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.


How can understanding the diversity of cultural expressions enhance our understanding of other cultures?

Culture Clash! The focus of Comparative Cultures 11 is to study the contributions of humankind over time and from location to location. In this course students will explore the development of early humanity by comparing the development of religion, technology, government, economic systems, artistic expression, and world perspectives. In this course you will gain an understanding of the world before modern globalization and examine the diversity of the human experience.


How can comparing religious beliefs provide insights and understanding into the diverse cultures and peoples in the world?

Religious Commonality! Religion has historically been a centerpiece for building culture, morality and governance. The focus of Comparative Religions is for students to learn about the teachings and traditions of a variety of religions, the connections between religion and the development of civilizations, the place and function of religion in human experience. Topics include pillars of religion, mythology, and spirituality, approaches to doctrines and belief systems, sacred texts, traditions, and narratives.


Why do we study human catastrophes?

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 historical atrocities, exploring the political, legal, social, and cultural consequences. 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. Major topics include the causes of, responses to, resistance to, and methods of remembering events of genocide. This course may appeal to mature students interested in a cross-curricular look at history as we bring in ideas from psychology, sociology, political science, economics, literature and film to help understand genocide.


Any student in grade 12 may take this course. This course does NOT satisfy a Social Studies 11 credit for graduation.

In Global Education: living together in diversity globally, you will develop an understanding of the role of global awareness as an important skill set for citizens of our world in the 21st century. Through engaging classroom conversation, in-depth readings, problem-solving activities and practical ‘real world’ experiences, you will learn various ways to infuse global awareness into all your contexts including other school subjects, work, community involvement and overseas travel and volunteering.


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 human 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 11 will use geographic inquiry processes and critical thinking skills in order 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, law suits 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


What does it mean to be human?  What is truth? How do we know we are alive?

Philosophy is the study of knowledge, the understanding of truth, and the exploration of reality.  Even though this course explores foundational theories of Philosophy, this class will focus on the application of the theories in our every day lives.  Students will learn how to think critically about philosophical topics using deductive reasoning and logic.  Students will be given opportunities to think about real-world issues and open their minds to possible approaches to life’s biggest questions.  Students who like classroom discussion and deep thinking will enjoy this course.


How does politics relate to power?   How do political decisions affect my life?

This course will inform the student of the basics of politics and demonstrate its importance in our lives.  We will look at the history of political points of view from various cultures.  Students will also examine the current political climate in Canada.  Political systems will be analyzed and critiqued for each of their respective positive and negative benefits.  Students will practice analysis and good critical thinking skills through debates, Socratic seminars and research.


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. Knowledge gained from previous Science and Social Studies courses is utilized as students make sense of the intricate network of forces and processes that define our planet. 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.


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.


Any student in Grade 11 or 12 may take this course.

This is an academic course; therefore, a C+ average in English is strongly recommended.  This introductory psychology course is designed to develop a curiosity and understanding about human behavior and one’s interactions with the outside world.  The methods devised to reach this goal are readings, experiments, lectures, discussions, videos, journal reflections, projects and essay assignments.

Langley Fundamental Middle & Secondary

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