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ADA4M Drama, 12, University or College Preparation

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This course requires students to experiment individually and collaboratively with forms and conventions of both drama and theatre from various cultures and time periods. Students will interpret dramatic literature and other texts and media sources while learning about various theories of directing and acting. Students will examine the significance of dramatic arts in various cultures, and will analyse how the knowledge and skills developed in drama are related to their personal skills, social awareness, and goals beyond secondary school.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
ADA3M
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AMU4M Music, 12, University or College Preparation

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This course enables students to enhance their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music. Students will perform traditional, commercial, and art music, and will respond with insight to live and recorded performances. Students will enhance their understanding of the function of music in society and the impact of music on themselves and various communities and cultures. Students will analyse how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
AMU3M
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BBB4M International Business Fundamentals, 12, University or College Preparation

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This course provides an overview of the importance of international business and trade in the global economy and explores the factors that influence success in international markets. Students will learn about the techniques and strategies associated with marketing, distribution, and managing international business effectively. This course prepares students for postsecondary programs in business, including international business, marketing, and management.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
none
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CGW4U World Issues: A Geographic Analysis, 12, University Preparation

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This course examines the global challenges of creating a sustainable and equitable future, focusing on current issues that illustrate these challenges. Students will investigate a range of topics including culture, economic, and geopolitical relationships, regional disparities in the ability to meet basic human needs, and protection of the natural environment. Students will use geo-technologies and skills of geographic inquiry and analysis to develop and communicate balanced opinions about the complex issues facing Canada and a world that is interdependent and constantly changing.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
Any university or university / college preparation course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies.
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CHI4U Canada: History, Identity, and Culture, 12, University Preparation

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This course traces the history of Canada, with a focus on the evolution of our national identity and culture as well as the identity and culture of various groups that make up Canada. Students will explore various developments and events, both national and international, from precontact to the present, and will examine various communities in Canada and how they have contributed to identity and heritage in Canada. Students will investigate the development of culture and identity, including national identity, in Canada and how and why they have changed throughout the country’s history. They will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, as they investigate the people, events, and forces that have shaped Canada.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
Any university or university / college preparation course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies.
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CHY4U World History since the Fifteenth Century, 12, University Preparation

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This course traces major developments and events in world history since approximately 1450. Students will explore social, economic, and political changes, the historical roots of contemporary issues, and the role of conflict and cooperation in global interrelationships. They will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, as they investigate key issues and ideas and assess societal progress or decline in world history.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
Any university or university / college preparation course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies.
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CIA4U Analysing Current Economic Issues, 12, University Preparation

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This course examines current Canadian and international economic issues, developments, policies, and practices from diverse perspectives. Students will explore the decisions that individuals and institutions, including governments, make in response to economic issues such as globalization, trade agreements, economic inequalities, regulation, and public spending. Students will apply the concepts of economic thinking and the economic inquiry process, as well as economic models and theories, to investigate, and develop informed opinions about, economic trade-offs, growth, and sustainability and related economic issues.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
Any university or university / college preparation course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies.
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CPW4U Canadian and International Politics, 12, University Preparation

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This course explores various perspectives on issues in Canadian and world politics. Students will explore political decision making and ways in which individuals, stakeholder groups, and various institutions, including governments, multinational corporations, and non-governmental organizations, respond to and work to address domestic and international issues. Students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate issues, events, and developments of national and international political importance, and to develop and communicate informed opinions about them.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
Any university or university / college preparation course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies.
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ENG4C English, 12, College Preparation

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This course emphasizes the consolidation of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse a variety of informational and graphic texts, as well as literary texts from various countries and cultures, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms for practical and academic purposes. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for college or the workplace.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
ENG3C
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ENG4U English, 12, University Preparation

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This course emphasizes the consolidation of the literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse a range of challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures; interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts; and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using academic language coherently and confidently, selecting the reading strategies best suited to particular texts and particular purposes for reading, and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for university, college, or the workplace.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
ENG3U
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ETS4U Studies in Literature, 12, University Preparation

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This course is for students with a special interest in literature and literary criticism. The course may focus on themes, genres, time periods, or countries. Students will analyse a range of forms and stylistic elements of literary texts and respond personally, critically, and creatively to them. They will also assess critical interpretations, write analytical essays, and complete an independent study project.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
ENG3U
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EWC4U The Writer's Craft, 12, University Preparation

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This course emphasizes knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing. Students will analyse models of effective writing; use a workshop approach to produce a range of works; identify and use techniques required for specialized forms of writing; and identify effective ways to improve the quality of their writing. They will also complete a major paper as part of a creative or analytical independent study project and investigate opportunities for publication and for writing careers.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
ENG3U
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FSF4U Core French, 12, University Preparation

