SOST 040 - Advanced Social Studies

Advanced Social Studies provides an analytic and critical approach to social science topics. The overall purpose is to encourage learners to explore society from many perspectives. It provides learners with a variety of conceptual tools to analyze and assess these perspectives. It allows learners to assemble these perspectives and articulate a point of view. It enables learners to revise their points of view through experiencing the different values and cultures of other people.


Hours: 120 (Lecture Hours: 120)


Prerequisites: One of
- “C” or higher in ENGL030 or higher
- “C” or higher in English 10 or higher
- Advanced Level Placement or higher on the CCP Assessment of English Skills


Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
I. Canadian History
II. Culture
III. Canadian Government, Law and Citizenship
IV. Economics


Learning Outcomes: General Outcomes
A. Identify sources of information from resource books, texts, periodicals, interviews as well as digital media.
B. Extract, summarize and report information from a variety of media.
C. Analyze information by finding main ideas, asking evocative questions and comparing main ideas with other material.
D. Demonstrate the ability to communicate through a variety of methods including essays, summaries, debates, maps, charts, graphs and presentations.
E. Clarify personal values and positions in society.
F. Distinguish between fact and opinion and identify statements that reflect consistent or contradictory views.
I. Canadian History
A. Review the history of Aboriginal people living in Canada.
B. Explain the effects of European settlement.
C. Identify Canada‘s international contributions from World War 1 to the present, including participation in peace keeping roles.
D. Describe major social, economic, and political changes within Canada and their impact including: The Great Depression, the evolution of women’s rights, technological advancement, globalization, and climate change.
II. Culture
A. Define multiculturalism and evaluate this term within a Canadian context, past and present.
B. Recognize different ethnic groups within Canada and review their contributions and challenges from 1900 to the present.
C. Distinguish between the distinct cultures and values of local Aboriginal groups.
D. Define racism, assimilation, inequity and integration.
E. Evaluate the social, political and economic contributors to the Canadian identity.
III. Canadian Government, Law and Citizenship
A. State the purpose and origins of government.
B. Identify political ideologies and Canadian political parties.
C. Describe major features of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
D. Outline the roles and responsibilities of each of the levels and branches of Federal, Provincial, Territorial, Municipal and Aboriginal governments in Canada.
E. Identify the rationale for law in a democratic society.
F. Outline the stages of passing a law.
G. List the avenues to affect change within the current political system.
IV. Economics
A. Identify micro and macroeconomic terms and concepts including: capital, labour, technology and transport.
B. Differentiate between needs and wants.
C. Describe supply and demand economics by giving a historical overview.
D. Provide examples of community and regional development and evaluate their benefits and challenges.
E. Identify issues in economics such as planning, taxation, government spending, free and fair trade practices and conserver society.
F. Identify current economic issues including globalization, climate change.


Grading System: Developmental Letter Grade


Passing Grade:  D (50%)


Textbooks: Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.