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The Social Studies program at CDLI is taught by eTeachers, Ron Dawe and Ann Manning. They take a thorough approach to teaching the concepts that make up the curriculum. With the accelerating pace of change, today’s students cannot expect that facts learned in isolation will equip them for life. Problem solving, critical and creative thinking, and informed decision making are essential for success in the future. Social studies support the development of these critical attributes to prepare students to participate effectively in their community.

CDLI’s Social Studies Department offers the following eLearning courses

  • Canadian History 1201
  • Newfoundland Studies 2205
  • World Geography 3202
  • World History 3201

Canadian History 1201

Each theme in CH 1201 provides opportunities for students to understand the political, economic, social and cultural content in which history was unfolding. Students will define basic concepts and terms, and identify organizations and individuals and the chronology attached to these. However, the course attempts to go beyond the traditional recitation of places, names, events and dates. Students are asked to research background information, write biographical sketches, analyse political maps, assess political cartons, create charts, construct graphs, write letters, interpret poems, debate and discuss a range of issues and events ranging from the impact the Great Depression had on people’s attitudes toward government involvement in the economy to the events and emotions surrounding the Canada-USSR 1972 hockey series. The intent is that students will understand how the past has helped shape the present and will affect the future. Canadian History 1201, in accomplishing this overall goal, gives students the chance to build on Canada’s previous successes while avoiding her past mistakes.

The overall objective of the course is to encourage students to examine historical and current developments in society, and to make informed decisions as individuals and global citizens. A focus on developing and applying the processes of historical method is integrated throughout the course so that students can acquire some understanding and appreciation of history as well as the tools of historians.

Prerequisites: None

Overview of Class Delivery Structure

This course utilizes a variety of technologies such as the Polycom and Elive to facilitate communication between the teacher and the students.

Below is a description of the basic structure for the course:

  • Unit 1: Canada at the Turn of the 20th Century (1900-1914)
  • Unit 2: Canada in the First World War (1914-1919)
  • Unit 3: Interwar Period in Canada (1919-1939)
  • Unit 4: Canada, the Second World war and its Aftermath (1939-1945)
  • Unit 5: Canada Matures: Growth in the Post-War Period (1946-1968)
  • Unit 6: New Directions in Canada (1969 to Present)

Each theme is treated separately; however, for presentation and analysis they are interconnected. In order for students to see the ‘big picture’, links need to be drawn among the themes. The course themes are developed through a set of specific curriculum outcomes.

This course, designed for Level I students, is an interpretive history of major events in Canadian History throughout the twentieth century. Key events are examined and students will be expected to balance facts and evaluate. Key arguments will also be identified and analysed. The course encourages and promotes “critical thought”. As a result, writing, interpretation, synthesis, and evaluation are key components of the course. The course goes far beyond a mererecollection of events and dates. Interpretation of visuals (maps, charts, diagrams, cartoons,quotes) are also a critical part of the evaluation in this course. Students with strong literary and language skills, and who are capable of critical analysis will benefit most from this course.

Materials and Resources

  • CDLI provides all software needed for the course as well as hardware
  • eLearning content is accessible through our LMS
  • Text: Newfoundland and Labrador Studies: Selected Topics; (publisher) Government of NL, Dept. of Education.

Evaluation

Canadian History 1201 is a senior academic course for academically inclined students.

Evaluation will be as follows:
Unit Assignments: 15%
Unit Tests 30%
Portfolio 10%
Midterm Exam 15%
Final Comprehensive Exam 30%
100%

Each unit will be evaluated with assignment(s), a test, participation, and portfolio. The midterm will take place during the CDLI midterm schedule. It will cover Units 1 - 3. The final exam is a comprehensive exam based on the entire year’s work.

Career

This course is great for students who have an interest in History

Required

Not required for Post –Secondary

Newfoundland Studies 2205

In the Newfoundland & Labrador Studies 2205 course, students will examine the cultural heritage and history of our province, understand how it developed and its possible future directions. This will be accomplished through the blending of information from the social sciences and the arts. This combination of learning approaches allow students to increase their awareness and appreciation of our province’s identity.

The course is organized into four (4) units of study:

  • Unit 1 – Culture
  • Unit 2 – The Roots of Our Culture
  • Unit 3 – The Country Grows
  • Unit 4 – Towards the Future.

