The Global Studies department is a dynamic and exciting place to learn! It encompasses Geography, History and Civics. In studying these subjects, students learn how people interact with and within their social and physical environments today, and how they did so in the past. Students develop the knowledge and values they need to become responsible, active and informed Canadian citizens in the twenty-first century. Students gain an understanding of the richness of French Canadian language and culture. Each subject brings its own unique perspective to helping Suzuki students “Become the change!”
Environmental literacy and a respect for our planet is the platform upon which young geographers are introduced to important geographic and inquiry skills by examining the beauty and diversity of Canada. Using the local Credit River watershed as a guideline, students will learn about local environmental issues and then understand how our individual actions relate to global issues. Geography is offered as a compulsory course for Grade 9’s in English, and via our French immersion program. In Geography, students take our namesake to heart!
In History, students begin in Grade 10 with a survey of Canadian History in the 20th century and our important role in shaping the world. They learn valuable communication and inquiry skills, with a focus on understanding current issues within the context of past events. As well, students take a half credit in Civics, an exploration what it means to be an active, global citizen at the local, regional and national level. For Historians, understanding our history helps us prepare for our future!