Canadian and World Studies, and Social Sciences program consists of geography, civics, history, law and economics. Students develop skills, knowledge and understanding, and attitudes that will serve them both inside and outside the classroom, including in the world of work and as responsible citizens in the various communities to which they belong.
The focus in Canadian and World Studies courses is on the development of thinking and transferable skills that students need in order to gain and apply knowledge and understanding. Students will apply concepts of thinking and skills in a number of ways:
There are a wide range of employment opportunities for Canadian and World Studies students, including public institutions such as:
Social Sciences focus on individual and collective human behaviour and needs as well as patterns and trends in society. Courses explore a number of social structures, institutions, relationships and power dynamics. Our Social Sciences courses provide students with knowledge and transferable skills, such has critical thinking, systematic inquiry and research, that are applicable in various areas of their lives.
Our courses provide students with a foundation for a variety of possible post-secondary destinations:
Our CWS/SS teachers also enhance our program with:
For more information about our Canadian and World Studies/Social Science courses contact Mr. J. Stanesic, Curriculum Chair, at 905-420-7166 (ext. 56031)
Students from all Durham Catholic secondary schools will be travelling to the Netherlands, France and United Kingdom for a remarkable field trip from April 6 to April 17, 2017 to celebrate the "100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge". During this trip, students will be visiting cities including Amsterdam, Paris, and London.
For more information, please call Mr. Zimmer (#239) or Mr. Stanesic (#238).
The St. Mary Catholic Secondary School's Canadian and World Studies/Social Sciences Department offers a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) in the non-profit sector.
A non-profit SHSM is a program initiated by the Ontario Ministry of Education and works in conjunction with the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Our non-profit SHSM program is focused on faith, leadership and making a positive difference in our school, community and internationally. Successful applicants will also become St. Mary Retreat Leaders. This SHSM program is designed for students who want to make a difference.
Our non-profit SHSM students participate in activities or work in partnership with the following organizations:
Non-profit SHSM student receive hands-on experience such as buying and sorting donations to the Canadian Food for Children warehouse in Mississauga and Christmas Outreach.
For more information about our non-profit SHSM call: