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Canadian History Since World War I, Grade 10


Canadian History Since World War I, Grade 10

This course explores social, economic, and political developments and events and their impact on the lives of different individuals, groups, and communities, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit individuals and communities, in Canada since 1914. Students will examine the role of conflict and cooperation in Canadian society, Canada’s evolving role within the global community, and the impact of various individuals, organizations, and events on identities, citizenship, and heritage in Canada. Students will develop an understanding of some of the political developments and government policies that have had a lasting impact on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit individuals and communities. They will develop their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating key issues and events in Canadian history since 1914.

Prerequisite: None

Course Outline

Module 1 Overview: Rise of Canada 1914-1929

Guiding Question:
How did a single event cause a World War?

In this module, you will explore the First World War – the causes and major events of the Great War – as well as, its large impact on the Canadian landscape. Some of the major questions that will be answered in this module are: Why did a small young country go to war against the Triple Alliance? What major rift was caused from going to war? What was the overall effect on the population of Canada? This course begins in 1914, and it is fascinating to see how today’s history is still effected by the events from over 100 years ago.

Module 2 Overview: Canada 1929-1945

Guiding Question:
How would Canada be portrayed as a rising power in global politics?

In this module you will explore the dramatic turn from the prosperous 20’s to the dirty 30’s. You will examine the significant causes of the Great Depression and how it affected different Canadian lives. The hardships of the Depression probably would have lasted longer than it did, if it was not for the start of the Second World War. Other topics include: Hitler’s rise to power, Germany’s eventual occupation of Poland resulting in the declaration of War by Canada and role of Canada in another world war.  

Module 3 Overview: Canada 1945-1982

Guiding Question:
What position would Canada take in global politics now that it has a strong voice?

In this module you will explore the Post Second World War era (1945-1982). In this era, the focus is on Canada asserting itself in global politics and establishing a lasting bond with the USA.  Major topics include: the Cold War, the Baby Boomers, Canadian society and growing hostility between Quebec and the rest of Canada.

Module 4 Overview: Canada 1985-Present Day

Guiding Question:
How has Canada continued to grow its culture and heritage?

In this module, you will explore the significant events that have come to define Canada in present day. Major topics include the 2nd Quebec Referendum in 1995, the impact of NAFTA and 9/11.

Assessment Breakdown

Course Work, Assignments, and Proctored Tests: 70%
Culminating Independent Study Project: 10%
Final Exam: 20%