Grade 11(OSS)

Literary & Language Studies
Social Science
Dramatic Arts
Visual Arts



This course focuses on the mystery novel throughout time  and space (including ancient and medieval settings, the Victorian era  and 20th century works from China, Europe and North America).   It examines this genre of literature including its attractions and literary merit.  All works studied exemplify a unique approach to the genre, and collectively illustrate the extensive literary forms possible within the single genre.   Evaluation will include essays, creative writing, response writing, class discussions, an independent research paper, and examinations.
Credit Value:  English 11 ENG3U    Prerequisite: English 10

This course examines the literature of various parts of the world.  The literature chosen, not only reflects the unique richness of a culture and its belief systems, but also considers the challenge faced when two or more cultures and/or races co-exist.  While the result is often the birth of a new identity, this is usually achieved through the destruction of the previous status quo.   The struggle for power and identity, takes the forms of assimilation and oppression.  This concept is integral to many themes of the works studied in this course.  Evaluation will include, essays, creative writing, response writing, class discussions,  an independent research paper, and examinations.
Credit Value: English 11  ENG3U    Prerequisite: English 10

Varied Themes:      

This course provides students with a foundation for 12U English.  One of the focuses of the course is personal and formal essay writing development.  Students will be exposed to a variety of writing styles and genres.  The class will read a selection of short stories, articles, novels, and one Shakespeare play.  Evaluations include personal and formal essays, response writing, class discussion, group presentations, creative assignments, independent study, and a final evaluation.
Credit Value: English 11 ENG3U    Prerequisite: English 10U

This course follows the social and political upheavals of the 20th century, first in Europe, and later, in the United States. Historical contextualizing of each work is central to the course content which includes works by Remarque, Kafka, Beckett and Alice Walker. Daily free writing exercises, short essay writing, and a longer essay will be required in the writing component of the course.
Credit Value: English 11  ENG3U    Prerequisite: English 10

CYBORGS AND CYBERSPACE: New Media and the Millennium
"The medium is the message." Marshall McLuhan
This course is an exploration of the major impact of print and electronic media on contemporary Global culture. Students will explore the role of advertising, TV, and print media on the construction of gender and the transformation of citizens into consumers. Special emphasis is placed on the new media of the Internet, virtual reality technologies, and the emergence of Cyberspace. Evaluation will be based on a media log/video project, a major research paper, and an examination.
Credit Value: English 11 EMS30    Prerequisite:   Eng 11
           One senior social science


The course begins with an intensive review/overview of math, learned and half-learned, from kindergarten to Grade10, while introducing the new concept of sequences and iterations. Thus prepared, students will extend their understanding of functions, from the familiar linear and quadratic, to the more exotic exponential and logarithmic, absolute value, and especially the trigonometric functions. While the course is designed to provide rigorous preparation for university level math,  practical applications are addressed, and a variety of learning styles is encouraged and supported.   Visual methods are emphasized, and technology admitted.  Evaluation will be based on weekly quizzes, 2 tests, 2 exams, and 2 independent study assignments. The first assignment is determined in class, the second is a Math Art project. This course serves as prerequisite for all of the Grade 12 math courses.
Credit Value: Functions & Relations  MCR3U     Prerequisite: Math 10


The living cell is the focus for ideas examined in the course.  Cell structure and behaviour will involve students in laboratory work with microscopes, prepared slides, and slides of living cells.  Through the review of classification of organisms, we contrast prokaryotes and eukaryotes, monera and metazoa.  Dissection work with prepared specimens is kept to a minimum, but is important to the appreciation of the complexity and uniqueness of any body.  The idea of scientific models is another theme in the course.
Credit Value:    Biology 11   SBI3U     Prerequisite:  Sci9 or10   

This is an introductory survey course in chemistry.  It is designed to provide a fundamental background that will enable students to understand chemical concepts and appreciate the Applications and implications of chemistry in technology and society.  This course will be related to the other sciences as much as possible and will endeavour to raise studentsı awareness of matter, molecules, and atoms, and the changes that occur among them.  The course is intended both as a stand-alone course for those students who will not continue on in chemistry and as a prerequisite for OAC Chemistry or OAC Science in Society.
Credit Value: Chemistry 11 SCH3U     Prerequisite: Sci 10

