Social Sciences

Humanities and Science Options

Charles Spencer offers several options courses in the humanities and sciences.  These courses give students the opportunity to study fascinating subjects such as history, geography, sociology and religion.

Leadership 9
Journalism 9
Media Studies 9
Positive Psychology 9

Positive Psychology 9 offers a spin on normal psychology courses by combining the study of the mind with the study of the brain.  Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of neuroscience and neuroplasticity, to gain a basic understanding of the brain's impact on learning and mental health.  The course will incorporate the teaching and use of many evidence-based strategies that can improve student efficacy, self-regulation, executive function and positive attitude.  There will be a focus on social emotional learning (SEL, mindfulness practices as well as test taking, study skills and memory strategies.

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior.  Psychologists seek to understand and explain how we think, act and feel.  Both are offered as 3 credit courses.

Fantasy and Science Fiction 15 (3 credit)

Psychology Science Fiction and Fantasy has seen a renewed interest world-wide due to TV shows such as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones; novels like the Hunger Games series; films like Lord of the Rings.  This class will provide an opportunity for students to experience a wide range of fantasy and science fiction works from around the world and from different time periods.  Students will explore unique worlds through a variety of texts including film, novel, short story and art.  Students will develop their understanding through reading, writing and representing.

Leadership 10 (3 credit)

General Sociology 20 (3 credit)
General Psychology 20 (3 credits)

Applied Sociology 30 (3 credit)
Philosophy 30 (3 credit)

Sports in Society 30 (3 credit)
(Sports in Society 30 is open to grade 10, 11 & 12 students)

World Religion 30 (3 credit)
Abnormal Psychology 35 (3 credit)