Social Studies

The Social Studies Department at Moscrop Secondary is a great place to learn. We are a collaborative group of professionals that take great pride in making the Social Studies curriculum exciting, challenging and interesting for all. We help students develop skills such as reading comprehension, writing, primary source analysis, interpersonal skills development through group work and the use of technology for research and assignments. We use criteria reference and formative assessments to assist our students in understanding how to achieve success.

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If you have any questions please contact Ms. Georgia Campbell, Social Studies Department Head.

Socials Studies 8

Students will spend their first year at Moscrop exploring the creation and fall of Civilizations throughout the World! Students will look at the development of civilizations from the 7th century to 1750. They will also compare the development of the Western World with the development of many other Civilizations including China, Japan and the Arab World. Students will learn organizational skills, writing skills, primary and secondary source analysis, social responsibility, note taking and interpersonal skills –developed through group projects and engaging activities.

Socials Studies 9

Grade 9 Social Studies will now cover the period from 1750 to 1919. The new course will explore big themes such as conflict, political, social and technological revolution, nationalism, colonialism and imperialism and the impact of these forces on indigenous people in Canada and around the world. This course will expose the problem of racism and discrimination and also explore the demographic changes and migration patterns of people throughout this period.


Socials Studies 10

This course will explore the following big ideas:

1) Global and regional conflicts have been a powerful force in shaping our contemporary world and identities.  Topics studied include World War II, the Cold War, Korean War, and various regional conflicts.

2) The development of political institutions is influenced by economic, social, ideological, and geographic factors.  We will explore the Canadian political system and our Charter rights.

3) Worldviews lead to different perspectives and ideas about developments in Canadian society related to issues such as poverty, resource management, trends in demographics, as well as environmental problems.

4) Historical and contemporary injustices challenge the narrative and identity of Canada as an inclusive, multicultural society.  Issues covered include contemporary First Nations issues, immigration policy, the women’s movement, the LGBTQ+ movement, just to mention a few.

Senior Elective Options:

Students going into grade 11 must take one of the following ministry designated courses to complete their graduation requirements.  Note that some of our senior electives are Board Authorized Courses (BAA) that do not meet this requirement or AP courses that also do not meet this requirement.

Psychology 11 (BAA)

Psychology 11 is a survey course focusing on individual behaviour and why an individual thinks, feels, and reacts to certain stimuli. It will explore the major issues in psychology including its historical beginnings and important experiments that form the basis of modern approaches and perspective. Students will become familiar with the content, terminology, and application of psychology as it relates to their daily life. Special attention is given to the question of nature vs nurture, and insights that have emerged in the intersecting fields of neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy. Major emphasis will be placed on research methods, how the brain works, sensation, perception, altered states of consciousness, stages in childhood and adolescence, social psychology, and psychological disorders. The course utilizes relevant hands-on activities, discussions, self-inventories, multi-media presentation, and critical analysis of research/studies when addressing the various topics. The curriculum for this course is spread over two years, however, it is not mandatory to take this elective in both grade 11 and grade 12. For those interested in AP Psychology, this course will provide a strong foundation in the subject matter that will prove to be beneficial with the academic rigor of the AP Psychology curriculum.

Psychology 12 (BAA)

Psychology 12 is the second half of a survey course focusing on individual behaviour and why an individual thinks, feels, and reacts to certain stimuli. As with Psychology 11, the course examines the historical development of the main theories associated with modern psychology. Students will continued to explore major topics of psychology including the functioning of the brain and nervous system, the role of sleep, addiction, memory, learning, and major psychological perspectives. All the while trying to determine what role our genes play and what role the environment plays in making us who we are. The course utilizes relevant hands-on activities, self-inventories, discussions, multi-media presentation, and critical analysis of research/studies when addressing these topics. Although the curriculum for this course is spread over two years, Psychology 11 is not a prerequisite for enrolment.

AP Psychology (AP)

This course will introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes of human beings and animals. Students will be exposed to psychological facts, principals, and phenomenon associated with each of the sub fields in psychology. Students should be fully aware of the heavy content of this course and the academic challenge. Students will gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them.  The content of this course supports a broad range of study/career paths including business, law, education, and health studies.

AP European History 12 (AP)

Would you like to explore the cultural, economic, political and social forces that have shaped Europe since 1450? You will learn to research the past exploring historical evidence, such as paintings, photographs, letters, documents and cartoons. You will study the ideas and people who have shaped European society. Students will weigh historical evidence and write analytical and interpretive essays exploring the themes of European history. Topics covered include the Renaissance, Reformation, Absolutism and the rise of Constitutionalism, the Scientific Revolution and the English, French and Russian Revolutions.  We will also explore the influence of nationalism, socialism, Marxism, communism, imperialism and fascism in 19th and 20th century history.   We will study the causes and consequences of WW I, the interwar period, WW II and the Cold War.  Students will be expected to share their ideas in class discussion and develop critical thinking skills. If you love history, art, philosophy, reading and discussion then this is the course for you! This course is useful for students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and careers in international and/or domestic law, business, education or government.

AP Human Geography (AP)

AP Human Geography is a course that explores how humans interact on a local, regional, national, and international level. With the increasing role of globalization, understanding how people are interconnected and influenced by one another has never been so important. While some historical concepts, like colonization, are relevant to the subject matter, the main focus will be on modern day aspects that are shared throughout the world contrasted with those factors that are region specific. By learning about these aspects of modern society, students will be better able to understand the factors that unify the world and those factors that actually divide cultures or societies. Major themes of study include population, culture, ethnic conflicts and genocide, language, religion, economic development, geopolitics, the shifting power of nations, and urbanization.  The course utilizes relevant current events or case studies, hands-on activities, readings, multi-media presentation, and critical analysis of data, maps, and charts to address these topics. This course is academically rigorous and will help to prepare those students electing to write the AP exam in Human Geography.

