Social sciences

ENGLISH AND FRENCH SECTORS

GEOGRAPHY

The Geography program is based on the concept of territory defined as a social space that human beings occupy, modify, give meaning to and organize in a specific way. Throughout the year, students study problems arising from the use and organization of space. The course covers both physical and social geography. Students integrate various concepts to look at territories, not in isolation, but from a global perspective, in relation to the world. The program encourages students to become responsible and aware of the distinctive features of other territories and to understand the importance of sharing the world’s habitable space. They develop geographic reasoning and skills and are called upon to explain different social phenomena that lead them to understand human actions upon territories that are in constant change. 

HISTORY

The History and Citizenship Education program has two educational aims: to enable students to develop their understanding of the present in light of the past and to prepare them to participate as informed citizens in the social life of a democratic, pluralistic society that is receptive to a complex world. Narrative, informative texts and other sources describing the context of a period are used in order to allow students to examine societal change, establish connections with the past and to understand the evolution of the concept of citizenship. The purpose of teaching History and Citizenship education is to contribute to the education of citizens who are capable of well-informed, open-minded social participation, in accordance with the principles of a democracy.

CONTEMPORARY WORLD

Today’s world is characterized by increased interdependence and a multiplicity of social, economic, political and cultural relationships. Because the world’s problems and issues are both interconnected and multidimensional, the various actors – states, organizations and citizen groups – have to work together to find global solutions. The study of these problems and issues must take into account both geographic and historical perspectives and the economic and political dimensions. In this course, students develop awareness and understanding of current issues and also develop critical judgement that prepares them to become engaged, informed citizens.

FINANCIAL EDUCATION

Financial issues are important throughout our lives, and some financial decisions can have unexpected consequences. The Financial Education course allows students to understand the economic issues affecting them as young people and future consumers, and also as future workers. The curriculum focuses on the analysis of three financial issues: Consuming goods and services, Joining the working world and Continuing education.

ENGLISH SECTOR

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LAW AND ECONOMICS (SEC.4)

This course will empower students as individuals and as members of Canadian society. The law portion of the course will introduce students to their rights and freedoms, crafting arguments, defining their opinions and to the structure of the Canadian judiciary. Students will exercise critical thought, public speaking and research skills. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms will be used as a framework to construct, present and defend legal arguments in the format of essays and mock trials. From theoretical and applied learning situations, students will learn that law is applied within a construct of legal principles and that justice and one’s sense of morality are mutually exclusive.

The economics portion will allow students to develop an appreciation of economic and market systems, the application of economic principles and personal finance management. Hands-on activities will bring economics to life and make the content meaningful and useful in students’ lives now and in the future.

WORLD HISTORY (SEC. 5)

In this course, various aspects of historical events in the twentieth century will be explored.   Students will examine the impacts of imperialism as well as the emergence of new political theories such as communism and fascism. Students will grasp the principle values of a civilization, comparatively analyze several present-day societies, use intellectual skills and techniques associated with the historical method and interpret information about the international scene, through the study of contemporary twentieth century issues. There will be an emphasis throughout on including the voices of minorities and on efforts of resistance. There will be teacher-directed classes and assignments as well as independent reading and writing, group work and class discussions.  

NORTH AMERICAN LITERATURE (SEC. 5)

We live in a world surrounded by messages and information of various kinds; how do we make sense of who we are, our fears, our dreams, our expectations of others and of ourselves? Expanding on the skills and concepts learned in ELA class, students will explore various topical themes in relation to critical analysis of various texts and symbolism: written and visual, modern and traditional, fictional and nonfictional (varying from poetry to novels, politics, photography, film and feminism, historical fiction to psychological theories, and more). Students will deepen their understanding of “the word and the world” through research, reflection, class discussion, and diverse assignments: visual, oral and written texts.

FRENCH SECTOR

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INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETY (SEC. 5) 

The Individual and Society is a course covering the theoretical and practical foundations of five major disciplines: sociology, philosophy, law, psychology and anthropology. This introduction to the humanities and social sciences prepares students for several profiles offered in our school as well as at cegep by teaching the methodological basics. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, the course starts by establishing the parameters for making a distinction between social and natural sciences: one is focused on the study of humans as social beings, while the other studies nature as bio-physical phenomena. Each of the disciplines covered will be approached first from a theoretical perspective, then from a practical angle through case studies and projects.

WORLD HISTORY (SEC. 5)

In this course, various aspects of historical events in the twentieth century will be explored.   Students will examine the impacts of imperialism as well as the emergence of new political theories such as communism and fascism. Students will grasp the principle values of a civilization, comparatively analyze several present-day societies, use intellectual skills and techniques associated with the historical method and interpret information about the international scene, through the study of contemporary twentieth century issues. There will be an emphasis throughout on including the voices of minorities and on efforts of resistance. There will be teacher-directed classes and assignments as well as independent reading and writing, group work and class discussions. 

ADMISSION PROCEDURE FOR NEW STUDENTS

1

Visit the school
during an open house

Come visit Villa Maria and discover the rich and diversified services we offer our students. You will have the opportunity to visit our classrooms, interactive classroom, science labs, multimedia centre, library, sports facilities and performance halls.

French Sector :

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

English Sector :

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2

Take part
in our entrance exams

Your child will be given the following tests: mathematics, composition in English and French, as well as an English or French reading comprenhension test, depending on the sector she/he registered for.

French Sector :

Saturday, September 28, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. (Secondary 1 to 5)

Sunday, September 29, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. (Secondary 1 only)

English Sector :

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. (Secondary 1 to 5)

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. (Secondary 1 only)

3

Complete your
registration

After being accepted to Villa Maria College, you must send us your registration form and pay the admission fees. Please send us the form and payment according to the instructions outlined in your child’s letter of admission to the school.

Come visit Villa Maria and discover the rich and diversified services we offer our students. You will have the opportunity to visit our classrooms, interactive classroom, science labs, multimedia centre, library, sports facilities and performance halls.

French Sector :

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

English Sector :

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Your child will be given the following tests: mathematics, composition in English and French, as well as an English or French reading comprenhension test, depending on the sector she/he registered for.

French Sector :

Saturday, September 28, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. (Secondary 1 to 5)

Sunday, September 29, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. (Secondary 1 only)

English Sector :

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. (Secondary 1 to 5)

Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. (Secondary 1 only)

After being accepted to Villa Maria College, you must send us your registration form and pay the admission fees. Please send us the form and payment according to the instructions outlined in your child’s letter of admission to the school.

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