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Grade 11

HRT3M0 Grade 11 World Religions:  Beliefs, Issues and Religious Traditions

This class is an introductory course that provides students with opportunities to explore various world religions and belief traditions. This course looks at why people practice religion and the major common features between religions. Students will analyse the ways in which various belief traditions impact our society. Students will be able to read, watch and interact with various sacred writings, practices and rituals relating to various religions. This course gives students the opportunity to reflect on the journey of life as a spiritual journey and quest for meaning. 

Topics: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Prerequisite:  None



HSP3U0 Grade 11 Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology & Sociology

This course will engage students in the study of humanity from the perspectives of anthropology, psychology, and sociology.  Throughout this course, you will have the opportunity to reflect upon what makes human beings a unique species, the influences society and culture have on human behaviour, the impact the media has within society, issues of mental health and well being, the impact social institutions have on your life, and the challenges facing human culture and society.  Through discussions, debates, research, experiments and reflection, this course will enable you to become familiar with current theories and perspectives on a range of issues within the social sciences.

Topics: Culture, mental health & illness, the brain, and serial homicide

Prerequisite HSP 3U0: Grade 10 academic English or Grade 10 academic history

Prerequisite HSP 3C0: None


Grade 12



HSB4U0 Grade 12 Challenge and Change in Society

In this course students will use social science theories to understand the foundations for social change. Students will identify various causes and effects for social change and the impact changes have on the individuals and groups that make up society. Students will explore global social challenges such as global inequalities, deviance and exploitation. They will examine social patterns and trends through demographic groups such as the baby boom and generation Z. Students will explore ways in which social science research methods can be used to study social change. Students will critically analyse how and why cultural, social, and behavioural patterns change over time.  

Topics: The study of populations, health and wellness, and prejudice and discrimination

Prerequisite:  Any U or U/C course in Grade 11 English or Social Science and Humanities or Canadian and World issues


HSE 4M0 - Equity and Social Justice, Mixed

This course enables students to develop an understanding of the theoretical, social, and historical underpinnings of various equity and social justice issues and to analyse 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. Prerequisite: Any university, college, or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies


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


HZT4U0  Grade 12 Philosophy: Questions and Theories

In this course students will examine the big questions in life surrounding what is real, how do we know, what responsibility do we have towards each other and how do we live together in society.  Students will hone their critical thinking and analytical skills while employing various philosophical theories to understand ethics, politics and the way we think.  Students will learn to read and write critically while applying theories in creative ways using various sources of media.  While learning these theories students will engage in debates and presentations; they will compose essays and will complete assignments where they can employ their own creative strengths. Prepare to have your brain hurt in a good way.

Topics: Logic, Metaphysics and Epistemology, Ethics, Social Political, and Aesthetics

Prerequisite:  Any U or U/C Grade 11 course in English or Social Science and Humanities or Canadian and World issues


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