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                          GRADE 12 HSB4M:
                                    Challenge and Change in Society
                        Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
                 History, Classical, and Contemporary Studies Department


This course examines the theories and methodologies used in anthropology, psychology, and sociology to investigate and
explain shifts in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour, and their impact on society. Students will analyse cultural,
social, and biological patterns in human societies, looking at the ways in which those patterns change over time. Students
will also explore the ideas of classical and contemporary social theorists, and will apply those ideas to the analysis of
contemporary trends.

Prerequisite: Any University, University/College, or College Preparation course in
              Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies
               (NOTE: HSP3M is recommended)
Credit Value: One credit will be awarded for all students earning a mark of 50% or greater.


The overall expectations describe in general terms the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by
the end of each course. As such, these expectations will be evaluated throughout and at the end (or near) of this course.
To view “specific” expectations and the achievement chart for this course, please visit www.curriclum.org .

   STRAND                                               OVERALL EXPECTATIONS
Social Change           appraise the differences and similarities in the methodologies and strategies of anthropology,
                         psychology, and sociology applied to the study of change;
                        describe key features of major theories from anthropology, psychology, and sociology that focus
                         on change;
                        analyse patterns of technological change from the perspectives of anthropology, psychology, and

Social Trends           appraise the differences and similarities in the approaches taken by anthropology, psychology,
                         and sociology to the study of trends relating to the baby boom, fertility and fecundity, and the life
                        assess the importance of demography as a tool for studying social trends;
                        demonstrate an understanding of the social forces that influence and shape trends.

Social                  appraise the differences and similarities in the approaches taken by anthropology, psychology,
Challenges               and sociology to the study of social challenges pertaining to health, social injustice, and global
                        demonstrate an understanding of the social forces that shape such challenges.

Research and         define and correctly use anthropological, psychological, and sociological terms and concepts;
Inquiry Skills       demonstrate an understanding of the main areas of study in anthropology, psychology, and
                      sociology, and of the similarities and differences among them;
                     demonstrate an understanding of the different research methods used by anthropology,
                      psychology, and sociology to investigate questions of importance within each field, and apply
                      relevant skills correctly and ethically;
                     demonstrate an ability to select, organize, and interpret information gathered from a variety of
                      print and electronic sources;
                     communicate the results of their inquiries effectively.

These strands and expectations will be illustrated in each of the following units:

Units: Titles and Times
            Unit 1    Social Change                                                            35 hours
                      Culminating task: The Social Scientists
            Unit 2    Social Trends                                                            35 hours
            Unit 3    Social Challenges                                                        35 hours
            Unit 4    Culminating Task: The Scientific Inquiry Research                        20 hours

           Unit 5      Exam Review                                                              2 periods
**Please note: these titles and times may alter at the discretion of the individual teacher in consultation with the
department head.


For specific details please refer to the achievement chart attached. A student whose achievement is below 50% at the end
of a course will not obtain a credit for the course. Please note: Provincial expectations for this course is a level 3 (70-
79%). A student who achieves a score below 70% has achieved a result below Provincial expectations.

The following table provides a summary description of achievement in each percentage grade range and corresponding
level of achievement:

    Percentage Grade   Achievement Level                                  Summary description
        80-100%              Level 4           A very high to outstanding level of achievement. Achievement is above
                                               the provincial standard.
        70-79%               Level 3           A high level of achievement. Achievement is at the provincial standard.
        60-69%               Level 2           A moderate level of achievement. Achievement is below, but
                                               approaching, the provincial standard.
        50-59%               Level 1           A passable level of achievement. Achievement is below the provincial
      Below 50%        Below expectations      Insufficient achievement of curriculum expectations. A credit will not
                                               be granted.


Student achievement will be evaluated as follows:

Course Work (70% of final grade):
                                           CATEGORY                                                       MARK VALUE
                                                                                                           OF COURSE
Knowledge and Understanding (Subject-specific content acquired in each course                                 25%
(knowledge),and the comprehension of its meaning and significance (understanding))
Thinking (The use of critical and creative thinking skills and/or processes)                                     25%
Communication (The conveying of meaning through various forms)                                                   25%
Application (The use of knowledge and skills to make connections within and between various                      25%
Summative Evaluation (30% of final grade):
Culminating Research Assignment                                                                                15%
Examination                                                                                                    15%
**Note: Each unit will have a culminating task. The summative culminating task will encompass the entire course. The
classroom teacher will inform students of the expectations for culminating tasks at the beginning of each unit. It is
expected that the student will complete these tasks both within and beyond the classroom. The final summative
culminating task will be presented to the student at, or near, the start of the course.