Prerequisites: None

Overview of Class Delivery Structure

Throughout the course students will be expected to complete and submit specific pieces of work related to the course content. It is imperative to student success that they complete each and every piece that is requested. To ensure a sense of fairness for all students, a set date will be assigned and ALL STUDENTS are expected to complete and submit the assigned work on or before the due date. If a student is unable to complete or submit the assigned work by the due date, they are required to notify the teacher BEFORE the due date as to the reason the work will not be submitted. If a student is unable to complete or submit assigned work by the due date, every attempt should be made to contact the e‐teacher to arrange a time for submission.

Materials and Resources

  • CDLI provides all software needed for the course as well as hardware
  • eLearning content is accessible through our LMS

Evaluation

Course Evaluation will be similar to the following:
- Work Samples ‐ 15%
- Assignments ‐ 20%
- Reports/Presentations ‐ 25%
- Unit Tests ‐ 25%
- Discussions ‐ 15%

Career

This course is great for students who have an interest in Newfoundland

Required

Not required for Post –Secondary

World Geography 3202

Geography 3202 promotes an understanding and appreciation of how major physical, climatic, biotic and cultural features of the earth are inter‐connected. To examine how the physical earth and human activity are inter‐connected the course has been organized into three themes namely: Physical (landforms, climatology and ecosystems Units 1‐3), Economic (primary, secondary and tertiary activity Units 4 and 5) and Population (either Unit 6 OR 7).

Students doing World Geography 3202 through CDLI will do Units 1‐5 and Unit 6.

Prerequisites: None

Overview of Class Delivery Structure

Throughout the course students will be expected to complete and submit specific pieces of work related to the course content. It is imperative to student success that they complete each and every piece that is requested. To ensure a sense of fairness for all students, a set date will be assigned and ALL STUDENTS are expected to complete and submit the assigned work on or before the due date. If a student is unable to complete or submit the assigned work by the due date, they are required to notify the teacher BEFORE the due date as to the reason the work will not be submitted. If a student is unable to complete or submit assigned work by the due date, every attempt should be made to contact the e‐teacher to arrange a time for submission.

Materials and Resources

  • CDLI provides all software needed for the course as well as hardware
  • eLearning content is accessible through our LMS
  • TEXT: World Geography, Oxford Press (Crewe, Corbin, Squires, Trites)

Evaluation

This is a Public Exam course. 50% of your mark comes from your performance on the public exam. The other 50% comes from your performance on the work you do in the course from September until June.

Course marks will be based on your performance in the following areas:
Tests…………………………..… 55%
Assignments………………….… 35%
Work Samples/Discussions/………. 10%
Total value of Course Work…....100%
50% of this total will be submitted to Dept. of Education at the completion of the course in June

Career

This course is great for students who have an interest in Geography

Required

Not required for Post –Secondary

World History 3201

World History introduces students to the study of world history. The course is organized thematically and chronologically . It focuses on events that have shaped the lives of people and investigates background factors, immediate causes and consequences of developments within the 20th and 21st centuries. The overall objective of the course is to encourage students to examine historical and current developments in society, and to make informed decisions as individuals and global citizens. A focus on developing and applying the processes of historical method is integrated throughout the course so that students can acquire some understanding and appreciation of history as well as the tools of historians.

Prerequisites: None

Overview of Class Delivery Structure

World History is organized around a number of themes. These themes, identified below, provide the basic structure for the course:

  • Unit 1: World War 1 (1914-1918)
  • Unit 2: Post-War Challenges and Changes (1919 – 1938)
  • Unit 3: International Tensions During the 1930's and World War II (1939-1945)
  • Unit 4: The Cold War
  • Unit 5: Regional Development in Post-World War II Africa Asia and Middle East
  • Unit 6: Challenges of the Modern Era

Each theme is treated separately. However, for presentation and analysis they are interconnected. In order for students to see the ‘big picture’, links need to be drawn between the themes. The course themes are developed through a set of specific curriculum outcomes with each theme providing opportunities for students to engage in research and the analysis of primary and secondary source documents.

Materials and Resources

  • CDLI provides all software needed for the course as well as hardware
  • eLearning content is accessible through our LMS

Evaluation

World History 3201 is a senior academic course with grades based on shared evaluation and an end-of-year Public Exam.

The CDLI (in-school) portion of the evaluation will be as follows:
Unit Assignments: 15%
Portfolio 10%
Midterm Exam 25%
Unit tests 50%
100%

Career

This course is great for students who have an interest in History

Required

Not required for Post –Secondary