Social Studies Curriculum (new 2019)

Due to the Ministry of Education’s new curriculum model many changes are occurring in the field of Social Studies Education in British Columbia. Below is the ministry’s overview of the new model for learning:

Curriculum model

All areas of learning are based on a “Know-Do-Understand” model to support a concept-based competency-driven approach to learning.

Three elements, the Content (Know), Curricular Competencies (Do), and Big Ideas (Understand) all work together to support deeper learning.

British Columbia’s curriculum design enables a personalized, flexible and innovative approach at all levels of the education system.

All areas of learning have been redesigned using this model.

Image: Graphical representation of the Curriculum Model - Description below

Along with this new model, changes have occurred to the Social Studies Curriculum. Social Studies 11 no longer exists so the required Social Studies courses now are Social Studies 8, 9, and 10 and each course has a new time frame of study and content focus. For more information regarding the new features of these courses, please click on the drop down web page link included in the menu. Moreover, the Social Studies Senior electives have been revamped with a number of new course offerings and some shifts in the focus of former senior electives (for example Comparative Civilizations 12 has become Comparative Cultures 12). For more information regarding the these courses, please click on the drop down web page link included in the menu.