Elective Course Descriptions avi3O/M – Visual Art, Grade 11, Open and Mixed

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2018/19 Elective Course Descriptions

AVI3O/M – Visual Art, Grade 11, Open and Mixed


Everyone can be an artist! Whether you're a novice artist or the next art world sensation, learn to express yourself through a wide variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and mixed media. You'll explore fundamentals and techniques including perspective and colour theory, and share your creative vision to create paintings, assemblages, clothing, and more!


Prerequisite: None / Visual Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open

AVI4M – Visual Art, Grade 12, Mixed


From the art studio to the gallery wall, this course will explore art movements, including Surrealism, Pop Art, and Expressionism, build your technical skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture, and create your own masterpieces in a variety of traditional and new media. 


Prerequisite: AVI3M

ASM3O – Game Design: Media Studies, Grade 11, Open

This course examines games and gaming from a media arts perspective. From board games to tabletop roleplaying to live action roleplaying to—yes—video games, we will look at game theory, the creative and technological process of game design, and critical issues posed by games and gaming in society. We will examine what makes a game fun, the past, present, and future of game design, and the stories that games tell us about who we are.

Prerequisite: None

ASM4E – Game Design: Media Studies, Grade 12, Essential


Are you ready to level up? Grade 12 Media Arts: Game Design takes a deeper look at games and gaming from a media arts perspective. We will examine critical issues in game design, including game mechanics, dynamics, and aesthetics, storytelling, history, and controversies. This is a hands-on, participatory course where you’ll be playing games and creating a portfolio of your own game designs.


Prerequisite: ASM3O

AWQ3M – Photography and Digital Imaging, Grade 11, Mixed

Are you a shutterbug? Whether you want your work to hang in galleries or just wish you could take better selfies, Photography and Digital Imaging is a fun, hands-on course that will help you take great photos.

Prerequisite: None
AWQ4M - Photography and Digital Imaging, Grade 12, Mixed

Build your photography skills even further! In Photography and Digital Imaging, you’ll learn different tricks and techniques to make your photos shine and build a portfolio of creative and exciting work.

Prerequisite: AWQ3M

BBB4ME (Online) – International Business Fundamentals, Grade 12 Mixed

This course provides an overview of the importance of international business and trade in the global economy and explores the factors that influence success in international markets. Students will learn about the techniques and strategies associated with marketing, distribution, and managing international business effectively. This course prepares students for postsecondary programs in business, including international business, marketing, and management.

Prerequisite: None

CGF3M – Forces of Nature: Physical Processes & Disasters,

Grade 11, Mixed


In this course, students will explore physical processes related to the earth’s water, land, and air. They will investigate how these processes shape the planet’s natural characteristics and affect human systems, how they are involved in the creation of natural disasters, and how they influence the impacts of human disasters. Throughout the course, students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process and use spatial technologies to analyse these processes, make predictions related to natural disasters, and assess ways of responding to them.


Prerequisite: Issues in Canadian Geography, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

CGR4M – The Environment and Resource Management, Grade 12, Mixed


This course investigates interactions between natural and human systems, with a particular emphasis on the impacts of human activity on ecosystems and natural processes. Students will use the geographic inquiry process, apply the concepts of geographic thinking, and employ a variety of spatial skills and technologies to analyse these impacts and propose ways of reducing them. In the course of their investigations, they will assess resource management and sustainability practices, as well as related government policies and international accords. They will also consider questions of individual responsibility and environmental stewardship as they explore ways of developing a more sustainable relationship with the environment.


Prerequisite: Any university, mixed, or college preparation course

CHE3O1 – Origins: The History of Africa and its Peoples, Grade 11, Open


Africa is the birthplace of humanity and the mother of civilization. Archaeological, historical and scientific evidence tell us that civilizations of ancient Africa and people of African descent have been significant contributors to world history, geography, and human progress. In this course, students will critically learn about the history of Africa and people of African descent from ancient/pre-colonial times to the present day.  Students will analyze ancient African societies and cultures with particular regard to the social, economic, and religious structures and historical forces that formed these societies. Students will examine the influence of selected individuals and groups in Africa and the African Diaspora from ancient to present times whose innovations, inventions and ideas have profoundly influenced world history, including Ancient Egypt and figures such as Queen Nzingha, Marcus Garvey and Nelson Mandela.