The scientist tries to understand the natural world by inventing models and testing them.  This course emphasizes this interplay of theory and experiment, and students will never be required to memorize formulas.  We start with a review of physics learned in earlier courses while mastering the mathematical skills needed for later material.  The concepts of motion, forces, energy, and conservation principles  lead to an introduction to special relativity.  Other topics include wave phenomena,  such as sound, light, and electromagnetism. These threads are then pulled together for an introduction to modern physics.  This course is a prerequisite for Grade 12 physics.
Credit Value: Physics 11 SPH3U         Pre/co-requisite: Sci 10, Math 10   

This is a course is designed for students who do not intend to pursue science in university.  Instead the focus is on developing a perspective in which science becomes integrated in everyday life. Students are introduced to the history and philosophy of science through readings and research assignments, and invited to try to answer the question, "What is Science?".  Underlying this larger question, will be curriculum of basic scientific literacy, including topics such as everyday chemicals, body input and function, ecology and waste management, space science, and technologies of daily life, as well as current science in the news.
Evaluation will be based on weekly reports, tests, final exam, seminars, and an independent research assignment.
Credit Value:  Science 11 SNC3M     Prerequisite:  Sci 10


A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE ZIGURAT:  From Opposable Thumbs to Damsels in Distress
From prehistoric "Lucy" through to the beginning of the "Common Era, and on to the Middle Ages, this course will explore the human weight, balance and experience across the globe.  Throughout the entire course we will be observing through a filter of "EQUITY", i.e. Race, Class, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Age, etc.  In order to understand the dynamics of a culture, we must examine the balance (or imbalance) of various groups within that culture.
Credit Value: World History 11   CHW3M    Prerequisite:  Eng 11

In the course of the 20th century, over 100 million human beings have been murdered by other human beings. In addition to perpetual warfare, the century has been characterized by the struggle of peoples everywhere to throw off the shackles of oppression (colonialism, discrimination based upon race, sex and/or imposed poverty, etc.).  This course examines the processes of oppression and examines 20th Century history through the prism of this struggle for human rights.
Credit Value: History 11   CHT3O     Prerequisite:  Hist 10

JOUSTING THE LIGHT FANTASTIC:  World History to the 16th Century
From the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West, to the 15th century, civilizations arose in Africa, Spain, the Middle East, Mesoamerica, China and India which were vibrant, creative and expansive.  This course examines these cultures and then returns to Europe to examine the long journey out of the European Dark Ages culminating in the High Middle Ages of knights and damsels and cathedral building. The literary works of these cultures are an integral part of the course content.
Credit Value: HISTORY 11   CHW3M     Prerequisite:  Eng 11

LEAVING LAS VEGAS: The American Experience
This course is a multidisciplinary exploration of the historical development of the US from British colony to hegemonic global power. A key theme will be the array of cultural forces that have shaped the notion of "American Identity." In addition, the contemporary impact of American pop culture, technology, and the transglobal corporation will be examined. Evaluation will be based on a multimedia project, a major research paper, and an examination.
Credit Value: Amer. Hist.  CHA3U     Prerequisite: History 10




Kepler, the 18th century astronomer, believed that every planet, as it circled the sun, produced a celestial tone which, unfortunately, could not be heard by earth bound woman/man.  The post modern world has perceived earth as a self-sufficient spaceship fueled by its unique ecosystem.  This course will delve into the ancient alchemy of the transformation earth, fire, water, wood and metal into the physical features of todayıs world.  Students, through geographic skills, will discover the hows and whys of Earthıs Music of the Stars.  Students would be aware that this course is oriented towards geographic exercises and the learning of geographic skills.  Accordingly, evaluation will be based upon 2 essay projects, 10 assignments and examination.
Credit Value:  Physical Geog 11 CGF             Prerequisite:Geog10, Eng 10

 "What most people regard as travel is actually a vacation.  Travel at its most enlightening is an ordeal.  Afterwards, you need a vacation."  Paul Theroux
Travel and tourism is a huge industry for the economy of many countries.  But there has always been a difficulty in defining just what Œtravel and tourismı is.  This course explores travel and tourism and its impact on the world and the individual.  Topics will include:  the environment, economy, politics, the search of self, the armchair traveler and the literature of travel.
Credit Value:   Regional Geog  CGG3O     Prerequisite:  Geog 10




This course will study society, and the individual from sociological, psychological and anthropological perspectives.   The primary focus is on human behaviour, and the impact of nature and nurture on the individual, and thus on society.   While the course will deal with human behaviour through academic study, reflection and discussion of our own values and experiences will be emphasized.  Evaluation is based on class discussion, small assignments, independent research essay, seminars and examinations.
Credit Value:  Challenge & Change in Soc HSP3M        Prerequisite: Eng 11

IıVE GOT THE BLUES:  Introduction to Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology
This course introduces the subject of Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology through the lens of culture and human behaviour.  'Individuals exist, but they are socially made.'  This is the focus of the course.  Through the study of theories of culture, psychology and  society, and the psyche, deeper meaning of our social condition will be discovered.
Credit Value: Challenge & Change in Soc HSP3M    Prerequisite:  Eng 10

Religion is one of the great knowledge systems in the world.  From itıs structure. wo/man has created  "the sacred", the great  ultimates that give meaning to the chaos around us.  Through the examination of traditional  and non-traditional religions students will de-code the values and social interactions in religions, as well as, define the spiritual element.  The cultural elements of religion, such as art, music, architecture, literature and dance will also be explored.  Students are expected to participate on field trips, in journals, complete  an I.S.U., and be involved in class projects. Om.
Credit value:  World Religions 11 HRT3M      Prerequisite: Hist 10, Eng 10

THE BIG QUESTIONS:  An Introduction to Western Philosophy
This course is a critical overview of the development of Western Philosophy from the pre-Socratics to Nietzsche.  Some of the key themes explored in this course include the epistemological quest for certainty, the emergence of postmodernism/post-structuralism, and the overarching ethical concern of how one wants to be in the world.  Students are encouraged to deconstruct and reconstruct their own worldview.
Evaluation will be based on a seminar, an examination, and a major academic research paper.   
Credit Value: Philosophy HZB3O      Prerequisite: Eng 10


This  drama course focuses on character development through mask work, dance, improvisation and acting out scenes from written plays.  Creating appropriate costuming, make-up, hair and props will help make the characters more believable in performance.  Examining different theories of Acting is also integrated into the course.
Credit Value:  Drama 11  ADA3M            Prerequisite:  English 11
Drama 10 recommended


Students will develop basic skills in the art forms; drawing, painting, sculpture and computer imaging through an organized approach to understanding and working with the elements of visual expression (line, shape, scale, colour and texture).   The production of a work of art involving the inter-relations of concepts, materials, techniques and history will be emphasized.  Visual literacy will be developed through self-evaluation and formal critiques. There is a studio fee.
Credit Value:  Visual Art AVI3M/AWM3M               Prerequisite   NONE

TRUANT PENCIL....Two dimensional art
Examine the top of a table.  Visualize small living images on the surface of the table, with no height but a width and length.  Such is the landscape of the art world known as "flatland", where pencil, ink, paint, script, cyberspace, digital imprints are discovered.  Through a variety of two-dimensional media, students become aware to the subtleties of colour, line, shape and composition in their work.  Through the critique of their own work as well as, historical art of past and present, students will develop visual literacy.
Independent research, discussion with others and experimentation will all promote a growing confidence in ability to make sound visual decisions as more complex subject matter is encountered.  In  TRUANT PENCIL there is a studio fee.
Credit Value:    Visual Art AVI3M           Prerequisite:    Art 10

OFF THE WALL:  Three dimensional art
 Oil, watercolor, pencil, fabric, paper, photographs, metal, glass, electric light fixtures, dried grass, steel wool, necktie on wood, structure on four wheels, plus pillow and rooster".  Catalogue description of resources used to create "Odelisk" by Robert Raucshenberg.  In the post-modern world, art resources include every substance from sand to cyberlight.  Through a thematic approach to three dimensional art, students will explore the world of sculpture and installation art.  Many art resources will be used including clay, plaster, wood, fabric and found objects.  Art history will concentrate on the impact of technology on art, the role of the artist in society and the environment.  Student are expected to participate in field trips to art shows.  There is a studio fee.
Credit value:    Visual Arts AVI3M     Prerequisite:  Art 10

  tra - is art spelled backwards
  tra - is the first three letters of traffic
  tra - is an anagram for "Toronto Royal Airforce"
  tra - is a sound or lyric heard in the shower
In the last century there has been tremendous experimentation in "The Arts".  Our concept of ART has been directed by the infamous question "What is Art?"  This course explores non-traditional vectors of contemporary art through the traditional methods of the artist:
 * analysis of history
 * experimentation
 * new material
 * new technologies
There is a small materials fee for this course.
Credit Value: Vis Arts-Non Trad Media  AVI3M/AWT3M   Prerequisite: Art 10

GIVE ME SHELTER:  Visual Art 11
Cruising through the artistıs media (pencil, paint, ink, stone, etc.), we will explore the theme of SANCTUARY vs. PERIL.  What space do we create for ourselves that is safe, holy, sheltered?  What is our experience of being Œat riskı, in danger, threatened?  These states of being can be found both at the individual and the collective level, the psychological and political level.  As a child, you may have created a sanctuary through your imagination, with a stuffed animal of blanket.  On a collective/political level we will look at the creation of the Underground Railroad, safe houses and slavery.  
Along with major studio projects, students will also focus on the basic technical skills of drawing and painting, art theory and criticism, and art history.
Credit Value:    Visual Art AVI3M      Prerequisite:    Art 10

GENDER, GENRE, AND GORE: Film in Contemporary Culture
This course explores the history, theory, production, and cultural impact of film on contemporary North American values and lifestyles. Students will examine a wide array of films including the musical, the western, film noir, sci-fi, and a selection of artist-made films. Various critical approaches to film-semiological, genre, feminist, and auteur-will be introduced. Evaluation will be based on a film project, a major research paper, and an examination.
Credit Value: Visual Arts-Film AWR3M     Prerequisite: Eng 11

In the 19th century, the new media and photography and film revolutionized the way we view, interpret and digest the world around us.  For centuries, the only artistıs Œmirrorsı we saw ourselves reflected  in were painting and sculpture.  The technical accuracy awed and inspired people to develop a unique visual language. This course will follow the historical development of cinema, beginning with early photography (E. Muybridge), the first cinematographers (Lumiere Bros), the Silent era, and the major genres of the 20th century.  There will be an emphasis on film as an artistic medium, which has been Œconstructedı by the director, and by the social and historical context of the time.
Credit Value: Visual Arts-Film AWR3M     Prerequisite: Eng 11

SPACE AND PLACE: An Introduction to Environmental Design
What factors create a sense of place? How does the built environment shape who we are and how we are "spaced" in the world? These are some of the questions explored in this course. In logical progression, students analyze the effect of scale, color, light, texture, form and materials on a room, a residence, a commercial space, the urbanscape, the "global village." In addition, students will explore such fantasy spaces as lunar cities, space stations, and cybertopias. Students will develop the skills of analysis, sketching, design, visual presentation and academic writing skills centered on the exploration of the co-evolution of humans and their built environment. Evaluation will be based on a major design project, a research paper, and an midterm and final critique of student projects.
Credit Value:Vis Arts-Enviro Design AWG3M      Prerequisite: Art 10

BLACK, WHITE AND RE(A)D:  Introduction to Photography
This course takes students who may not even know how to load film into their camera through the intricacies of types of cameras and films, the importance of lighting, filters, lenses, and composition. In addition, students will learn how to use the darkroom to create black and white prints and such creative darkroom techniques as sabattier, selective development, and manipulating negatives. Post darkroom techniques such as toning, hand
colouring, collage, and digital manipulation using Photoshop 4.0 will also be introduced. A key goal of this course is to assist every student in developing her/his own unique photographic style. This course has a darkroom fee. Evaluation will be based on in-class critiques, a research paper, and an midterm and final critique of student photographic work.
Credit Value: Visual Art-Photography AWQ3M    Prerequisite: None.
At least one art course is recommended

I SAW THE LIGHT!:  Photography 11
This course will focus on photography as an ART!.  Contemporary and historical photo-based artists and art movements will be used to broaden studentsı understanding and help each student find a Œfocusı for their own  work.  Darkroom and camera technology and composition will be major elements to support the studentıs work.  Students will study meaning, context, and composition in art.  Students will learn how to express ideas and feelings through art, and to talk about art.
Students will study the general History of Photography, plus a selection from the following:  Social Documentary Photography, African Heritage, and various individual artist/photographers, i.e. Man Ray, Diane Arabs.
Credit Value: Vis Art-Photog  AWQ3M     Prerequisite: None.
At least one art course is recommended

Grade 12 Courses