Canadian and International Politics (CPW 4U)

Course Overview

Course Title: Canadian and International Politics
Course Code: CPW 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 explores various perspectives on issues in Canadian and world politics. Students will explore 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. Students 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.

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 national and international political importance;
  • Developing Transferable Skills: apply in everyday contexts skills developed through investigations related to politics, and identify various careers in which a background in political studies might be an asset.

Political Foundations
  • Political Inquiry: use the political inquiry process and the concepts of political thinking when investigating issues, events, and developments of national and international political importance;
  • Developing Transferable Skills: apply in everyday contexts skills developed through investigations related to politics, and identify various careers in which a background in political studies might be an asset.

Governments and Canadian and International Politics
  • The International Influence of Governments: analyse how strategies/practices used by a state or states can affect the policies and status of other states
  • Intergovernmental Cooperation: demonstrate an understanding of the role of intergovernmental cooperation in international politics
  • Canadian Government Policies and International Relations: analyse Canada’s foreign policy objectives and factors that affect them.
Non-Government Action on Canadian and International Political Issues
  • Fundamentals of International Law: explain the legal importance of various key principles and issues in international law;
  • Development of International Law: analyse how various factors
  • Civic Awareness and Responsibility: analyse the role of civic awareness and responsibility among citizens and non-governmental stakeholders in the national and international community
  • Challenges and Strategies: demonstrate an understanding of key challenges relating to various issues of national and global political importance and of the strategies and effectiveness of various non-governmental stakeholders, including NGOs, in addressing them
  • Contributions to the Global Community: assess the importance of the contributions of individuals and other non-governmental stakeholders to national and global communities.
Rights and Power in the International Community
  • Influence, Power, and Decision Making: demonstrate an understanding of how power is distributed and exercised in Canada and other countries, and of factors that affect its distribution
  • Technology and Globalization: assess the influence of globalization and technology on Canadian and international politics
  • Human Rights at Home and Abroad: explain violations of human rights in Canada and abroad as well as the role of Canadian and international laws, institutions, and processes in the protection of human rights.

Unit Overview

Unit 1: Political Foundations25 hours
Unit 2: Governments and Canadian Politics25 hours
Unit 3: Non-Government Action on Canadian and International Issues25 hours
Unit 4: Rights and Powers of the International Community25 hours
Unit 5: Culminating Activity
10 hours
Total Hours110 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