equity or social justice issue.

From Theory: Foundations of Equity and Social Justice

Essential Question: Why is social justice important? What is our role as global citizens? What makes us different and/or the same?

In this unit, students will explore the foundations of equity and social justice. Students will learn the language they need to discuss social issues, become exposed to the theories that inform equity issues, and begin to explore specific Canadian and global issues that have informed and continue to challenge social justice practice.

Power and Privilege

Essential Question: What does it mean to have power and privilege? Is power important? Where does power and privilege come from?

In this unit, students will explore the concepts of power and privilege, and how they support the framework of societies and how we interact with each other. Students will examine their own role in the power and privilege dynamics that shape their daily lives and challenge notions about where power comes from and how it used as both a destructive and building force.

Media and Social Justice

Essential Question: Is the media a force for good or bad? How do my media interactions matter? Whose voices are broadcast (or silenced) through traditional media means?

In this unit, students will begin examining the media with a critical eye, and explore how different media forms play a role in reinforcing and challenging social structures. Students will take an inward look by evaluating their media participation and try strategies that challenge media message and encourage them to seek out new perspectives.

Social Justice and You

Essential Question: Why do I want the world to change What is change worth What will I do to make change in the world?

In this unit, students will begin taking a personal approach to social justice and activism. This will require students to explore their own experiences and motivations and identify which areas of social justice are most important to them. Students will explore the role art has in self-expression, and the role it can have as activism. Students will also examine how self-care is an important consideration in order to make social justice work effective and sustainable.

To Action: Making Change towards Equity

Essential Question: Whose job is it to make social change? What issues do I care about most?

In this unit, students will start taking the step required to make a real social change. Students will look at what it takes to make the commitment to make social change a viable and sustainable part of being an informed, active citizen. Students will also complete a major research paper in order to dig deeper into an issue they care about.

Please consult our Frequently Asked Questions Page or the Exam section within your course for more details on final exams and the exam fee. More information can also be found in our Student Handbook.

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