Canadian and World Studies
In Canadian and World Studies and Social Sciences, students at our schools develop subject specific ways of thinking which allow the application of transferable skills to acquire and apply knowledge and understanding about the world in which we live. Students are provided opportunities to systematically explore the ways in which individuals are influenced by families, communities, culture, institutions and societies and by ideas, norms and values. Students do this by examining their own Christ centred, Catholic perspective which calls them to make decisions and act according to our gospel values.
Each school offers a full complement of Geography, History, Politics, Law and Social Science courses. Our students are called to become responsible, active citizens in a diverse society. Our graduates are critical, thoughtful, informed citizens who value an inclusive society.
Our schools strive to offer an engaging, hands-on activity based geography curriculum that provides students a framework to analyze local, national and international issues from a spatial, geopolitical and Catholic perspective. Students work towards: developing an understanding of spatial diversity, analyzing the connections between natural and human environments, develop spatial skills through the use of spatial technologies and being responsible stewards of the Earth by developing an appreciation and respect for both natural and human environments.
Our schools offer a critical thinking and faith based approach to its study of history. Students will examine important events, developments and issues in the past through an inquiry based approach to learning. Students will gain a greater understanding of the world in which they live through an examination of the following themes: understanding the significance of people and events, analyzing the causes and consequences of key moments in history; identifying and explaining how societies have changed and how they have stayed the same through time; and developing an understanding and empathy for the actions, behaviours and thoughts of people in different time periods. Through an understanding of the past, our students will gain a greater insight into their place in the world and a better understanding of their roles in their world to come.
It is our goal at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board to enable our students to become responsible and active citizens within our diverse society. Through our politics courses, our students learn the skills required to become informed, engaged, and active members of their communities whether it be at the local, national, or global level. Through faith-based learning, students are called to exercise the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship, act morally and legally as a person formed in Catholic traditions, and to contribute to the common good.
One of the unique aspects of our Civics program is the participation of all of our students in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative. This program provides our Civics students with the opportunity to experience a hands-on approach to becoming actively involved in local charitable organizations. Our students learn that they can make a difference by taking action on issues of civic importance and become compassionate citizens of society. Through the efforts of our students and our partnership with the Toskan Casale Foundation, $25,000 annually ($5,000 for each of our schools) has been donated to worthy grass roots local charitable organizations.
The Social sciences classroom provides an engaging, interactive opportunity to think critically about individuals and human interaction within a broad range of communities. Students will use the inquiry process and several 21st century tools to explore theories, questions, and issues related to anthropology, psychology, and sociology. They are provided opportunities to examine theories from a variety of perspectives, conduct research, and become familiar with current thinking on a range of contemporary issues within each of the three disciplines. Students coming out of the social sciences are more aware of the causes of and responses to issues that confront society and are better prepared to be thoughtful, active, compassionate members of their community.
Goals of Geography
Developing a sense of place. What is there, why there, and why care?
Students will work towards:
- developing an understanding of the characteristics and spatial diversity of natural human environments and communities, on a local to a global scale
- analyzing the connections within and between natural and human environments and communities
- developing spatial skills through the use of spatial technologies and the interpretation, analysis, and construction of various types of maps, globes, and graphs
- being responsible towards the Earth by developing an appreciation and respect for both natural and human environments and communities
Goals of History
Developing a sense of time. Who are we? Who came before us? How have we changed?
Students will work towards:
- developing an understanding of past societies, developments, and events that enables them to interpret and analyze historical, as well as current, issues
- analyzing how people from diverse groups have interacted and how they have changed over time
- understanding the experiences of and empathizing with people in past societies
- developing historical literacy skills by analyzing and interpreting evidence from primary and secondary sources
Goals of Politics (Civics)
Developing a sense of responsibility. Where do I belong? How can I contribute?
Students will work towards:
- developing an understanding of how to influence change within the diverse communities to which they belong, and of how individuals and groups can participate in action that promotes change
- analyzing the current political issues, and assessing methods that can be used to influence relevant political systems to act for the common good
- assessing the power and influence of different people involved in civic issues using political perspective
- developing a respect and appreciation for different points of view on various political issues