Welcome to the Mackenzie Social Science Department!

The Social Science A Office is located on the second floor in the Social Science hallway.

Contact us at 416 395 3330 x20085

The Social Science B Office is also located on the second floor in the Social Science hallway.

Contact us at 416 395 3330 x20075

ACL: Ms. Knebel

Social Science

 

Courses Offered:

Grade 9 Courses

Course Title: Geography of Canada, Academic

Course Code: CGC1D1

Description: This course explores Canada’s distinct and changing character and the geographic systems and relationships that shape it. Students will investigate the interactions of natural and human systems within Canada, as well as Canada’s economic, cultural, and environmental connections to other countries. Students will use a variety of geotechnologies and inquiry and communication methods to analyse and evaluate geographic issues and present their findings. Prerequisite: None

Course Title: Geography of Canada, Applied

Course Code: CGC1P1

Description: This course focuses on geographic issues that affect Canadians today. Students will draw on personal and everyday experiences as they learn about Canada’s distinct and changing character and the natural and human systems and global influences that shape the country. Students will use a variety of geotechnologies and inquiry and communication methods to examine practical geographic questions and communicate their findings. Prerequisite: None

Grade 10 Courses

Course Title: Canadian History Since World War I, Academic

Course Code: CHC2D1

Description: This course explores the local, national, and global forces that have shaped Canada’s national identity from World War I to the present. Students will investigate the challenges presented by economic, social, and technological changes and explore the contributions of individuals and groups to Canadian culture and society during this period. Students will use critical-thinking and communication skills to evaluate various interpretations of the issues and events of the period and to present their own points of view. Prerequisite: None

Course Title: Canadian History Since World War I, Applied

Course Code: CHC2P1

Description: This course explores some of the pivotal events and experiences that have influenced the development of Canada’s identity as a nation from World War I to the present. By examining how the country has responded to economic, social, and technological changes and how individuals and groups have contributed to Canadian culture and society during this period, students will develop their ability to make connections between historical and current events. Students will have opportunities to formulate questions, locate information, develop informed opinions, and present ideas about the central issues and events of the period. Prerequisite: None

Course Title: Civics (0.5 Credit)

Course Code: CHV2O1

Description: This course explores what it means to be an informed, participating citizen in a democratic society. Students will learn about the elements of democracy in local, national, and global contexts, about political reactions to social change, and about political decision-making processes in Canada. They will explore their own and others’ ideas about civics questions and learn how to think critically about public issues and react responsibly to them. Prerequisite: None

Course Title: Careers (0.5 Credit)

Course Code: GLC2O

Description: This course teaches students how to develop and achieve personal goals for future learning, work, and community involvement. Students will assess their interests, skills, and characteristics and investigate current economic and workplace trends, work opportunities, and ways to search for work. The course explores post-secondary learning and career options, prepares students for managing work and life transitions, and helps students focus on their goals through the development of a career plan. Prerequisite: None

Grade 11 Courses

Course Title: World History to the End of the Fifteenth Century, University/College Preparation

Course Code: CHW3M1

Description: This course investigates the history of humanity from earliest times to the sixteenth century. Students will analyse diverse societies from around the world, with an emphasis on the political, cultural, and economic structures and historical forces that have shaped the modern world. They will apply historical inquiry, critical thinking, and communication skills to evaluate the influence of selected individuals, groups, and innovations and to present their own conclusions. Prerequisite: Canadian History Since World War I, Grade 10, Academic or Applied.

Course Title: Understanding Canadian Law, University/College Preparation

Course Code: CLU3M1

Description: This course explores Canadian law with a focus on legal issues that are relevant to people’s everyday lives. Students will investigate fundamental legal concepts and processes to gain a practical understanding of Canada’s legal system, including the criminal justice system. Students will use critical-thinking, inquiry, and communication skills to develop informed opinions on legal issues and apply this knowledge in a variety of ways and settings, including case analysis, legal research projects, mock trials, and debates. Prerequisite: Canadian History Since World War I, Grade 10, Academic or Applied.

Course Title: World Religions: Beliefs, Issues, and Religious Traditions, University/College Preparation

Course Code: HRT3M1

Description: This course enables students to discover what others believe and how they live, and to appreciate their own unique heritage. Students will learn about the teachings and traditions of a variety of religions, the connections between religion and the development of civilizations, the place and function of religion in human experience, and the influence of a broad range of religions on contemporary society. This course also introduces students to skills used in researching and investigating. Prerequisite: None

Course Title: Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology, University/College Preparation

Course Code: HSP3U1/HSP3C1

Description: This course introduces the theories, questions, and issues that are the major concerns of anthropology, psychology, and sociology. Students will develop an understanding of the way social scientists approach the topics they study and research methods they employ. Students will be given opportunities to explore theories from a variety of perspectives and to become familiar with current thinking on a range of issues that have captured the interest of classical and contemporary social scientists in the three disciplines. world religions. Prerequisite: None

Grade 12 Courses

Course Title: The Environment and Resource Management, University/College Preparation

Course Code: CGR4M1

Description: This course investigates the complexity and fragility of ecosystems and the pressures human activities place on them. Students will examine ecological processes, the principles of sustainability, and strategies for resource management, with a focus on the challenges of environmental degradation and resource depletion. Students will use geotechnologies and skills of geographic inquiry to explain and evaluate various approaches to achieving a more sustainable relationship between people and their environment. Prerequisite: Any University or University/College or College Preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities.

