Civics

This course explores rights and responsibilities associated with being an active citizen in a democratic society. Students will explore issues of civic importance such as healthy schools, community planning, environmental responsibility, and the influence of social media, while developing their understanding of the role of civic engagement and of political processes in the local, national, and/or global community. Students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate, and express informed opinions about, a range of political issues and developments that are both of significance in todayโ€™s world and of personal interest to them.

Curriculum

Overall Curriculum Expectations

A: Political Inquiry and Skill Development
A1. Political Inquiry: use the political inquiry process and the concepts of political thinking to investigate issues, events, and developments of civic importance.
A2. Developing Transferable Skills: apply in everyday contexts skills developed through investigations related to civics and citizenship education and identify some careers in which civics and citizenship education might be an asset.

B: Civic Awareness
B1. Civic Issues, Democratic Values: describe beliefs and values associated with democratic citizenship in Canada and explain how they are related to civic action and to oneโ€™s position on civic issues (FOCUS ON: Political Significance; Stability and Change)
B2. Governance in Canada: explain, with reference to a range of issues of civic importance, the roles and responsibilities of various institutions, structures, and figures in Canadian governance (FOCUS ON: Political Significance; Stability and Change)
B3. Rights and Responsibilities: analyse key rights and responsibilities associated with citizenship, in both the Canadian and global context, and some ways in which these rights are protected (FOCUS ON: Political Significance; Stability and Change)

C: Civic Engagement and Action
C1. Civic Contributions: analyse a variety of civic contributions, and ways in which people can contribute to the common good (FOCUS ON: Political Significance; Stability and Change)
C2. Inclusion and Participation: assess ways in which people express their perspectives on issues of civic importance and how various perspectives, beliefs, and values are recognized and represented in communities in Canada (FOCUS ON: Political Significance; Stability and Change)
C3. Personal Action on Civic Issues: analyze a civic issue of personal interest and develop a plan of action to address it (FOCUS ON: Political Significance; Stability and Change)


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