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CPW4U Canadian & International Politics

University Prep.

Ministry of Education Course Title: Canadian and World Studies, Grade 12, University Preparation

Course Code: CPW4U                  

Grade Level: 12

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities

Department: Canadian and World Studies

Course Description:

This course explores various perspectives on issues in Canadian and world politics. Students will explore political decision making and ways in which individuals, stakeholder groups, and various institutions, including governments, multinational corporations, and non-governmental organizations, respond to and work to address domestic and international issues. Students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate issues, events, and developments of national and international political importance, and to develop and communicate informed opinions about them.

Total Time: 110 hours

Course Content

Unit 1 Political Inquiry and Skill Development

A1. Political Inquiry: use the political inquiry process and the concepts of political thinking when investigating issues, events, and developments of national and international political importance;
A2. Developing Transferable Skills: apply in everyday contexts skills developed through investigations related to politics, and identify various careers in which a background in political studies might be an asset.

Unit 2 Political Foundations

B1. Political Thought: demonstrate an understanding of various political ideologies, theories, and concepts, and analyse their relevance to Canadian and international politics (FOCUS ON: Political Significance; Political Perspective)
B2. The Evolution of Modern Politics and International Relations: analyse the role of ideology, diplomacy, and conflict, including conflict related to decolonization, in the evolution of politics in and relations between various countries around the world in the past century (FOCUS ON: Political Significance; Stability and Change)
B3. Influences on Canadian and International Politics: analyse how social, economic, and geographic factors influence contemporary politics in and relations between various countries around the world (FOCUS ON: Objectives and Results; Political Perspective)

Unit 3 Governments and Canadian and International Politics

C1. The International Influence of Governments: analyse how strategies/practices used by a state or states can affect the policies and status of other states (FOCUS ON: Political Significance; Objectives and Results)
C2. Intergovernmental Cooperation: demonstrate an understanding of the role of intergovernmental cooperation in international politics (FOCUS ON: Objectives and Results; Stability and Change)
C3. Canadian Government Policies and International Relations: analyse Canada’s foreign policy objectives and factors that affect them (FOCUS ON: Objectives and Results; Political Perspective)

Unit 4 Non-Governmental Action on Canadian and International Political Issues

D1. Civic Awareness and Responsibility: analyse the role of civic awareness and responsibility among citizens and non-governmental stakeholders in the national and international community (FOCUS ON: Political Significance; Political Perspective)
D2. Challenges and Strategies: demonstrate an understanding of key challenges relating to various issues of national and global political importance and of the strategies and effectiveness of various non-governmental stakeholders, including NGOs, in addressing them (FOCUS ON: Objectives and Results; Political Perspective)
D3. Contributions to the Global Community: assess the importance of the contributions of individuals and other non-governmental stakeholders to national and global communities (FOCUS ON: Objectives and Results; Stability and Change)

Unit 5 Rights and Power in the International Community

E1. Influence, Power, and Decision Making: demonstrate an understanding of how power is distributed and exercised in Canada and other countries, and of factors that affect its distribution (FOCUS ON: Political Significance; Objectives and Results)
E2. Technology and Globalization: assess the influence of globalization and technology on Canadian and international politics (FOCUS ON: Stability and Change; Political Perspective)
E3. Human Rights at Home and Abroad: explain violations of human rights in Canada and abroad as well as the role of Canadian and international laws, institutions, and processes in the protection of human rights (FOCUS ON: Political Significance; Stability and Change)

Unit 6 Culminating Project

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