Senior School Departments

Senior School Departments

Senior School Departments

At the Senior School level, the breadth of course offerings is considerable. For information on the different departments and the courses, make a selection from the list below. For a complete guide to course requirements and detailed descriptions, see the Course Handbook, also below.

Our students understand historical events and their relevance to current issues. History at St. Michaels University School teaches students:

  • the foundations of the modern world;
  • different perspectives on events in history;
  • social, cultural, political, religious and economic frameworks;
  • how to discover, analyze and evaluate historical evidence; and
  • how to express thoughts clearly and critically.

Through history, students develop empathy and deeper understanding of other cultures and times. Students learn to link events by cause and effect as they uncover the history of Canada and the world. Through these experiences, students gain an understanding of Canadian and world history and increase their awareness of contemporary issues. As students develop an appreciation for the economic, social and political interdependence of all countries, they begin to understand how and why societies change.

History and Politics Extra Opportunities

Extra Opportunities


In government simulations such as Model UN Vancouver and the Commonwealth Forum, students demonstrate understanding of government processes, global politics and negotiation.

Debate (Adventures in Public Discourse)

Debate teaches students to think on their feet, create persuasive arguments and practise public speaking.

Cultural Events

Students attend cultural events to deepen their understanding of history and how culture affects political processes.

International Travel

In previous years, students interested in politics and history have attended the Singapore International Model UN Conference in Singapore. 


Title Grade
Social Studies 9 9
Social Studies 9 Plus (ELL) 9
Urban Planet 12 11, 12
Criminology and Social Justice 12 11, 12
Comparative Cultures 12 11, 12
Social Studies 10 10
World History 12 11, 12
AP European History 11, 12
Social Studies 10 Plus (ELL) 10
Law 12 11, 12

Senior School Course Handbook 2019-20

Senior School Course Handbook cover

Senior School Course Handbook 2019-20

Published: March, 2019

A guide to Senior School courses with descriptions to help our students plan an optimal school year.

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