This course focuses on the use of social science theories, perspectives, and methodologies to investigate and explain shifts in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour and their impact on society. Students will critically analyse how and why cultural, social, and behavioural patterns change over time. They will explore the ideas of social theorists and use those ideas to analyse causes of and responses to challenges such as technological change, deviance, and global inequalities. Students will explore ways in which social science research methods can be used to study social change.
Challenge and Change in Society
Course Code: HSB4U
Course Type: University/College Preparation
Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies
Credit Value: 1
Unit 1: Foundations- Developing Critical Skills
Students will be introduced to the framing questions to develop critical inquiry and literacy skills.
Unit 2: What is Social Change?
Students will study key theories and ask questions like ‘what is social change?, how/why does it occur, who gets to make change, and who benefits?
Unit 3: The structure of Power?
Students will study demographics, social trends, and the hierarchical organizations of society.
Unit 4: Global Change
Students will learn about globalization and wealth gaps, environmental change and human rights around the world- various degrees of equality and understanding of justice.