Course Title: Issues in Canadian Geography, Grade 9
Course Code: CGC 1P
Course Type: Applied
Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite: None required
Department: Social Studies and Humanities
Tuition Fee (CAD): $529
The course focuses on current geographic issues that affect Canadians. Students will draw on their personal and everyday experiences as they explore issues relating to food and water supplies, competing land uses, interactions with the natural environment, and other topics relevant to sustainable living in Canada. They will also develop awareness that issues that affect their lives in Canada are interconnected with issues in other parts of the world. Throughout the course, students will use the concepts of geographic thinking, the geographic inquiry process, and spatial technologies to guide and support their investigations.
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
- Natural Processes and Human Activity: analyse some interactions between physical processes, events, and phenomena and human activities in Canada
- Influence of the Natural Environment on Human Activity: explain how physical processes and the natural environment influence human activity in Canada
- Characteristics of Canada’s Natural Environment: describe some natural processes and key characteristics of the natural environment in Canada
Managing Canada’s Resources and Industries
- Managing Resources: assess the influence of personal choices and community actions on the use of natural resources in Canada
- Canadian Industries: describe the economic, environmental, social, and political significance of selected aspects of Canada’s resources and industries
- The Use of Natural Resources: describe the distribution and use of selected natural resources in Canada
- Population Trends and Their Impacts: assess the impact on Canadian communities of changes in the characteristics of Canada’s population, and describe ways of responding to these changes
- Immigration Trends: analyse recent immigration trends in Canada
- Population Characteristics: describe key characteristics of population settlements in Canada and the major demographic characteristics of the Canadian population
- Sustainable Communities: identify factors that affect the sustainability of communities, and describe strategies for improving their sustainability
- Impacts of Land Use: analyse impacts of land use in Canada on communities and the natural environment
- Patterns of Land Use: describe patterns of land use in their local community
|Unit 1: Why is Canada Special?|
You will learn to apply some specific geographic skills and tools as you learn about the forces that shape and change Canada, the various natural characteristics and human activities of different regions in Canada, and how all of these interact and help explain why we live where we live in Canada. You will learn some tips on how to read and interpret maps and graphs. You will investigate Canada’s National Park system to gain a deeper understanding of Canada’s differing landscapes and how humans interact with our natural systems. You will conduct an inquiry about the natural characteristics found in your own community or local region.
|Unit 2: Natural Disasters|
You will learn about the various types of natural events that occur in Canada. You will develop a criteria to judge when a natural event becomes a natural disaster. You will investigate various types of natural disasters using infographics and a federally run database. You will learn about the impact that climate change is having on natural disasters and what different levels of governments and individuals are doing to minimize this impact.
|Unit 3: Resources and Industries|
You will learn about Canada’s natural resources and industrial sectors. You will learn about the various resources that are used to create everyday items that you use. You will investigate the issues around access to freshwater in Canada. You will also investigate issues around the importance of energy production to Canada and the role that individuals and governments play in minimizing the impact this sector has on the environment. You will create an infographic that explains the minerals that are used to create various sporting equipment. You will also begin to assess your own learning skills while you investigate various jobs that are connected to the resource sector and the environment.
|Unit 4: Changing Populations|
You will learn about demographics, the study of human population, and how that research helps governments and businesses predict future trends and make necessary changes. You will investigate a number of issues related to changes in Canada’s population characteristics, including our aging population, migration patterns both within Canada and to Canada, and benefits and tensions from cultural diversity. You will look at how these changing population patterns and related issues may have an impact on your community now or in the future.
|Unit 5: Livable Communities|
You will learn about and investigate liveable communities. At the end of the unit, you will create a personal plan of action for something that you can do to make your community more liveable; more sustainable. When you see Change Makers, take a moment to stop and listen to the voices and their message of hope. The ideas of these people will help you as you progress through these activities and begin to think about your own personal plan of action for something that you can do to make your community more liveable; more sustainable. You will also conduct an inquiry into land use conflict in your own community.
|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.
|Total Hours||110 hours|