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Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School
"Let this be a school with Spirit"
905.602.6172
  • Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School
  • 4555 Tomken Road
  • Mississauga ON , L4W 1J9
  • Principal: Frances Campese
  • Vice Principal(s): Lina Iacobucci
    Daryl Brady


  • Superintendents: Dulcie Belchior
  • Trustee: Mario Pascucci (Mississauga Ward 3, 1)
    Stefano Pascucci (Mississauga Ward 4)
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GRADE 9 COURSES: Geography

Grade 9 Academic - Issues in Canadian Geography (CGC1D)

This course examines interrelationships within and between Canada’s natural and human systems and how these systems interconnect with those in other parts of the world. Students will explore environmental, economic, and social geographic issues relating to topics such as transportation options, energy choices, and urban development. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate various geographic issues and to develop possible approaches for making Canada a more sustainable place to live.

Grade 9 Applied - Issues in Canadian Geography, Grade 9 (CGC1P and CGC1PM)

This course focuses on current geographic issues that affect Canadians. Students will draw on their personal and everyday experiences as they explore a range of issues, including food and water supplies, competing land uses, and interactions with the natural environment, developing their awareness that issues that affect their lives are interconnected with issues in other parts of the world. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate choices related to sustainable living in Canada.

GRADE 10 COURSES: History and Civics

Grade 10 Academic - Canadian History since World War I (CHC 2D)

This course explores social, economic, and political developments and events and their impact on the lives of different groups in Canada since 1914. Students will examine the role of conflict and cooperation in Canadian society, Canada’s evolving role within the global community, and the impact of various individuals, organizations, and events on Canadian identity, citizenship, and heritage

Grade 10 Applied - Canadian History since World War I (CHC2P and CHC2L)

This course focuses on the social context of historical developments and events and how they have affected the lives of people in Canada since 1914. Students will explore interactions between various communities in Canada as well as contributions of individuals and groups to Canadian heritage and identity.

Grade 10 Open - Civics and Citizenship (CHV20)

This course explores rights and responsibilities associated with being an active citizen in a democratic society. Students will explore issues of civic importance such as healthy schools, community planning, environmental responsibility, and the influence of social media, while developing their understanding of the role of civic engagement and of political processes in the local, national, and/or global community.

GRADE 11 COURSES: Anthropology, Geography, History, Law, Parenting, Psychology and Sociology

Grade 11 University Preparation - Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology (HSP3U)

This course provides students with opportunities to think critically about theories, questions, and issues related to anthropology, psychology, and sociology. Students will develop an understanding of the approaches and research methods used by social scientists. They will be given opportunities to explore theories from a variety of perspectives, to conduct social science, and to become familiar with current thinking on a range of issues within the three disciplines.

Grade 11 College Preparation - Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology (HSP3C)

This course introduces students to theories, questions, and issues related to anthropology, psychology, and sociology. Students learn about approaches and research methods used by social scientists. They will be given opportunities to apply theories from a variety of perspectives, to conduct social science research, and to become familiar with current issues within the three disciplines.

Grade 11 Open – Raising Healthy Children (HPC30)

This course focuses on the skills and knowledge parents, guardians, and caregivers need, with particular emphasis on maternal health, pregnancy, birth, and the early years of human development (birth to six years old). Through study and practical experience, students will learn how to meet the developmental needs of young children, communicate with them, and effectively guide their early behaviour. Students will develop their research skills through investigations related to caregiving and child rearing.

Grade 11 University/College Preparation – Forces of Nature: Physical Processes and Disasters (CGF3M)

This course examines Earth’s physical patterns and processes and how they create natural disasters and can contribute to human disasters. Students will explore how physical processes related to Earth’s water, land, and air, as well as interactions between these systems, can affect the planet and its people. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate Earth’s natural processes, to make predictions related to natural disasters, and to create plans to prepare for and/or respond to them.

Grade 11 Open - Travel and Tourism: A Geographic Perspective (CGG30)

This course focuses on issues related to travel and tourism within and between various regions of the world. Students will investigate unique environmental, sociocultural, economic, and political characteristics of selected world regions. They will explore travel patterns and trends as well as tensions related to tourism, and will predict future tourism destinations.

Grade 11 University/College Preparation - World History to the End of the Fifteenth Century (CHW3M)

This course explores the history of various societies around the world, from earliest times to around 1500 CE. Students will examine life in and the legacy of various ancient and pre-modern societies throughout the world, including those in, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Students will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating social, political, and economic structures and historical forces at work in various societies and in different historical eras.

Grade 11 University/College Preparation - Understanding Canadian Law (CLU3M)

This course explores Canadian law, with a focus on legal issues that are relevant to the lives of people in Canada. Students will gain an understanding of rights and freedoms in Canada, our legal system, and family, contract, employment, tort, and criminal law. Students will use case studies and apply the concepts of legal thinking and the legal inquiry process to develop legal reasoning skills and to formulate and communicate informed interpretations of legal issues, and they will develop the ability to advocate for new laws.

