The social studies, history, geography, and Canadian and world studies programs will enable students to become responsible, active citizens within the diverse communities to which they belong. As well as becoming critically thoughtful and informed citizens who value an inclusive society, students will have the skills they need to solve problems and communicate ideas and decisions about significant developments, events, and issues.

Students in social sciences and humanities develop a critical lens through which they can build their awareness of and make decisions with respect to critical issues in our increasingly complex, multifaceted, and diverse society. Study of this discipline helps to build understanding about individuals, families, and diverse groups – what people think, how they live, and how we all interact with one another and the world around us. Knowledge and understanding developed through the study of social sciences and humanities can help inform discussion on critical social, cultural, economic, technological, environmental, and wellness issues, and can provide a strong foundation for vibrant, healthy, and engaged citizenship.

Social sciences and humanities courses provide students with essential knowledge and transferable skills that are applicable in various areas of their lives – in their personal and family lives as well as in their postsecondary studies and in the workplace.

Goals in social studies, history, and geography, and all the subjects in Canadian and world studies, students realize the vision for the program as they:

• develop the ability to use the “concepts of disciplinary thinking” to investigate issues, events, and developments;
• develop the ability to determine and apply appropriate criteria to evaluate information and evidence and to make judgements;
• develop skills and personal attributes that are needed for discipline-specific inquiry and that can be transferred to other areas in life;
• build collaborative and cooperative working relationships;
• use appropriate technology as a tool to help them gather and analyse information, solve problems, and communicate.