Social Studies


Why do people revolt?

This course looks at the continuing effects of colonialism and imperialism, significant revolutions and conflicts and major social, political, and technological changes between 1750-1919. Students will explore changing attitudes, differing worldviews, and the rise of new leaders and nation-states in this revolutionary time period. Students will explore local, national, and global conflicts, analyze causes of change, and develop research skills and insights that will help them navigate an increasing complex and closely connected world.


What does it mean to be Canadian?

This course explores how 20th Century global and regional conflicts have been a powerful force in shaping the development as a country through changes in population, economy, and technology. Students will analyze the elements that constitute Canadian identity, including historical injustices that challenge the narrative and identity of Canada as an inclusive, multicultural society. Students will develop their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process when investigating key issues and events in Canadian history since 1919.


How has the breakdown of long-standing empires created new economic and political systems?

This course is an in-depth study of the major events of the twentieth century, covering World War One, the rise of dictators, World War Two, the Cold War and the present day world. Emphasis is placed on why the events took place, and how they have affected the world today. 20th Century World History will continue to help students develop important research and critical thinking skills and will offer students an opportunity to debate a variety of historical issues.


What issues face Indigenous Peoples in the 21st Century?

Through this course, students will explore the diversity, depth, and integrity of the cultures of indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world. We will examine the processes of colonization and their impact on our world today. Students will consider multiple perspectives regarding community development and make connections to the present realities of indigenous people and the movement towards reconciliation and self-determination. Students will learn how the identities, worldviews, and languages of indigenous people are renewed, sustained, and transformed through their connection to the land.


How have demographic patterns and population distribution been influenced by physical features and natural resources?

Human Geography is an in-depth study of the complex and ever-changing relationship between humans and their environment. This course will examine a wide range of topics such as demographic patterns, population distribution, the spread of disease, international conflicts, industrialization, urbanization, and globalization, economic development, and human interaction with the environment. Students enrolled in Human Geography 12 will use geographic inquiry processes and critical thinking skills to communicate their findings and draw meaningful insights into some of our world’s most pressing issues and phenomena.


How do society’s laws and legal framework affect people’s daily lives?

Law 12 is a survey course that introduces students to the concept of law and the role that it plays in society; by watching and reading current and past cases, we dive into trials, criminal minds, lawsuits, and ground-breaking verdicts. We create mock trials and take on roles of being lawyers, investigators, witnesses, judges, jurors, etc. During the course, we visit the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver to make a connection to learning. Students get opportunities to see real life trials and talk to a judge. This course is valuable for students not only interested in the legal and law enforcement industry, but also in many other areas such as social work, psychology, counselling, criminology, contracting, human resources, business, and many other careers.


How have the natural processes of the earth impacted the landscape and human settlement?

Geography is the study of the relationship between the physical and biological components of earth. Students learn about the ways in which the earth’s surface is formed and how the planet is in a constant state of transformation. Students are introduced to the rest of a delicately balanced web of processes within the realms of atmosphere and biosphere and finally, the place of humanity in this web is considered in terms of our utilization of resources and impact on the planet. The main goal of this course is to equip students with the knowledge to see our world as a product of many integrated and dynamic processes in which our activities are both influenced and influential. This course includes elements of Human Geography and will examine a wide range of topics such as demographic patterns, population distribution, the spread of disease, international conflicts, industrialization, urbanization, and globalization, economic development, and human interaction with the environment.

*There is the potential for an optional field trip in this course.


So, life isn’t fair…what can you do about it?

What happens when you don’t belong? When your government decides that you are worth less as a person than your neighbour is? When your right to exist is extinguished because of your race, religion or who your friends are? Explore the darker side of humanity and find ways to recover from the worst of our own atrocities. This course builds on students’ innate sense of justice, motivating them to think and act ethically and empowering them to positively impact the world.

Learning from historical and current events such as slavery, genocide, and civil rights movements, students will explore topics such as privilege, power, equity, ethics, and social and moral responsibility. Research, class discussions, projects, debates, music and film, role plays and writing activities will help students gain deeper understandings of challenging social issues and be well-equipped for future careers in leadership, the justice system, social work, education, and business. Social Justice 12 is a participatory course that requires self and social analysis, respect for diversity, and a willingness to take action, work collaboratively and respectfully discuss controversial issues.

Langley Fundamental Middle & Secondary

21250 42nd Ave, Langley
BC, V3A 8K6
Phone: 604 534 4779