Global and Intercultural Studies 12

Global and Intercultural Studies is a NEW course in Burnaby for senior (Grade 10-12) students, and part of a Provincial effort to prepare BC students to thrive in a quickly changing world. In this course, we’ll be exploring the concept of culture and how it shapes our thinking, behaviour, family lives, and relationships. We’ll also explore cultures around the world, current events (international and local), and writing, art, and film from many cultures. We will learn together through dialogue, discussion, and projects. The goal of this class is to help students become more able to live in and understand a globalised world, to resist stereotypical thinking, and to recognise and challenge imbalances of power and inequity. This class is a great fit for students who hope to spend time travelling, studying, or living abroad. It’s also a great course for students who enjoy dialogue and discussion, asking big questions, and engaging with the changing world they live in. The world is changing quickly and employers and post-secondary schools value a global and intercultural perspective.

Graduation Document Ministry Designated Courses:

Philosophy 12

Philosophy is a discipline that examines the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence.  This course will examine epistemological theories about knowledge and truth, theories of justice and freedom and theories of morality and ethics.  Examining questions in philosophy allows people to question their assumptions and better understand their own beliefs.  You will learn to think in new and meaningful ways.

Law Studies 12

This course will give you everything you need to know about the Canadian Legal system with a hint of comparison to the American system. This class focuses on statute and case law, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Criminal and Civil law. Students will need to be aware of current events and follow cases as they are happening. This is an academic elective with profound focus on debate, discussion, reading and writing.

20th Century World History 12

If you are curious about war and peace in the 20th Century then this is the course for you. It is a study of the 20th century world history – from 1919 to 1991 – with an examination of components that have profoundly affected our civilization and way of life. Topics include WWII, the Cold War, Revolution, Superpower economics, the collapse of the Soviet Union and understanding the problems of the Middle East.

Physical Geography 12

This social science course will teach you to understand the awe-inspiring diversity found on our planet. Students will look at how humans and our planet interact.  Students will study the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere and discover their interconnections. The course covers a wide array of environmental problems and issues including – energy management issues, wild species depletion, water resource management, climate change and its impacts, deforestation, desertification and many others. Students will learn from hands-on field experiences that Geography is the foundation of all sciences and offers a good balance of practical skills and academic challenge.

Social Justice 12

This course will develop students’ ethical and philosophical reasoning skills by exploring issues of injustice in a local and global context. Students will examine inequality and injustice based on various social factors, while investigating cause(s) and consequence(s) of injustice. Students will work to invoke change to become ethical and socially responsible global citizens. Topics include: animal rights, media, consumerism, propaganda, child labour, homophobia, women’s rights, racism, global issues, environmentalism and social justice “heroes”.

New Graduation Document Ministry Courses Offered at Moscrop:

Genocide Studies 12

This course will examine case studies of the intentional destruction of peoples and their cultures and explore how these movements can be disrupted and resisted. We will study the use of the term “genocide” to describe atrocities, exploring the political, legal, social, and cultural ramifications. We will come to understand that despite international commitments to prohibit genocide, violence targeted against groups of people or minorities has continued to challenge global peace and prosperity. While genocides are caused by and carried out for different reasons, all genocides share similarities in progression and scope.


Explorations 11

This is a survey course intended to introduce three areas of study – one per term –introducing students to political studies, historical inquiry and geographic awareness. The course will have a strong emphasis on inquiry based learning and research.

BC First Nations Studies

This unique course focuses on the diversity, depth and integrity of the cultures of BC’s Aboriginal peoples. BC First Nations Studies documents the history and cultures of First Nations and Métis people in BC from before the arrival of the Europeans to the present. Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of First Nations’ traditions, history, and present realities, as well as a chance to consider future challenges and opportunities.

Social Studies Honours Portfolio Program

Are you interested in making connections between the world around you and the concepts you’re learning in Social Studies? Do you want to develop critical thinking skills and foster global citizenship? Are you looking for ways to make a difference in your local and global community? If you’ve said yes to any of these questions then the Social Studies Honours Portfolio may be just what you are looking for.
The Moscrop Secondary School Socials Studies Department seeks to offer a variety of learning opportunities to meet your needs and interests at all grade levels and in all classes. This coming year, we are changing the delivery of our Honours program. We have adopted a more inclusive model for those students who wish to receive Moscrop’s Honours Diploma. In the first few weeks of the school year, you will have the opportunity to choose whether you will undertake this Honours program and create your own Honours Portfolio. Any student enrolled in a Socials Studies class, grade 8 through 11, or a Senior Socials Studies Elective can take part in this program. The program is intended to prepare you for the 21st Century by equipping you for success in any future endeavor. Details of the program will be discussed with all students in September when the new school year begins.

Are you up for the challenge?

 Language Adapted Courses

The emphasis in Language Adapted SS courses is on acquiring language skills and understanding the core content in Social Studies.

Social Studies Language Adapted 10

Language Adapted Socials Studies 10 will prepare ESL students to meet the Grade 10 graduation requirement for Social studies and they will develop the necessary academic language skills. The emphasis in this course is placed equally on acquiring academic language skills and developing an understanding of designated core content in Social Studies.


Department Head: Ms. Georgia Campbell
Ms. Georgia Campbell
Ms. C. Clowers
Mr. T. Exume
Mr. R. Hunter
Ms. D. Moore
Mr. R. Riach
Mr. T. Ritchie
Ms. A. Sawatsky
Mr. C. Stemo