Social 9 - Course Outline
2015/2016 School Year
Cold Lake High School

Mr. Whan / Ms. Schwab / Ms. Keefe

Text Book:
- Chapter 1
- Chapter 2
- Chapter 3
- Chapter 4
- Chapter 5
- Chapter 6
- Chapter 7
- Chapter 8
- Chapter 9


The main goals of Social Studies education are to prepare students to:

Ø Become engaged as an active and responsible citizen at a local, community, provincial, national and global level.

Ø Recognize the different viewpoints that exist in society.

Ø Commit themselves as lifelong learners.

Ø Develop critical and creative thinking skills.

The nature of this course makes it very important for students to become aware of local, provincial, national and global affairs. A great way to stay informed is to watch the news on T.V., listen to the news on the radio and read newspapers, either hard or electronic copies. Some great resources are…

- CTV News -

- Global News -

- CBC News -

- CBC News Radio -

- Edmonton Journal or Sun - Globe and Mail

Final marks will be evaluated cumulatively throughout the semester. Final marks will be calculated as follows:

Assignments/Projects 10% (two assignments 5% each)

Written Response 35% (seven assignments 5% each)

Unit Tests/Quizzes 35% (five tests 5% each and one test worth 10%)

Final Exam/ PAT 20%

Total 100%

9.1 Issues for Canadians: Governance and Rights

Unit 1 – Canadian Politics (3.5 weeks)

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the workings of the Canadian Political System, including voting, bill making and passing, the roles of political parties, lobby groups and the media.


Written Response 5% & Exam 5%

Unit 2 – Individual Rights (2 weeks)

Students will examine the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, how it impacts the creation of laws in Canada and in turn how the rights of citizens affect the rights of others.


Written Response 5% & Exam 5%

Unit 3- Collective Rights (2 weeks)

Students will examine Collective Rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Why are some groups given collective rights? Who gets rights collective rights?


Written Response 5% & Exam 5%

Unit 4 – Youth Criminal Justice Act (2 weeks)

Students will explore the Youth Criminal Justice Act and examine cases that explain the role of the act and its purpose. What does the Act do? Why are youth treated differently than adults? Is the act too lenient?


Written Response 5% & Exam 5%

Unit 5 – Immigration (2 Weeks)

Students will demonstrate an understanding the Immigration policy in Canada in both the past and present. How have things changed? Is Immigration beneficial for Canada and Canadians?


Written Response 5% & Exam 5%

9.1 (Unit 1- 5) – Issues for Canadians: Governance and Rights

Project (1 Weeks) – Rick Mercers Rant!


Assignment 10%

9.2 Issues for Canadians: Economic Systems in Canada and the United States

Unit 6 - Economic Systems (2 weeks)

In this unit students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how economic decision making in Canada and the United States impacts quality of life, citizenship and identity.


Written Response 2x5% & Exam 10%

Review for the PAT (final exam) will take place during the week of classes before exams.

9.2 (Unit 6) – Issues for Canadians: Economic Systems in Canada and the United States

Project (1 Weeks) – Lion’s Den


Assignment 10%

All assignments/projects must be handed in. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that their assignments are handed in. As per Alberta Education assessment practices, if you fail to hand in an assignment on time because you are absent or otherwise, you are still expected to complete the assignment. If the teacher has contacted the student, made arrangements to have the assignment finished, and the student still does not submit the work, the teacher will have no choice but to reluctantly assign a zero.

Prior to reluctantly awarding a zero teachers will:

  1. clearly communicate within the course outline how long students have to make up missing assessments prior to being awarded a zero.
  2. make it clear to the student that they have missed an important summative assessment
  3. make arrangements with the student to complete the assessment within a certain time period and document this conversation in Power School.

After awarding 2 zeros for any student parents will be contacted by the teacher to determine if the student needs interventions or supports to improve their habits.

The staff know that a zero is not an accurate measurement of curricular outcomes and brings into question the validity of the final grade, but that being said, if all reasonable efforts to get the test, quiz or assignment completed have failed to work with the student, the teacher must reluctantly award a zero

Student Expectations:

  • Class will begin on time each day. Students will be expected to be on time for class. If for some reason you are late for class enter the class without disrupting, fill in the late book at the back of the room, take your seat and join where the class left off. Either speak with the teacher or a classmate to catch up on what was missed while you were not in class.

  • Students are expected to be prepared for class each day. The following items are required each and every day unless otherwise indicated…
    • Textbook
    • Binder with paper
    • Pencil and eraser or pen

  • If you miss a class, excused or unexcused, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain notes from another classmate or from the teacher and complete the missed work. If you know you will be absent ahead of time please consult with your teacher so they can arrange for you to keep up with the rest of the class during your absences. In order to pass this course you must attend class regularly.

  • All assignments/projects must be handed in. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that their assignments are handed in.

  • Students are expected to use appropriate classroom behavior. i.e. behavior that does not interfere with classroom instruction or individual work time.

  • Students should raise their hand during classroom instruction if they wish to ask a question. Please do not shout out questions or answers unless given directions to do so in a certain activity.

  • If you are having difficulties with any topic in this course, please see me for extra help. I am available for help everyday after school until at least 4pm. If you cannot stay after school for help you can arrange another time with your teacher (before school or during lunch).

  • The use of cell phones is strictly prohibited during class time. These devices are not allowed to be used in the classroom under any circumstances. They are not to be seen by the teacher. If a student has their cell phone out in class they will be asked to give their phone to their teacher for.

§ The remainder of the class (1st offence)

§ The remainder of the day (2nd and subsequent requests)

§ Until a parent comes to the school to get the phone (at teacher’s discretion after multiple abuses of the phone policy).