This social science course will teach you to understand the awe-inspiring diversity and natural wonder that is found all around our planet. From powerful waterfalls, to exploding volcanoes, to pristine forests - the Earth is home to incredible species and formations. We will study ecosystems like coral reefs and wetlands; storms, hurricanes and weather patterns, and the power of earthquakes.
Geography is not just a subject area, but a way of perceiving and understanding the world. This course will expose you to many beautiful places on the planet, and help you consider your own relationship to the ecosystems, species, and cycles on Earth. We will explore environmental issues such as those related to climate change, biodiversity, and water, as well as the role that humans can play in addressing these problems. In this way, we hope that young people can become more engaged in the world around them, and have the confidence to become change-makers in solving complex problems.
Students should take this course if they are interested in learning about:
This is a hands-on course where we study cloud formations by observing them outside, and forest ecosystems by walking within them. There are lots of experiential activities, and we work with different technologies such as ArcGIS, Google Tour and VR, and 3D Modelling. Each unit focuses on a physical geographic topic, and the ways in which humans are connected and influenced by these features. This course is designed to be inter-disciplinary in nature, and to allow space for student choice and interests. Normally this course includes field experiences and a camping trip - we will see what the Covid-future holds for us!
For more information see Ms. Sawatsky in Portable 2. Course info https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/sites/curriculum.gov.bc.ca/files/pdf/10-12/social-studies/en_ss_12_phg_elab.pdf