Course Title: Civics and Citizenship, Grade 10
Course Code: CHV 2O
Course Type: Open
Credit Value: 0.5
Prerequisite: None required
Department: Guidance and Career Education
Tuition Fee (CAD): $449
This course explores rights and responsibilities associated with being an active citizen in a democratic society. Students will explore issues of civic importance such as healthy schools, community planning, environmental responsibility, and the influence of social media, while developing their understanding of the role of civic engagement and of political processes in the local, national, and/or global community. Students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate, and express informed opinions about, a range of political issues and developments that are both of significance in today’s world and of personal interest to them.
Overall Curriculum Expectations
By the end of the course, students will gain proficiency in the following areas:
Political Inquiry and Skill Development
- Political Inquiry: use the political inquiry process and the concepts of political thinking when investigating issues, events, and developments of civic importance;
- Developing Transferable Skills: apply in everyday contexts skills developed through investigations related to civics and citizenship education, and identify some careers in which civics and citizenship education might be an asset.
- Civic Issues, Democratic Values: describe beliefs and values associated with democratic citizenship in Canada, and explain how they are related to civic action and to one’s position on civic issues
- Governance in Canada: explain, with reference to a range of issues of civic importance, the roles and responsibilities of various institutions, structures, and figures in Canadian governance
- Rights and Responsibilities: analyse key rights and responsibilities associated with citizenship, in both the Canadian and global context, and some ways in which these rights are protected
Civic Engagement and Action
- Civic Contributions: analyse a variety of civic contributions, and ways in which people can contribute to the common good
- Inclusion and Participation: assess ways in which people express their perspectives on issues of civic importance and how various perspectives, beliefs, and values are recognized and represented in communities in Canada
- Personal Action on Civic Issues: analyse a civic issue of personal interest and develop a plan of action to address it
|Unit 1: In Your Community|
To help you understand these civic issues, you will need to take some time to learn about the difference between facts and opinions. You will also have an opportunity to look at some civic role models who hopefully will inspire and challenge you to think about ways that you can become more involved in civic life. In fact, you will have a chance to reflect on the ways in which you may already be making a political statement or participating in civic activities in your day-to-day life.
|Unit 2: Taking a Stand|
You will investigate the roles of certain stakeholder groups and find out how they have an impact on people and government decisions. An introduction to Canada’s political parties will help you understand some of their differing positions on various issues. After that, it’s time to learn about the various ways that citizens try to influence their government-through actions such as voting, campaigning, and protesting. In your Culminating Activity for this unit, you’ll be asked to create your very own “how-to” manual that could be used by other citizens who want to create change on a specific civic issue.
|Unit 3: Global Civics|
ou’ll begin by responding to a social media video that addresses a civic issue of interest. Next, you’ll learn about Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms and study a famous case involving a student who was searched for drugs while on school property. After discussing the case with your classmates, you’ll write a portfolio reflection on which section of the Charter is most important to you on a personal level. From there, you’ll turn your attention to human rights, and you’ll analyse some of the ways in which individuals and groups respond when their rights are violated. Next, you’ll shift your focus from rights to responsibilities, looking at the key responsibilities associated with Canadian citizenship.
|Unit 4: Culminating Project|
Your focus will be on objectives and results while assessing the degree of change that comes with action.
You will be faced with many civic issues throughout your lifespan but the analytical skills and critical thinking you have developed here will help you work through these issues as you continue to be an informed, involved, and responsible citizen.
|Total Hours||55 hours|