 Assessment and Evaluation Techniques

A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be used in this course including:
 -       Lectures                               -         demonstrations               -        presentations
 -       Homework                               -         assignments                  -       research assignments
 -       group work/presentations               -         readings                     -        role playing
 -       journal writing                        -         seminars                     -        debates
 -       mind mapping                           -         interviews                   -        media work
 -       independent work                       -         tests/quizzes                -        oral reports
 -       conferences                            -         questions and answers        -       paragraph writing
 -       self/peer evaluation                   -         essays/papers                -       Cartoon analysis
 -       visual assignments                     -         creative work                -       Primary source work

All formative assessments will result in the student receiving feedback on how to improve his/her learning and results.
All evaluations will be based on a prescribed set of expectations that the student will know before submitting the
evaluation item. In order to succeed on evaluations, students will need to incorporate the suggestions made by the teacher
with regards to assessed work.

Homework is an integral part of this course. Students who complete homework to the best of their ability on a regular
basis will find their chances of success greatly improved. Students who fail to complete homework may receive a
detention and/or a phone call to the parent(s)/guardian(s), and/or a referral to administration.

       If you know ahead of time that you will be away for a test or to submit an assignment (e.g., school sports,
        appointments), alternative arrangements must be made with your teacher before the test date or before the
        assignment is due. It is expected that students absent as a result of school sports/clubs will submit assignments
        on or before the assigned due date.
       For unexplained absences please refer to the Student Handbook for our school-wide policy.
        If you present for any part of the school day in which an assignment is due, but not for this class, it is expected
        that you submit the required work before class.
       Assignments must be submitted on a date specified by the teacher. Students who complete assessments on time
        are in the best position to have success in the course.
       Negotiation with a teacher about a possible late assignment must take place before the assignment is due.
       A window of opportunity will be established for students to submit late work by way of creating an alternative
        task to demonstrate their achievement of the expectations (unless previously negotiated). The teacher may ask the
        student to make up the missed work at a given time (lunch, after school etc.) as the work must be completed in
        front of the teacher to ensure that the student is not copying someone else’s assignment.
        Once an assignment is marked and returned, students who have not submitted the assignment have lost the
        opportunity to receive a mark for that particular evaluation.
       Unless an alternative arrangement has been made with the teacher, the student will receive a ZERO (0) for all
        work not submitted.
       If a student needs help with an assignment/task it is up to that student to seek help from the teacher.

     Exceptional students will receive accommodations as suggested in the Individual Education Plans. Every effort
      will be made to meet the individual educational needs of all students


Please refer to your handbook and signs posted in the classroom for rules concerning unexplained lates and absences. In
order to be successful in this History course, attendance is necessary. Students must be on time and prepared to work
during the class. Students are responsible for catching up on class notes and completing any assignments for which you
are absent. Your teacher will help you to catch up on any missing work but only if you ask!


A textbook will be assigned to you as needed. Every student must complete a textbook contract in order to receive a
textbook. The textbook assigned for this class is Transitions in Society: The Challenges of Change. Please note, that
students may be issued other texts and/or resources. Any text/resource borrowed or issued to a student is that
student’s sole responsibility. Failure to return any text/resource in the condition that it was issued will result in the
student replacing that text/resource at cost. The cost of Transition in Society: The Challenges of Change is $75.00.


Students are responsible for bringing the following items with them to every class:
    --Textbook(s)                --binders                --pens and pencils (pencil crayons) -- positive attitude
    --erasers/liquid paper       --completed work         --paper --notebook                  -- determination to succeed

A complete set of rules and regulations may be found in the student handbook. The course teacher will go over any
specific classroom rules as he/she sees fit.
NOTE: There are no hats/bandanas, gum, food/drink, cell phones, walkmans, coats/jackets, or gym bags allowed in


Please refer to Student Handbook for our school-wide policy.

Teacher:                Ms. K. Milenkovic
Department Head:        Mr. J. Bates
Last Revised:           September 2009

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