Course Title : Challenge and Change in Society, Grade 12, University Preparation (HSB4U)
Course Name : Challenge and Change in Society
Course Code : HSB4U
Grade : 12
Course Type : University Preparation
Credit Value : 1.0
Prerequisite : Any university, university/college, or college preparation course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies
Curriculum Policy Document: Social Science and Humanities, The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12, 2013 (Revised)

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Course Description

This course focuses on the use of social science theories, perspectives, and methodologies to investigate and explain shifts in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour and their impact on society. Students will critically analyse how and why cultural, social, and behavioural patterns change over time. They will explore the ideas of social theorists and use those ideas to analyse causes of and responses to challenges such as technological change, deviance, and global inequalities. Students will explore ways in which social science research methods can be used to study social change.

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Outline of Course Content

Unit Titles and Descriptions Time and Sequence

Unit 1: Theories of the Social Sciences

In this unit, students will learn about the concepts of anthropology, psychology and sociology. They will further inquire about the major theories of anthropology, the major theories of psychology and the major theories of sociology.

22 hours

Unit 2: Changing Societies

In this unit, students examine how societies change. They will learn about the concepts of agents of change, population change and deviance and normality. They examine positive social change and the role of various social institutions and policies in promoting or impeding change. The issues of gender, racism and discrimination are analysed as barriers to full participation in Canadian society. Students research patterns of hate crimes and develop materials (e.g. video, pamphlet, school presentation) to educate and to promote positive social interaction as one unit culminating activity.

30 hours

Unit 3: Trends in societies

Social trends are large-scale changes in our society such as an increase in immigration, a decrease in fertility rates, or a growth in the number of older, first-time parents. The exploration and evaluation of social trends is conducted by demographers, social scientists who study human populations and provide population data and statistics. Anthropologists, sociologists, and psychologists get involved in the action as well: anthropologists by studying the ways that social trends affect cultures; sociologists by exploring the impact on families, social institutions, and other groups; and psychologists by examining how these changes affect individuals. In the second part of this course, students will find out what some of these social scientists have discovered about social trends in Canadian society.

30 hours

Unit 4: Challenges of Changing Societies

Students examine and debate different views of progress. They examine the causes and effects of contemporary positive global change in technology, medicine, social justice and human rights issues, ecological knowledge and resource management, legal and political developments, and the role Canadians have played in promoting or impeding change in these areas. The impediments to positive global change are then examined through case studies.

22 hours

Final Assessment

The course-culminating task includes a final written examination worth 15% of each student’s final grade and a culminating Activity worth of 15% of the final grade. The examination covers the overall expectations of the entire course.

3 hours
Total 110 hours