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This course provides extensive opportunities for students to speak and interact in French independently. Students will develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, apply language learning strategies in a wide variety of real-life situations, and develop their creative and critical thinking skills through responding to and interacting with a variety of oral and written texts. They will also enrich their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
FSF3U
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HFA4U Nutrition and Health, 12, University Preparation

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This course examines the relationships between food, energy balance, and nutritional status; the nutritional needs of individuals at different stages of life; and the role of nutrition in health and disease. Students will evaluate nutrition-related trends and will determine how food choices can promote food security and environmental responsibility. Students will learn about healthy eating, expand their repertoire of food-preparation techniques, and develop their social science research skills by investigating issues related to nutrition and health.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
Any university or university / college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies.
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HHS4C Families in Canada, 12, College Preparation

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This course enables students to develop an understanding of social science theories as they apply to individual development, the development of intimate relationships, and family and parent-child relationships. Students will explore a range of issues relating to the development of individuals and families in contemporary Canadian society as well as in other cultures and historical periods. They will develop the investigative skills required to conduct research on individuals, intimate relationships, and parent-child roles and relationships in Canada.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
Any university or university / college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies.
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HHS4U Families in Canada, 12, University Preparation

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This course enables students to draw on sociological, psychological, and anthropological theories and research to analyse the development of individuals, intimate relationships, and family and parent-child relationships. Students will focus on issues and challenges facing individuals and families in Canada’s diverse society. They will develop analytical tools that enable them to assess various factors affecting families and to consider policies and practices intended to support families in Canada. They will develop the investigative skills required to conduct and communicate the results of research on individuals, intimate relationships, and parent-child relationships.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
Any university or university / college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies.
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HSB4U Challenge and Change in Society, 12, University Preparation

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This course focuses on the use of social science theories, perspectives, and methodologies to investigate and explain shifts in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour and their impact on society. Students will critically analyse how and why cultural, social, and behavioural patterns change over time. They will explore the ideas of social theorists and use those ideas to analyse causes of and responses to challenges such as technological change, deviance, and global inequalities. Students will explore ways in which social science research methods can be used to study social change.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
Any university or university / college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies.
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HZT4U Philosophy: Questions and Theories, 12, University Preparation

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This course enables students to acquire an understanding of the nature of philosophy and philosophical reasoning skills and to develop and apply their knowledge and skills while exploring specialized branches of philosophy (the course will cover at least three of the following branches: metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, philosophy of science, social and political philosophy, aesthetics). Students will develop critical thinking and philosophical reasoning skills as they formulate and evaluate arguments related to a variety of philosophical questions and theories. They will also develop research and inquiry skills related to the study and practice of philosophy.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
Any university or university / college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies.
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ICS4U Computer Science, 12, University Preparation

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This course enables students to further develop knowledge and skills in computer science. Students will use modular design principles to create complex and fully documented programs, according to industry standards. Student teams will manage a large software development project, from planning through to project review. Students will also analyse algorithms for effectiveness. They will investigate ethical issues in computing and further explore environmental issues, emerging technologies, areas of research in computer science, and careers in the field.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
ICS3U
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IDC4U Interdisciplinary Studies, Data Science, 12, University Preparation

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This course will help students develop and consolidate the skills required for and knowledge of different subjects and disciplines to solve problems, make decisions, create personal meaning, and present findings beyond the scope of a single subject or discipline. Students will apply the principles and processes of inquiry and research to effectively use a range of print, electronic, and mass media resources; to analyse historical innovations and exemplary research; and to investigate real-life situations and career opportunities in interdisciplinary endeavours. They will also assess their own cognitive and affective strategies, apply general skills in both familiar and new contexts, create innovative products, and communicate new knowledge.

This course combines theory from International Business (BBB4M), Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U), and Computer Science (ICS4U) to cover concepts in the area of Data Science. Data Scientists require skills and experience in all three disciplines in order to be able to analyse data, provide insights and offer suggestions based on data. Students will gain practical experience with Data Science tools, such as R programming and IBM’s Data Scientist Workbench, and evaluate case studies based on real world business problems.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
Any university or university/college preparation course.
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MAP4C Foundations for College Mathematics, 12, College Preparation

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This course enables students to broaden their understanding of real-world applications of mathematics. Students will analyse data using statistical methods; solve problems involving applications of geometry and trigonometry; solve financial problems connected with annuities, budgets, and renting or owning accommodation; simplify expressions; and solve equations. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

This course prepares students for college programs in areas such as business, health sciences, and human services, and for certain skilled trades.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
MBF3C or MCF3M
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MCT4C Mathematics for College Technology, 12, College Preparation

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This course enables students to extend their knowledge of functions. Students will investigate and apply properties of polynomial, exponential, and trigonometric functions; continue to represent functions numerically, graphically, and algebraically; develop facility in simplifying expressions and solving equations; and solve problems that address applications of algebra, trigonometry, vectors, and geometry. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems. This course prepares students for a variety of college technology programs.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
MCR3U or MCF3M
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MCV4U Calculus and Vectors, 12, University Preparation

