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COURSE OUTLINE:
In this course, students will address the challenge of creating a more sustainable and equitable world. They will explore issues involving a wide range of topics, including economic disparities, threats to the environment, globalization, human rights, and quality of life, and will analyse government policies, international agreements, and individual responsibilities relating to them. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including the use of spatial technologies, to investigate these complex issues and their impacts on natural and human communities around the world. Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities. (https://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/secondary/2015CWS11and12.pdf)


COURSE WORK:
The four concepts of geographic thinking and learning are common to all courses in Canada and World Studies. Students will recognize and further develop skills for which the foundation was created in grade 9 Geography and grade 10 Civics and History. The Inquiry Model, critical thinking and citizenship will be practiced throughout the course themes.
THEMES
Contemporary issues will be the focus of each theme ie: hunger, migration, conflict, empowerment, aid ...
INQUIRY MODEL
(https://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/secondary/2015CWS11and12.pdf)
FOUR CONCEPTS OF GEOGRAPHIC THINKING
These are integrated into the analysis of the THEMES studied through the INQUIRY MODEL
RELATIONSHIPS AND DISPARITIES
(natural resources, population, classification of regions)

SUSTAINABILITY AND STEWARDSHIP
(strategies, population growth, caring for the commons)

INTERACTIONS AND INTERDEPENDENCE:
GLOBALIZATION
(trade and immigration, impacts and management, characteristics and driving forces)

SOCIAL CHANGE AND QUALITY OF LIFE
(leadership and policy, agents of change, continuing challenges)
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SPATIAL SIGNIFICANCE
(determine the importance of a place or region; explore connections that exist between the geographical location and physical characteristics of a site; analyse unique relationships that exist in and between the natural and human environments in a particular place; understand that the significance of the same place may be different for humans, animals, and plants.)

PATTERNS AND TRENDS
(recognize patterns and trends in a natural or human environment ; analyse connections between characteristics to determine patterns; analyse connections between characteristics to determine trends.)

INTERRELATIONSHIPS
(explore connections within and between natural and human environments; understand the relationships that exist within a system; critically analyse the relationships between systems determine the impact they have on one another.)

GEOGRAPHIC PERSPECTIVE
(consider the environmental, economic, political, and/or social implications of the issues, events, developments, and/or phenomena; develop their ability to examine issues from multiple perspectives.)


ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION:
Daily class work will require daily active participation, up-to-date awareness of current events, collaboration in small and large groups, daily formative assessments of learning skills, geographic thinking and skills acquisition and summative evaluations.


Your Report Card Grade will be determined as follows:
Your final grade will be calculated by combining your Term (70%) grade and your Exam and Performance Task Evaluations (30%). A Fifth Week report will be issued to students experiencing difficulty, a Mid-term Progress Report will be issued to all students, a15th Week reports will be issued to students earning a mark below 60% and a Final Report will be issued to all students.


Term work:
70% of your grade will be based on all of the evidence you have provided. It will reflect your most consistent level of achievement with special consideration given to more recent evidence.
14% Knowledge & Understanding: Emphasizes the ability to recall factual information, recognize fundamental concepts and the foundational skills of the subject/discipline.
21% Application: Emphasizes the application and integration of knowledge, skills, processes and techniques to produce evidence of the student’s understanding.
21% Thinking: Emphasizes the thinking skills used in thinking processes to demonstrate the student’s understanding of information they have processed.
14% Communication: Emphasizes the clear, precise and effective use of oral, written and visual language to communicate the student’s understanding of information and ideas.
Final Evaluation:
30% of your grade will be determined at the end of the course.
10% Performance Task
20% Written Exam
Learning Skills
Learning Skills will be assessed as they are relevant to course work.
(https://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/growSuccess.pdf)
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ACADEMIC STANDARDS:
It is your responsibility to provide evidence of your learning within established timelines. Due dates for assignments and the scheduling of tests will be communicated well in advance to allow you to schedule your time. If you aren’t going to be able to follow an agreed upon timeline you should demonstrate your responsibility and organizational skills by discussing with your teacher the challenges you’re facing as far in advance of the deadline as possible.
It is your responsibility to be academically honest in all aspects of your schoolwork so that the marks you receive are a true reflection of your achievement.
Plagiarism is using the words, ideas or work of someone else without giving appropriate credit to the original creator. This is a form of cheating.
Consequences for not meeting these academic standards may include:
· Reporting the issue to your parents;
· Requiring you to complete the original or alternative work after school or during your lunch hour;
· Requiring you to complete an alternative assignment;
· Suspension;
· Assigning a “zero” for an assignment not completed prior to an agreed upon closure date;
· Mark deduction of 5% / day.
THE SEVERITY OF THE PENALTY INCREASES IN GRADE 12!
NOTE: the complete HDSB policies and administrative procedures for “Lates and Missed Assignments” and “Cheating and Plagiarism” policies may be found at__www.hdsb.ca__