Course Title: Issues in Canadian Geography, Grade 9
Course Code: CGC 1D
Course Type: Academic
Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite: None required
Department: Social Studies and Humanities
Tuition Fee (CAD): $529
This course examines interrelationships within and between Canada’s natural and human systems and how these systems interconnect with those in other parts of the world. Students will explore environmental, economic, and social geographic issues relating to topics such as transportation options, energy choices, and urban development. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate various geographic issues and to develop possible approaches for making Canada a more sustainable place in which to live.
Overall Curriculum Expectations
By the end of the course, students will gain proficiency in the following areas:
Geographical Inquiry and Skill Development
- Geographic Inquiry: use the geographic inquiry process and the concepts of geographic thinking when investigating issues relating to Canadian geography;
- Developing Transferable Skills: apply in everyday contexts skills, including spatial technology skills, developed through the investigation of Canadian geography, and identify some careers in which a background in geography might be an asset
Interactions in the Physical Environment
- The Physical Environment and Human Activities: analyse various interactions between physical processes, phenomena, and events and human activities in Canada
- Interrelationships between Physical Systems, Processes, and Events: analyse characteristics of various physical processes, phenomena, and events affecting Canada and their interrelationship with global physical systems
- The Characteristics of Canada’s Natural Environment: describe various characteristics of the natural environment and the spatial distribution of physical features in Canada, and explain the role of physical processes, phenomena, and events in shaping them
Managing Canada’s Resources and Industries
- The Sustainability of Resources: analyse impacts of resource policy, resource management, and consumer choices on resource sustainability in Canada
- The Development of Resources: analyse issues related to the distribution, availability, and development of natural resources in Canada from a geographic perspective
- Industries and Economic Development: assess the relative importance of different industrial sectors to the Canadian economy and Canada’s place in the global economy, and analyse factors that influence the location of industries in these sectors
- Population Issues: analyse selected national and global population issues and their implications for Canada
- Immigration and Cultural Diversity: describe the diversity of Canada’s population, and assess some social, economic, political, and environmental implications of immigration and diversity for Canada
- Demographic Patterns and Trends: analyse patterns of population settlement and various demographic characteristics of the Canadian population
- The Sustainability of Human Systems: analyse issues relating to the sustainability of human systems in Canada
- Impacts of Urban Growth: analyse impacts of urban growth in Canada
- Characteristics of Land Use in Canada: analyse characteristics of land use in various Canadian communities, and explain how some factors influence land-use patterns.
|Unit 1: Introduction to Canadian Geography|
Your experience with grade 7 and 8 Social Studies will put you in a great place to begin studying Issues in Canadian Geography and in particular this first unit. Here you will begin your transformation into a geographer, but first you must learn how geographers think!
|Unit 2: Interactions in the Physical Environment|
Many people think of the physical environment when they think of geography. They think of mountains, rivers, glaciers, climate, weather, vegetation and soil. But it is more than that! In addition, we need to know how these elements interact with each other, and how they impact the lives of the people who live in that natural environment!
|Unit 3: Managing Canada’s Resources and Industries|
How different are your “needs” from your “wants”? This is a good question to consider as we move into a unit that is devoted to our natural resources and the industries that utilize them. It may sound cliché, but we cannot survive without clean water and food. We cannot enjoy our Canadian lifestyle without vast energy resources. Many of our resources are not renewable; once we use them they are gone for the foreseeable future. It is also true that our resources are one of the most powerful ways we are connected to other parts of the world, either by buying consumer goods or by selling raw natural resources. Let’s get started by looking at one of your “wants.”
|Unit 4: Changing Populations|
In this unit, you will explore demographics. This branch of geography is the study of changing human populations. You will learn what data a demographer needs in order to understand the patterns and trends of a given population. Armed with this data, public and private organizations can plan for a sustainable future. You will be introduced to three issues that can be seen on both the global and national stages. Canada faces challenges in providing seniors, aboriginals, immigrants, and refugees with the kind of quality of life Canada is known for. How will you recommend we should proceed to resolve these issues?
|Unit 5: Livable Communities|
Canada is a great country! But could it be even better? Could we grow our cities in a way that is more sustainable? More liveable? Are there other communities in Canada that we can learn from? In this last unit, you will consider how “greening” our communities might be the way to sustainability and liveability for more Canadians!
|Unit 6: Culminating Activity |
Throughout the course, you have been busy collecting newspaper articles and completing issue analysis frameworks. The final unit will complete the course and it consists of three parts:
– Part 1: Issue Analysis
– Part 2: Annotated G.I.S. Map of Canadian Issues
– Part 3: Research Paper: Canada’s Most Vital Issue
|Total Hours||110 hours|