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This course builds on students' previous experience with functions and their developing understanding of rates of change. Students will solve problems involving geometric and algebraic representations of vectors and representations of lines and planes in three dimensional space; broaden their understanding of rates of change to include the derivatives of polynomial, sinusoidal, exponential, rational, and radical functions; and apply these concepts and skills to the modelling of real-world relationships. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended for students who choose to pursue careers in fields such as science, engineering, economics, and some areas of business, including those students who will be required to take a university-level calculus, linear algebra, or physics course.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
MHF4U
(may be taken concurrently)
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MDM4U Mathematics of Data Management, 12, University Preparation

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This course broadens students' understanding of mathematics as it relates to managing data. Students will apply methods for organizing and analysing large amounts of information; apply counting techniques, probability, and statistics in modelling and solving problems; and carry out a data management investigation that integrates the expectations of the course and encourages perseverance and independence. Students planning to pursue university programs in business, the social sciences, or the humanities will find this course of particular interest.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
MCR3U or MCF3M
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MHF4U Advanced Functions, 12, University Preparation

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This course extends students’ experience with functions. Students will investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; develop techniques for combining functions; broaden their understanding of rates of change; and develop facility in applying these concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended both for students taking the Calculus and Vectors course as a prerequisite for a university program and for those wishing to consolidate their understanding of mathematics before proceeding to any one of a variety of university programs.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
MCR3U or MCT4C
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OLC4O Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course, 12, Open

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This course is designed to help students acquire and demonstrate the cross-curricular literacy skills that are evaluated by the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Students who complete the course successfully will meet the provincial literacy requirement for graduation.

Students will read a variety of informational, narrative, and graphic texts and will produce a variety of forms of writing, including summaries, information paragraphs, opinion pieces, and news reports. Students will also maintain and manage a portfolio containing a record of their reading experiences and samples of their writing.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
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PSK4U Introduction to Kinesiology, 12, University Preparation

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This course focuses on the study of human movement and of systems, factors, and principles involved in human development. Students will learn about the effects of physical activity on health and performance, the evolution of physical activity and sport, and the physiological, psychological, and social factors that influence an individual’s participation in physical activity and sport. The course prepares students for university programs in physical education and health, kinesiology, health sciences, health studies, recreation, and sports administration.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
Any Grade 11 university or university/college preparation course in science, or any Grade 11 or 12 course in health and physical education.
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SBI4U Biology, 12, University Preparation

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This course provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes associated with biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biochemistry, metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on achievement of the detailed knowledge and refinement of skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
SBI3U
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SCH4U Chemistry, 12, University Preparation

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This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, energy changes and rates of reaction, chemical systems and equilibrium, electrochemistry, and atomic and molecular structure. Students will further develop problem-solving and laboratory skills as they investigate chemical processes, at the same time refining their ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in daily life, and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
SCH3U
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SNC4M Science, 12, University or College Preparation

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This course enables students, including those pursuing postsecondary programs outside the sciences, to increase their understanding of science and contemporary social and environmental issues in health-related fields. Students will explore a variety of medical technologies, pathogens and disease, nutritional science, public health issues, and biotechnology. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study and helps refine students' scientific investigation skills.

Prerequisite: SNC2D or any Grade 11 university, university/college, or college preparation course in science. Course Outline Register Now

SPH4C Physics, 12, College Preparation

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This course develops students' understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore these concepts with respect to motion; mechanical, electrical, electromagnetic, energy transformation, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems; and the operation of commonly used tools and machines. They will develop their scientific investigation skills as they test laws of physics and solve both assigned problems and those emerging from their investigations. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
SNC2D or SNC2P
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SPH4U Physics, 12, University Preparation

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This course enables students to deepen their understanding of physics concepts and theories. Students will continue their exploration of energy transformations and the forces that affect motion, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation. Students will also explore the wave nature of light, quantum mechanics, and special relativity. They will further develop their scientific investigation skills, learning, for example, how to analyse, qualitatively and quantitatively, data related to a variety of physics concepts and principles. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

Tuition Fee (CAD): $579
Prerequisite:
SPH3U
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Course Transfer Policy: A student has the option to transfer from one course to another at any time within the 18-month completion deadline.* If a student transfers into a new course, the 18-month deadline will not refresh. The student will be required to complete the new course within the original 18-month deadline, based on the enrolment date of the original course. If a student requests a transfer, an administrative fee will apply. This fee may range from $49-$304 depending on the circumstances.

*Transfers will not be available to a student who has completed more than three assessments or to a student who has extended the course past the initial 18 month deadline.

Student enrolment Policy: There is no set schedule for a student to follow, nor are there due dates for completing assignments. The student may start their course within 24 hours of registration and move through it at their own pace. The only restriction is that the course must be completed within 18 months of enrolment. A student will be removed from a course if it is not completed within 18 months.

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