The Canadian and World Studies & Social Science
program at Colonel By Secondary School encompasses a
range of subjects: Geography, History, Law, Civics,
Politics, World Religions, Philosophy, Anthropology,
Psychology, and Sociology. In studying these subjects,
students learn how people interact with and within present-day
social, political, economic and environmental contexts,
and how human patterns and interactions have both changed
and remained constant across time and space.
Success in these courses is not measured simply in
terms of how well students memorize a series of facts.
Rather, these courses teach students to research, analyse,
and extrapolate from data and evidence. Students learn
how to develop, evaluate, challenge and defend well-informed
arguments; the academic foundations of these disciplines
make Canadian and World Studies one of the few places
in which students are required to engage in divergent
thinking. Courses within Canadian and World Studies
and Social Sciences are particularly effective at developing
advanced skills in formal essay writing, oral communication,
the use of information technology, and project-based
collaboration -- practical skills upon which success
is dependent in all post-secondary and employment environments.