Political Studies 12

Course Outline: POLITICAL STUDIES 12

Course Duration:

You have one calendar year to complete this course from the date of Activation

Units of Study:

  • History of Vancouver and race relations
  • The impact of Expo 86
  • The opioid crisis


Political Studies 12 focuses on understanding how political decisions are made [or not] through the lens of the opioid crisis. We examine how political institutions and ideology shape the exercise of power and the nature of political outcomes.

It is important to recognize that learning related to the curriculum extends beyond the classroom. In this spirit much of the course emphasizes topical issues: the opioid crisis, the missing women, homelessness. Field trips include inSite, VANDU, First United Church, Sheway, Caring Place, BC Excellence in AIDs/HIV Research. Each semester guest speakers will visit the class: municipal, provincial, and federal government officials as well as outreach workers from various non-profit agencies.

Recommended prerequisites:

English 11


Campbell, Larry, Neil Boyd, and Lori Culbert. A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the Fight for its Future. Greystone Books 2010


Substantive Assignment = 5%
Chapter Work: 95%

For further curriculum details please refer to the BC Ministry of Education:

Student Responsibilities:

Students are expected to log onto the course and submit one assignment each week (or have contact with the instructor). Students who do not log onto the course or keep in contact with their instructor on a weekly basis, will be viewed as having withdrawn from this online course. If you are active and withdraw from an online course, the Ministry of Education regulations will prohibit you from retaking this online course for two reporting periods.