Grade 10 Civics


GRADE: 10 (Open)

AVAILABILITY: Full-time, Part-time, Private and Online

Grade 10 Civics 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. In Grade 10 Civics, students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate, and express informed opinions about, a range of political issues and developments that are both of significance in today’s world and of personal interest to them.


Issues, Ideas & Awareness

Essential Question: What are the main elements of democracy? What are my rights and responsibilities as a citizen of a democracy?

  • In this unit, students will begin by learning what civics is and their role in civic participation. Students will share their knowledge on a civic issue they are aware of and individuals who have made civic contributions through discussion board posts. Students will also look at the history of governments and how its evolution has lead to various forms of leadership, power and governments. With a focus on democratic governments, students will delve deeper into the rights, freedoms and responsibilities that citizens have. To conclude this unit, students will analyze the role the media has in influencing our knowledge of governments, society, rights, freedoms and responsibilities.


The Canadian Context: Government & Political Process

Essential Question: How does Canada’s democracy actually work?

  • In this unit, students, armed with a solid understanding of what governments are, will next turn to the complex ways in which they are determined in Canada, federally, provincially and municipally. Students will explore how officials are elected, what powers they hold and what civically engaged citizens can do to influence their government. Special attention will be paid to the political parties and how their policies are reflective of various political ideologies.


Global Context

Essential Question: What does being a global citizen mean? How can I act globally?

  • In this unit, students will consider some of Canada’s responses to challenges and changes around the globe. Students will evaluate Canada’s participation in a number of international organizations. Students will also analyze what it means to be a global citizen in today’s world. Canada is one country among many on the planet, and so Canadian attitudes and responses to the world speak loudly about Canada’s identity and values.


10% of Final Grade

  • This project is one of the final evaluations of this course. This project will be worth 10% of the final grade.


20% of Final Grade

  • This exam is the final evaluation of this course. Students need to arrange their final exam 10 days in advance. All coursework should be completed and submitted before writing the final exam, please be advised that once the exam is written, any outstanding coursework will be given a grade of zero. The exam will be two hours.