Course Title: World Issues: Cities of the World, College Preparation

Course Code: CGW4C1

Description: This course examines the global challenges of creating a sustainable and equitable future, focusing on current issues that illustrate these challenges. Students will investigate a range of topics, including cultural, economic, and geopolitical relationships, regional disparities in the ability to meet basic human needs, and protection of the natural environment. Students will use geotechnologies and skills of geographic inquiry and analysis to develop and communicate balanced opinions about the complex issues facing Canada and a world that is interdependent and constantly changing. Prerequisite: Academic or Applied Grade 9 Geography.

Course Title: World History since the 15th Century, University Preparation

Course Code: CHY4U1

Description: This course investigates the major trends in Western civilization and world history from the sixteenth century to the present. Students will learn about the interaction between the emerging West and other regions of the world and about the development of modern social, political, and economic systems. They will use critical-thinking and communication skills to investigate the historical roots of contemporary issues and present their conclusions. Prerequisite: Any University or University/College Preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities.

Course Title: Canadian and International Law, University Preparation

Course Code: CLN4U1

Description: This course examines elements of Canadian and international law in social, political, and global contexts. Students will study the historical and philosophical sources of law and the principles and practices of international law and will learn to relate them to issues in Canadian society and the wider world. Students will use critical thinking and communication skills to analyse legal issues, conduct independent research, and present the results of their inquiries in a variety of ways. Prerequisite: Any University or University/College Preparation course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities.

Course Title: Families in Canada, University/College Preparation 

Course Code: HHS4U1/HHS4C1

Description: This course applies current theories and research from the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, and sociology to the study of individual development, family behaviour, intimate and parent–child relationships, and the ways in which families interact within the diverse Canadian society. Students will learn the interpersonal skills required to contribute to the well-being of families, and the investigative skills required to conduct and evaluate research about individuals and families. Prerequisite: Any University, University/ College, or College Preparation Course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies

Course Title: Philosophy: Questions and Theories, University Preparation 

Course Code: HZT4U1 

Description: This course addresses three (or more) of the main areas of philosophy: metaphysics, logic, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, and aesthetics. Students will learn critical-thinking skills, the main ideas expressed by philosophers from a variety of the world’s traditions, how to develop and explain their own philosophical ideas, and how to apply those ideas to contemporary social issues and personal experiences. The course will also help students refine skills used in researching and investigating topics in philosophy. Prerequisite: Any University or University/ College Preparation Course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies

Course Title: Personal Life Management

Course Code: HIP4O1 

Description: This course focuses on preparing students for living independently and working successfully with others. Students will learn to manage their personal resources to meet their basic needs for food, clothing, and housing. They will also learn about their personal, legal, and financial responsibilities and develop and apply interpersonal skills in order to make wise and responsible personal and occupational choices. Students will apply research and inquiry skills while investigating topics related to personal life management. The course emphasizes the achievement of expectations through practical experiences. Prerequisite: None

 

Teachers:

Mr. John Cade

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Started teaching at Mackenzie in 1999.

Education

  • Hon.B.A. at York University
  • PEP in U.S.A

Office Location:  Social Science Office B

Ms. Jennifer Covent

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Started teaching at Mackenzie in 2003.

Education

  • B.Ed. at York University
  • Hon.B.A. at York University
  • M.Ed. at University of Toronto

Office Location:  Languages and ESL Office

Ms. Yolanda Elso-Ponzo

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Guidance Counsellor

Started teaching at Mackenzie in 2007.

Education

  • Hon.B.A. at University of Toronto
  • M.A. (History) at University of Toronto
  • B.Ed. at OISE, University of Toronto

Office Location:  Student Services

Mr. Howard Freedman

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Started teaching at Mackenzie in 2005.

Education

  • B.Comm. at University of Toronto
  • B.Ed. at OISE, University of Toronto

Office Location:  Computers Office

Ms. Brandi Goldman

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Started teaching at Mackenzie in 2016.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Hons., York University, Ontario
  • Bachelor of Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

Office Location:  Music Office

Ms. Julie Gourley

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Started teaching at Mackenzie in 1999.

Education

  • Hon.B.A. at Univeristy of Guelph
  • B.Ed. at OISE, University of Toronto

Office Location:  Social Science Office A

Ms. Wendy Knebel

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ACL of Canadian and World Studies and the Humanities

Started teaching at Mackenzie in 2000.

Education

  • B.A. Joint Honours Specialist/History, English at University of Toronto
  • B.Ed. at OISE, University of Toronto

Office Location:  Social Science Office B

Ms. Willa Lee

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Started teaching at Mackenzie in.

Education

  • B.A. at McMaster University
  • Hon.B.A. at McMaster University
  • B.Ed. at OISE, University of Toronto
  • M.A. at Royal Roads University

Office Location:  Social Science Office A

Ms. Julie Levy

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Started teaching at Mackenzie in 2004.

Education

  • Hon.B.A. at York University
  • B.Ed. at OISE, University of Toronto

Office Location: Social Sciences

Mr. David Nemerofsky

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Started teaching at Mackenzie in 1992.

Education

  • B. Sc. at University of Toronto
  • M.A. at University of Toronto
  • B. Ed. at University of Windsor

Office Location:  Social Science Office B

Mr. Edward Watt

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Started teaching at Mackenzie in 1993.

Education

  • B.A. at York University
  • B.Ed. at York University

Office Location:  Social Science Office B