Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology, Grade 11

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Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology,
Grade 11, College Preparation (HSP3C)
Ever wonder why some people excel in group situations and others are fearful of the same
social situation? Have you ever heard anyone say: “It is just my nature I guess” when being
kind to someone, or could it be that this specific behaviour was learned at birth?
The three social sciences: anthropology, psychology, and sociology, allow us to investigate
these two very important questions and many others!! In this course, you will look into the
differences and similarities of the three social sciences allowing you to develop a more complete
understanding of human beings.
You will have an opportunity to explore the importance of communication in its many forms. For
instance, body language will be investigated and provide you with knowledge that will allow you
to apply for jobs with confidence and assurance. It will also allow you to develop communication
and decision making skills that will allow you to function in any situation and environment. It will
enhance your social/emotional intelligence which is just as important as your Academic
intelligence.
Investigations into social institutions such as family will be explored. The concept of family is
worldwide but is markedly different from place to place. The definition of the word: “family” will
be investigated and challenged.
Through the study of psychology you will explore mental processes and behaviours. Focus will
be put on positive ways to deal with stress and anxiety and what to do when faced with difficult
situations.
Lastly through the study of sociology, you will begin to understand how we are shaped by our
environment and the groups to which we belong. Maybe being part of that “clique” or “peer
group” is not as good as it seems!
Each of the three social sciences has distinct ways of doing research in a scientific way, and
your skills will be developed in each of the units. Oral presentations, posters, and multimedia
presentations will be emphasized to explore concepts such as Popular culture.
At the end of this course, you will be equipped with all the skills and knowledge necessary to
help you be successful in every area of your life.
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. Students 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.
Prerequisite: None
OVERALL EXPECTATIONS
Research and Inquiry Skills
 Explore topics related to anthropology, psychology, and sociology, and formulate
questions appropriate for each discipline to guide research
 Assess, record, analyse, and synthesize information gathered through research
 Communicate the results of their research and inquiry clearly and effectively
Anthropology
 Demonstrate and understanding of major theories, perspectives and research methods in
anthropology
 Use an anthropological, perspective to explain how diverse factors influence and shape
human behaviour and culture
 Use a cultural anthropology perspective to explain the patterns of human socialization
Psychology
 Demonstrate and understanding of major theories, perspectives and research methods in
psychology
 Use a psychological perspective to explain how diverse factors influence and shape
human behaviour and culture
 Use a psychological perspective to explain patterns of socialization
Sociology
 Demonstrate and understanding of major theories, perspectives and research methods in
sociology
 Use an social perspective to explain how diverse factors influence and shape human
behaviour and culture
 Use a sociological perspective to explain patterns of socialization
Unit Outlines
Unit
1
What is Social Science?
(Anthropological Focus)
2
Social Science and Me
(Psychological Focus)
3
Social Science and Us
(Sociological Focus)
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Areas of Study
Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology,
Sociology
Human Evolution
The Cognitive Process
Research Processes
Rites of Passage
What is Beauty?
Personality & Identity
Communication & Behaviour
Mental Illness
Agents of Socialization
Social Structures & Institutions
The state of the Family
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What lies ahead?
Culture
Canadian Social Structures and Institutions
Law & Policing
Where is Humanity heading?
COURSE EVALUATION
Term Work
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Knowledge and Understanding
Thinking and Inquiry
Communication
Application
70%
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20%
15%
15%
20%
Performance Task
15%
Final Exam
15%
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