Course Description

This course provides students with opportunities to think critically about theories, questions, and issues related to anthropology, psychology, and sociology. Students will develop an understanding of the approaches and research methods used by social scientists. They will be given opportunities to explore theories from a variety of perspectives, to conduct social science research, and to become familiar with current thinking on a range of issues within the three disciplines.


The Grade 10 academic course in English, or the Grade 10 academic history course (Canadian and world studies)

Sample Activity


Ms Stoneman (Appleby College) and Ms O’Shea (St. Mildred’s-Lightbourne School)

Course Delivery

The course is run through Blackboard. Content includes presentations, readings, videos, discussions, VoiceThread collaboration, and links to external resources. Bi-weekly announcements provide instructions and content to complete. Students use the Pronto application to have direct communication with the teacher and other students.

Lessons and assessments are delivered in short, achievable steps with timely teacher comments and advice to assist students as they work through assignments. Check-ins occur bi-weekly and include individualized teacher feedback on strengths and next steps to allow students to achieve to their full potentials.

Assessment and Evaluation

There are a variety of assessment tools used in this course, including discussions, quizzes, exit tickets, Voice Thread posts, reflections, recorded presentations and interviews. Often students share their work with each other to collaborate and receive feedback and ideas.

For the culminating projects students imagine an alien species striving to understand what it means to be human through the lens of anthropology, sociology, and psychology. During the preparation students discuss and share their ideas and consider the contributions of the major theories and paradigms of each discipline before individually recording a presentation to their alien worlds.