Grade: Grade 10
Course Title: Citizenship and Citizenship
Course code: CHV2O
Course type: optional course
Credit value: 0.5
Pilot course: None
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 today's world and of personal interest to them.
Unit Titles and Descriptions
Civics: Issues and Ideas
Civics is the study of how people use politics, laws, words and actions to govern themselves. But, what is politics? What are laws? What is government? What do they all have to do with each other? This unit deals with the theory behind civics, defining and describing the origin of government, the different types of law, and the role of people in their creation and maintenance.
With a solid understanding of what laws and governments are, we will next turn to the complex ways in which they are determined in Canada, federal, provincially and municipally. We will consider how things are now, and evaluate alternative approaches. We'll pay special attention to how all Canadians help to make laws and governments work every day.
Canada is one country among many on the planet, and so Canadian attitudes and responses to the world speak loudly about Canada's identity and values. In this final unit, we'll consider some of Canada's responses to challenges and changes around the globe. We'll evaluate Canada's participation in a number of international organizations. Finally, we'll analyse what it means to be a global citizen in today's world.
This is a proctored exam worth 30% of your final grade.
Overall Curriculum Expectations
A. Political Inquiry and Skill Development
Political Inquiry: use the political inquiry process and the concepts of political thinking when investigating issues, events, and developments of civic importance
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
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 one’s position on civic issues
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
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
C. Civic Engagement and Action
Civic Contributions: analyse a variety of civic contributions, and ways in which people can contribute to the common good
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
Personal Action on Civic Issues: analyse a civic issue of personal interest and develop a plan of action to address it
Teaching & Learning Strategies:
The Canadian and world studies courses will prepare students for a life of responsible citizenship in which they think critically about events, developments and issues in their daily lives. In the politics courses, the goal is to help students develop a sense of responsibility. At their own pace, 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;
analysing current political issues, and assessing methods and processes 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.
Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting Strategies of Student Performance:
Our theory of assessment and evaluation follows the Ministry of Education's Growing Success document, and it is our firm belief that doing so is in the best interests of students. We seek to design assessment in such a way as to make it possible to gather and show evidence of learning in a variety of ways to gradually release responsibility to the students, and to give multiple and varied opportunities to reflect on learning and receive detailed feedback.
Growing Success articulates the vision the Ministry has for the purpose and structure of assessment and evaluation techniques. There are seven fundamental principles that ensure best practices and procedures of assessment and evaluation by Virtual High School teachers. VHS assessments and evaluations,
are fair, transparent, and equitable for all students;
support all students, including those with special education needs, those who are learning the language of instruction (English or French), and those who are First Nation, Métis, or Inuit;
are carefully planned to relate to the curriculum expectations and learning goals and, as much as possible, to the interests, learning styles and preferences, needs, and experiences of all students;
are communicated clearly to students and parents at the beginning of the course and at other points throughout the school year or course;
are ongoing, varied in nature, and administered over a period of time to provide multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate the full range of their learning;
provide ongoing descriptive feedback that is clear, specific, meaningful, and timely to support improved learning and achievement;
develop students’ self-assessment skills to enable them to assess their own learning, set specific goals, and plan next steps for their learning.