GRADE 12 COURSES: Film, Geography, History, Psychology, Law, Parenting, Politics, Sociology, Social Justice

Grade 12 University Preparation – World Issues: A Geographic Analysis (CGW4U)

This course explores the global challenge of meeting the basic needs of all people while sustaining the natural environment. Students will examine global inequities, including those related to food, water, energy, and development, and will explore global issues through environmental, social, economic, and political lenses. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate a range of current geographic issues facing Canada and the world.

Grade 12 University Preparation - World History since the Fifteenth Century (CHY4U)

This course traces major developments and events in world history since approximately 1450. Students will explore social, economic, and political changes, the historical roots of contemporary issues, and the role of conflict and cooperation in global interrelationships. They will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, as they investigate key issues and assess societal progress or decline in world history.

Grade 12 College Preparation – World History since the Fifteenth Century (CHY4C)

This course explores key developments and events in world history since approximately 1450, with a focus on interactions within and between various regions. Students will examine social, economic, and political developments and how they have affected different peoples. Students will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating key turning points in world history and historical forces that have shaped our world.

Grade 12 University Preparation - Canadian and International Law (CLN4U)

This course explores a range of contemporary legal issues and how they are addressed in both Canadian and international law. Students will develop their understanding of the principles of Canadian and international law when exploring rights and freedoms within the context of topics such as religion, security, cyberspace, immigration, crimes against humanity, and environmental protection. Students will apply the concepts of legal thinking and the legal inquiry process when investigating these issues in both Canadian and international contexts, and they will develop legal reasoning skills and an understanding of conflict resolution in the area of international law.

Grade 12 University Preparation - Canadian and World Politics (CPW4U)

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 different levels of government, multinational corporations, and non-governmental organizations, respond to and work to influence domestic and international developments. Students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate current political policies, issues, and events, and to develop and communicate informed opinions about them.

Grade 12 University/College Preparation – Human Development Throughout the Lifespan (HHG4M)

This course offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human development throughout the lifespan. Students will learn about a range of theoretical perspectives on human development. They will examine threats to healthy development as well as protective factors that promote resilience. Students will learn about physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development from the prenatal period through old age and will develop their research and inquiry skills by investigating issues related to human development.

Grade 12 University Preparation – Families in Canada (HHS4U)

This course enables students to draw on sociological, psychological, and anthropological theories and research to analyse the development of individuals, intimate relationships, and family and parent-child relationships. Students will focus on issues and challenges facing individuals and families in Canada’s diverse society. They will develop analytical tools that enable them to assess various factors affecting families and to consider policies and practices intended to support families in Canada. They will develop the investigative skills required to conduct and communicate the results of research on individuals, intimate relationships, and parent-child relationships.

Grade 12 College Preparation – Families in Canada (HHS4C)

This course enables students to develop an understanding of social science theories as they apply to individual development, the development of intimate relationships, and family and parent-child relationships. Students will explore a range of issues relating to the development of individuals and families in contemporary Canadian society as well as in other cultures and historical periods. They will develop the investigative skills required to conduct research on individuals, intimate relationships, and parent-child roles and relationships in Canada.

Grade 12 College Preparation – Working with School-Age Children and Adolescents (HPD4C)

This course prepares students for occupations involving school-age children and adolescents. Students will study a variety of theories about child behaviour and development, and will have opportunities for research and observation and for practical experiences with older children. Students will become familiar with occupational opportunities and requirements related to working with older children and adolescents. They will develop research skills used in investigating child and adolescent behaviour and development.

Grade 12 University Preparation - Film and Society (IDC4U)

This course will explore the role that film plays in the aesthetic, cultural, social, religious, and political life of past and contemporary societies in Canada and around the world. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students will examine such topics as the evolution of specific filmic forms and movements, the role of the auteur, the development of film technology, the relationship between non-Western and Western film traditions, the production, distribution, and exhibition of film, the cause and effect of film in socialization and identity development, the influence of film on literature and other arts, and more. This course also will introduce resources, research methods, and case studies related to the field of “filmology”.

Grade 12 University/College Preparation - Equity and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice (HSE4M)

This course enables students to develop an understanding of the theoretical, social, and historical underpinnings of various equity and social justice issues and to analyse strategies for bringing about positive social change. Students will learn about historical and contemporary equity and social justice issues in Canada and globally. They will explore power relations and the impact of a variety of factors on equity and social justice. Students will develop and apply research skills and will design and implement a social action initiative relating to an equity or social justice issue.

Grade 12 University Preparation – Sociology of Sport (IDU4US)

This course draws on the tools of anthropology, psychology, sociology, and history to give students new perspectives on the games they watch and play. From ancient Greece to the gladiators of the Roman coliseum, sports offer us both violent spectacles and collective rituals that have long been at the heart of human social life. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the many meanings and fascinations associated with sports culture by applying core sociological theories in order to better understand its social, political and economic dimensions. Special attention will be paid to the impact of globalization and the evolution of mass media, ethnicity, gender and violence.

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