Prerequisite: Canadian History since World War I, Grade 10, Academic or Applied, or the locally developed compulsory course (LDCC) in Canadian history

CHY4U – World History since the 15th Century, Grade 12, University


The reformation, the enlightenment, the age of revolution...the civilization you belong to is no accident or random fluke. It is the product of centuries of ideas and strife, sacrifice and invention, creativity and idealism. The things you take for granted were fought for and painfully achieved through a long historical process. Enjoy your cell phone? It may surprise you to learn that without the Industrial Revolution, there could be no internet. What's your favourite music video? Without the Renaissance, art as we know it would not exist. Don't like being told what to do or how to live your life? Without victory in the world wars, there could be no freedom. Without the scientific method, no space travel. The interconnectedness of all things will be the theme of this exploration into the amazing roots and branches and blossoms of modern western civilization. 


Prerequisite: Any university or mixed preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities

CLU3M – Understanding Canadian Law, Grade 11, Mixed

This course explores Canadian law, with a focus on legal issues that are relevant to the lives of people in Canada. Students will gain an understanding of laws relating to rights and freedoms in Canada; our legal system; and family, contract, employment, tort, and criminal law. Students will develop legal reasoning skills and will apply the concepts of legal thinking and the legal studies inquiry process when investigating a range of legal issues and formulating and communicating informed opinions about them.

Prerequisite: Canadian History since World War I, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

CLN4U – Law, Grade 12, University


This course explores a range of contemporary legal issues and how they are addressed  in both Canadian and international law. Students will develop an understanding of the principles of Canadian and international law and of issues related to human rights and freedoms, conflict resolution, and criminal, environmental, and workplace law, both in Canada and internationally. Students will apply the concepts of legal thinking and the legal studies inquiry process, and will develop legal reasoning skills, when investigating these and other issues in both Canadian and international contexts.

Prerequisite: Any university or mixed preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities.

CPW4U – Canadian and International Politics, Grade 12, University


This course explores issues in Canadian and world politics. You will look at political decision making and ways in which individuals, stakeholder groups, and various institutions, including governments, multinational corporations, and non-governmental organizations, respond to and work to address domestic and international issues. You will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate issues, events, and developments of national and international political importance, and to develop and communicate informed opinions about them.


Prerequisite: Any university or mixed preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities.

EPS3O1 – Presentation and Speaking Skills, Grade 11, Open


Sometimes you just want to hide from that someone (your teacher, most probably) who is always asking you to speak up. You resist most times because you are not sure you know how to ‘say’ something and you are concerned about how others will view you. This course will provide the safe space for you to develop confidence in how to start of the process of speaking effectively, because you will be among supportive peers who also want to learn to speak up or out.  Difficult issues like reading or expressing an opinion in class, or standing in front of the class presenting your work, will get easier as you practice, practice, practice.


Prerequisite: English Grade 10, Academic or Applied

EWC4U/C – The Writer’s Craft, Grade 12, University or College


Whether you find writing fun, or a drag, this course will get your creative juices flowing simply because it encourages you to let your imagination roam free even as you are ‘boxed’ into writing in specific formats such as journaling, essays, feature articles, short stories, poetry, humour (yes, we all have something amusing to say), script writing and story boarding, blogging, reporting – just the facts, not your opinion – although there is opinion writing, travel writing, and business writing … you get the picture.


Prerequisite: University - English 11 University

Prerequisite: College - English 11 College
HHG4M1 – Human Development through the Lifespan, Grade 12, Mixed


The social sciences of HSP3U/C so fascinated you that you want to learn more! Well, this course offers an overview of the many developmental stages from prenatal to later adulthood, and explains the physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional changes of both body and mind as we age. As well, there is a context for mental health issues and debilitating diseases. Through this course you will better understand yourself, your friends, your parents, your grandparents, and others who will flit in and out of your life.


Prerequisite: Any university, college, or mixed preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies

HIP4O – Organize Your Life! Finances, Health & Well-Being, Grade 12 Open


Everyone’s telling you to get your act together, pay your bills, and sort your life. But no one’s actually teaching you how to do it. This practical, hands-on course will. It focuses on preparing you to live independently by developing strategies to handle stress, your finances, nutrition and exercise. You will also learn about legal requirements for things such as rental agreements, home purchasing, and workplace rights and responsibilities. You will develop the interpersonal skills necessary to make informed choices and decisions as you transition to your adult life.


