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Challenge and Change in Society, Grade 12


Challenge and Change in Society, Grade 12

This course focuses on the use of social science theories, perspectives, and methodologies to investigate and explain shifts in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour and their impact on society. Students will critically analyze how and why cultural, social, and behavioural patterns change over time. They will explore the ideas of social theorists and use those ideas to analyze causes of and responses to challenges such as technological change, deviance, and global inequalities. Students will explore ways in which social science research methods can be used to study social change.

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

Course Outline

Module 1 Overview: Foundations of Challenge and Change

Guiding Questions:
How do social scientists investigate social change?

In this module, you will explore the study of social science and how it relates to challenge and change in society. Social science is an academic discipline concerned with society, the way people behave, and how they influence the world around us. How might social scientists investigate societal changes? This module will provide an overview of the three disciplines of social science (anthropology, sociology, and psychology) and the inquiry process in order to prepare for study throughout the course. You will explore how each discipline approaches social change, assess your own social change awareness, and examine how both research methods and ethics are applied in real life situations. 

Module 2 Overview: Moving Toward Social Justice

Guiding Question:
How does social justice influence individuals, society, and the global world? 

In this module, you will explore issues related to social justice and inequality, learning about systems of social stratification, theoretical explanations of social inequality, Canada’s criminal justice system, and social justice movements throughout the world. You will also further develop your research and inquiry skills as you critically examine relevant social justice issues both historical and modern. At the end of the module, you will learn about how social justice influences society and contributes to social change. 

Module 3 Overview: Social Change: Science, Technology, and Society

Guiding Question:
How does technological change influence society?

In this module, you will examine significant technological forces that influence social change. You will also explore specific technological changes in medicine, communication, education, and the media. You will learn about how these changes impact society around the world, and explore how Canadians are affected by these changes. 

Module 4 Overview: Global Challenge and Change

Guiding Question:
How does globalization impact our society and contribute to social change?

In this module, you will learn about globalization from different perspectives and examine it’s impact. As globalization is a diverse phenomenon, you will analyze how it impacts individuals, communities, societies, organizations, and the world. Additionally, you will explore how individuals and groups can contribute to social change by addressing the social inequalities and issues caused by globalization.

Assessment Breakdown

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