Analyzing Current Economic Issues (CIA 4U)

Course Overview

Course Title: Analyzing Current Economic Issues
Course Code: CIA 4U
Grade: 12
Course Type: University
Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite: Any University or University/College (Mixed) preparation course in Canada and World Studies, English or Social Science and Humanities
Department: Canadian and World Studies
Tuition Fee (CAD): $639

This course examines current Canadian and international economic issues, developments, policies, and practices from diverse perspectives. Students will explore the decisions that individuals and institutions, including governments, make in response to economic issues such as globalization, trade agreements, economic inequalities, regulation, and public spending. Students will apply the concepts of economic thinking and the economic inquiry process, as well as economic models and theories, to investigate, and develop informed opinions about, economic trade-offs, growth, and sustainability and related economic issues.

Overall Curriculum Expectations

By the end of the course, students will gain proficiency in the following areas:

Economic Inquiry and Skill Development
  • Economic Inquiry: use the economic inquiry process and the concepts of economic thinking when investigating current Canadian and international economic issues;
  • Developing Transferable Skills: apply in everyday contexts skills developed through economic investigation, and identify various careers in which a background in economics might be an asset.

Fundamentals of Economics
  • Scarcity and Choice: demonstrate an understanding of the significance of the concept of scarcity and how it influences economic choices and decisions of various economic stakeholders (FOCUS ON: Economic Significance; Stability and Variability)
  • Supply and Demand Models: demonstrate an understanding of supply and demand models, including how to apply these models, and of factors that affect supply and demand
  • Growth and Sustainability: analyse aspects of economic growth/development, including its costs, benefits, and sustainability
  • Economic Thought and Decision Making: analyse how economic and political ideas and various sociocultural factors affect economic decision making

Firms, Markets, and Economic Stakeholders
  • The Firm and Market Structures: demonstrate an understanding of markets and theories of the firm
  • Economic Trade-Offs and Decisions: analyse economic trade-offs from the perspective of different stakeholders, including those in different countries, and how trade-offs influence economic decisions
  • The Role of Government in Redressing Imbalance: explain ways in which governments, both in Canada and internationally, intervene in the economy to help address social needs and economic imbalances
Macroeconomics
  • Macroeconomic Models and Measures: demonstrate an understanding of various macroeconomic models and measures, including indicators used to measure economic inequalities, and assess their usefulness
  • Fiscal Policy: demonstrate an understanding of fiscal policy in Canada, including how it is shaped and its impact
  • Monetary Policy: analyse various aspects of monetary policy in Canada and their impact on the economy
Global Interdependence and Inequalities
  • Theories and Models of International Trade: analyse various theories, models, and issues relating to international trade
  • International Economic Developments: analyse the impact of some key international economic events and developments as well as various responses to them
  • International Economic Power and Inequality: explain the main causes and effects of global economic disparities and assess the effectiveness of responses to these disparities.

Unit Overview

Unit 1: Research5 hours
Unit 2: Economic Decision Making25 hours
Unit 3: Economic Stakeholder25 hours
Unit 4: Self-Interest and Interdependence 25 hours
Unit 5: Economic Institution and the Work They Do25 hours
Unit 6: Culminating Activity
10 hours
Total Hours115 hours
Teaching and Learning Strategies

Enthusiastic teachers and instructors bring unique teaching and assessment methods to the classroom because students learn best when they are engaged in a range of different learning techniques. The activities allow students to apply learned concepts to current world social, economic, and environmental issues which impact daily life. Opportunities to relate knowledge and skills to these wider contexts will motivate students to learn in a meaningful way and to become life-long learners. Instructors also inspire students to become successful problem solvers by investigating, providing alternative reasoning and solutions to problems as well as dedicating time and energy to the tasks at hand.

Effective instructional techniques utilize students’ existing knowledge and by capturing their interest and engaging in meaningful participation. Students will be engaged when they are able to see the correlation between the learned concepts and their ability to apply them to the world around them and in real-life situations. Students will have the chance to learn using a wide range of methods which include self-learning, cooperative learning as well as learning through teacher guidance as well has hands-on experiences. The methods and strategies teachers implement will be tailored to the learning requirements and the individual needs of the students. Teachers will achieve effective instruction in an online environment by using videos, interactive animations and virtual labs and discussion forums and video conferencing/live chat.

Individualized Accommodations for Students

Our methodology for student assessment follows the Growing Success Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario Schools First Edition, Covering Grades 1 to 12 (2010) manual published by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Assessment is the process of gathering information that accurately reflects how well a student is achieving the curriculum expectations in a subject or course. Assessment tools are designed to improve student learning which includes descriptive feedback, coaching, observations and self-assessments. In addition, student can be independent and set individual goals, monitor progress against these goals, determine next steps and reflect on their thinking and learning.

For a student with special education needs who requires modified or alternative expectations, assessment and evaluation of his or her achievement will be based on the modified curriculum expectations or alternative expectations outlined in the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). Accommodations required to facilitate the student’s learning may be identified by the teacher, however recommendations from a School Board generated in the form of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) should be used, if available. 


For a student with special education needs who requires “accommodations only”, as described in his or her IEP, assessment and evaluation of achievement will be based on the appropriate subject/ grade/course curriculum expectations and the achievement levels outlined in the curriculum documents.

A student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) describes his or her educational program and any accommodations that may be required. The IEP specifies whether the student requires:
accommodations only; or
modified learning expectations, with the possibility of accommodations;

Assessment accommodations are changes in procedures that enable the student to demonstrate his
or her learning. These may include:
visual supports to clarify verbal instructions, assistive devices, or some form of human support;
alternative methods for the student to demonstrate his or her achievement of expectations (e.g., allowing the student to take tests orally) or the allowance of extra time to complete the assessment;
alternative settings that may be more suitable for the student to demonstrate his or her learning.

If accommodations are required to assess and evaluate student learning, the strategies to be used are outlined in the student’s IEP.
For further details about the different types of accommodations, modified learning expectation and alternative programs please refer to Growing Success Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario Schools First Edition, Covering Grades 1 to 12 (2010)

Materials Required

Standard Computer Requirements for all courses:
-Processor speed of 2 GHz or faster
-Memory of 4 GB RAM or greater
-A high speed internet connection with a connection speed of 10 MB/s or better.
-Monitor and video card with 1024×768 or greater resolution
-Keyboard and Mouse is recommended
-Speakers/Headphones