Prerequisite: None

HSB4U – Challenge and Change in Society, Grade 12, University


Our world moves rapidly and just when we think we’ve resolved a major challenge through change – think how we’ve moved from equality to equity – another challenge springs up and it’s back to the drawing board. This course, while grounded in social science theory, will help you understand the shifts in society that influence change, whether cultural, social, or behavioural. It will help you develop your own responses - difficult though it may seem - to face challenges in our society that (could) lead to fundamental change.


Prerequisite: Any university or mixed course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies.

HSC4ME (Online) – World Culture: The Global Potluck, Grade12 Mixed


World Cultures explores our identities—the art, religion, spirituality, philosophy, and beliefs that make us who we are. What does it mean to belong to a group, and why do these groups sometimes come into conflict? What can we do to make Canada a country that is welcoming to all? This is an online course with a compulsory in-class component. Every Monday, we will be meeting to cook a dish representing a different culture!


Prerequisite: Any university, college, or mixed course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies.

HSP3U/C – Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology, Grade 11, University and College


Before we started to understand the fascinating ways our mind works (psychology) based on how or why we behave the way we do (sociology), there was anthropology. This study of humanity provided us with a context about how we evolved to be the pretty amazing humans we are today. This course will give you a taste of the social sciences and, we hope, inspire you to want to learn more about how fascinating human life is.


Prerequisite:  University - The Grade 10 academic course in English, or the Grade 10 academic history course (Canadian and world studies)

Prerequisite: College - None

HZT4U – Philosophy: Questions & Theories, Grade 12, University


“I think; therefore, I am,” the English translation of Descartes’ supposition that the very nature of being able to think is proof that we exist. This is one of the many philosophical gems you will learn as you seek to understand and apply a philosophical theory or question to your arguments in the areas of metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, philosophy of science, social and political philosophy, and aesthetics. Don’t worry about what all these terms are right now! Once you learn them and use them, you too, will be able to say of a philosopher, “So that’s what I think they mean when they said this.”


Prerequisite: Any university or mixed course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies

RCR401 – Credit Recovery, Grade 12, Open


So, you failed a course or several courses. You don’t really want to repeat them even though you would like the credits. On the recommendation of the school administration, this course would enable you to recover the credits quickly with the emphasis on quickly.  If you already have a body of work completed and you just need to do a few more assignments for that credit, you could wrap it up with possibly only an ISU or and ISU and exam.


SES4U – Earth and Space Science, Grade 12, University


This course develops students’ understanding of Earth and its place in the universe. Students will investigate the properties of and forces in the universe and solar system and analyse techniques scientists use to generate knowledge about them. Students will closely examine the materials of Earth, its internal and surficial processes, and its geological history, and will learn how Earth’s systems interact and how they have changed over time. Throughout the course, students will learn how these forces, processes, and materials affect their daily lives. The course draws on biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics in its consideration of geological and astronomical processes that can be observed directly or inferred from other evidence.


Prerequisite: Science, Grade 10, Academic

SPH4U – Physics, Grade 12, University


This course enables students to deepen their understanding of physics concepts and

theories. Students will continue their exploration of energy transformations and the forces that affect motion, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation. Students will also explore the wave nature of light, quantum mechanics, and special relativity. They will further develop their scientific investigation skills, learning, for example, how to analyse, qualitatively and quantitatively, data related to a variety of physics concepts and principles. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.


Prerequisite: Physics, Grade 11, University

TGG3M – Print and Graphic Design, Grade 11, Mixed


Calling all creative types! In Print and Graphic Communications, take your imagination to the next level and unlock the magic of Photoshop and other digital imaging software to produce stunning graphics, logos, posters, magazines, and more.

 Prerequisite: None
TGG4M - Print and Graphic Design, Grade 12, Mixed


If you’re serious about graphic design, Print and Graphic Communications is the course for you! You’ll learn how to make incredible graphics using Photoshop, Illustrator, build a portfolio of your work, and even design your own projects to showcase your skills.

 Prerequisite: TGG3M

TGV3M – Film and TV Production, Grade 11, Mixed


Walk the red carpet with Film and Video Production! In this course, you’ll learn how to plan, shoot, and edit your own short films, produce convincing special effects and dynamic animations, and explore genre and apply film theory to tell compelling stories.

Prerequisite: None
TGV4M – Film and TV Production, Grade 12, Mixed


From pitching to filming to editing and special effects, Film and Video Production will teach you how to produce your own movies. This course will allow you to delve deeper into film theory and history, explore the magic of special effects and animation using Adobe AfterEffects, and experiment with camera gear and software to create exciting short films. Become the next great Hollywood director or YouTube sensation!

Prerequisite: TGV3M

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