The purpose of the Social Studies program is to help students develop the key values and attitudes, knowledge and understanding, and skills and processes necessary for students to become active and responsible citizens. The programs concentrate on enabling students to develop an understanding of who they are, what they want to become, and the society they want to live in.
Social Studies 10-2, 20-2, 30-2 has been developed as an alternative course sequence to accommodate students whose learning needs are not met by the Social Studies 10-1, 20-1, 30-1 sequence. The 10-2, 20-2, 30-2 sequence maintains the same emphasis on effective citizenship, critical thinking and social responsibility. However, Social Studies 10-2, 20-2, 30-2 is differentiated on the basis of instructional methodology, evaluation techniques, learning resources and complexity of language used in course content. Both course sequences are based on an understanding of history, geography and other social sciences as they affect the Canadian community. The 10-1, 20-1, 30-1 sequence is intended for post-secondary bound students and promotes inquiry and critical thinking through debate and position papers.