Social Sciences


Archive  (ARC 31G)

Archive is a great credit for students who are reliable and enjoy keeping busy. There isn’t a final exam and there isn’t any homework.  However, students in the course must complete projects that help promote the history of Arthur Meighen and PCI, as well as the history of Portage la Prairie in general. Students develop basic archive skills in the areas of preservation and conservation, but there are many other interesting opportunities.  Former archive students have completed interviews, produced community presentations and received awards for academic writing.

Archive (ARC41G)

Students who successfully complete ARC31G may join ARC41G. Students are expected to run the archive in a responsible manner. In addition to regular archiving duties students must deal with public inquiries, records management, and conservation issues.

Social Studies (SST10F)

The intent of this course is to help students gain a better understanding of the country in which they live, their roles within that society, and the role of Canada within the world.

Geography (GEO20F)

Geography 20F is a contemporary study of the Canadian geography. Students examine the physical, social, environmental, cultural, economic, and political aspects of Canadian life and current issues associated with them. Connections will be shown to exist from the local community to the global community.

Geographie (GEO20FF)

The course content is the same as GEO20F, with all instruction in French. The course is intended for immersion students.  This will be a required course for students hoping to obtain the French Immersion diploma.

History (HIS30F)

This course examines Canadian historical events, policies, conflicts and people that have shaped our nation. Students will link past events to current issues of today.

Native History (NHI21G)

This course traces the history of aboriginal people in Canada, with consideration given to both oral and written accounts. Topics include:  Ancient History, Pre-contact Era, Post contact and Fur Trade, Post-Contact, Treaties, Assimilation and modern aboriginal issues.  This course also discusses aboriginal accomplishments in Canada.

OJIBWE   (OJI11G/21G/31G/41G)

This course is open to the entire student body and will allow students who have no prior native language experience to develop an appreciation for a native language and culture, to explore and experience a unique worldview, and to learn to speak a native language.  Students will use the language being studied for greetings and daily routines, become familiar with its writing and sound system, and practice basic vocabulary and phrases.  Students will also use information technology during course-related activities.

Aboriginal Cultural  11G (NAT11G)

This course is an examination of traditional Aboriginal culture, customs, beliefs, teachings, worldviews, ceremonies, medicines, music and food.  Although there is much commonality amongst Aboriginal nations across North America there is also much diversity.  The focus of this course will be on Aboriginal nations in Canada with major emphasis on Manitoba’s First Nations, Metis and Inuit cultures.  However content remains broad and encompasses the teachings of many Aboriginal nations.

Current Topics in First Nations/Metis/Inuit Studies 40S (FNM40S)

This course is designed as a multi-disciplinary course that allows students to explore and develop skills and concepts in the Arts, ELA, Geography, History, Social Studies, and Law. Students will develop a knowledge of the history of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in order to better understand the present and to recognize the ongoing role of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in shaping Canadian history and identity.

Aboriginal Beadwork Course 21G/31G/41G (BEA21G/31G/41G)

The aim of the course is to provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for Aboriginal Beadwork. Students will learn about the different techniques on how to bead various items such as pow-wow regalia. Students will complete beadwork projects, exploring the various designs, colours, and styles of Aboriginal beadwork and how every piece is unique and has meaning.

L’historie (HIS30FF)

The course content is the same as History 30F with all instruction in French. The course is intended for immersion students.  This will be a required course for students hoping to obtain the French Immersion diploma.

Western Civilization (HIS40S / HIS40G)

If you sign up for World History you will learn to think like a historian. Students in the course engage in actual historical research.  Many students appreciate the hands-on activities and option to complete research work outside the classroom as part of your final grade. Students with a desire to attend university or college are encouraged to take this course as they will learn to write a proper research paper. The course covers a lot of ground as it starts with the origins of the universe some 4.6 billion years ago. The course uses materials from the Big History Project.

Global Issues (GIS40S)

Formerly called “World Issues”, this revamped course gives more student choice in exploring the topics that affect or interest them.  The course deals with a wide variety of current events and issues such as globalization, human rights, the environment, poverty, terrorism and media. The students choose 3 Areas of focus to study and instead of an exam, students are to organize an action project based on the issues studied throughout the course.


Anciennement appelé « Enjeux mondiaux », ce cours remanié donne plus de choix aux étudiants à explorer les sujets qui les touchent ou les intéressent. Le cours aborde une grande variété d’événements d’actualité et des questions telles que la mondialisation, droits de l’homme, l’environnement, pauvreté, terrorisme et les médias. Les étudiants choisissent 3 zones de focalisation pour étudier, et au lieu d’un examen, les étudiants sont d’organiser un projet d’action basé sur les questions étudiées tout au long.

History of Rock  (HRC 30S)

History of Rock is a full credit school initiated course. Students will learn about the importance of rock and roll as a cultural and artistic movement that shapes society in important ways.  The course follows the development of rock and roll through the twentieth century, from its roots in gospel, country and blues music,  to the more contemporary styles of today.  Students will have the opportunity to engage in different projects, from designing album covers, to performing music. The course requires a major presentation in place of a final exam.

Law 40S (LAW40S)

This course is suitable for all students and is intended to develop an interest and understanding of Canadian Law. Law 40S examines various topics with emphasis on Criminal Law.  Students learn about policing, trial procedures, and corrections.   Students will visit court and participate in mock trials, case analysis, class discussions, and listen to guest speakers such as the RCMP.

Cinema as a Witness to Modern History  (CWH40S)

Cinema as a Witness to Modern History is a new course that will engage students in an exploration of the connections between cinema as an art form, cinema as a product of history, and cinema as an interpreter of history. Students will be guided to respond to the aesthetic and emotional elements of cinema and to apply concepts of historical thinking as they analyze historical topics represented in film. Throughout the course, students will apply critical media literacy skills in order to understand that film does not simply reflect the past, but interprets and retells the past, at times reconstructing and falsifying it.