World Cultures HSC4M


This course examines the nature of culture, how cultural identities are acquired, maintained, and transformed, and the theories used to analyze cultures. Students will explore world cultures, emphasizing the analysis of religious and spiritual beliefs, art forms, and philosophy. They will study the contributions and influence of various cultural groups and critically analyze issues facing ethnocultural groups within Canada and globally. Students will develop and apply research skills while designing and implementing a social action initiative related to cultural diversity.

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The HSC4M World Cultures course is intended for Grade 12 students who are interested in understanding the diverse cultural practices and expressions worldwide. This course will prepare students for postsecondary studies in social sciences and related fields.

Course Overview

Students will explore the role of cultural expressions in shaping identities, analyze the effects of cultural change on different societies, and develop skills in research and inquiry. This course also addresses critical issues such as cultural appropriation, globalization, and the preservation of cultural heritage.


The prerequisite for this course is Any university, college, or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies .

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand the concept of culture and its significance in shaping identities and worldviews.
  • Analyze how cultural expressions such as art, language, and traditions contribute to cultural identity.
  • Evaluate the impact of cultural change and how it affects societies at different rates.
  • Develop research skills to investigate critical cultural issues, including globalization and cultural appropriation.
  • Explore ways to maintain cultural heritage while fostering intercultural understanding.


  • Exploring: Explore topics related to world cultures and/or cultural groups, and formulate questions to guide their research.
  • Investigating: Create research plans, and locate and select information relevant to their chosen topics, using appropriate social science research and inquiry methods.
  • Processing Information: Assess, record, analyze, and synthesize information gathered through research and inquiry.
  • Communicating and Reflecting: Communicate the results of their research and inquiry clearly and effectively, and reflect on and evaluate their research, inquiry, and communication skills.



  • Understanding Culture: Demonstrate an understanding of the elements and functions of culture, and of the nature of cultural influence.
  • Cultural Dynamics: Analyze how cultural identities are socially constructed, preserved, transmitted, and transformed.
  • Theoretical Analysis of Culture: Demonstrate an understanding of theories and concepts related to the study of culture, and apply these theories to analyze various cultures.



  • Art, Philosophy, and Religion: Demonstrate an understanding of artistic expressions, philosophies, and religious/spiritual beliefs found within specific cultures, and how these expressions relate to various aspects of those cultures.
  • Cultural Expressions in Context: Analyze specific cultural expressions and a range of factors that can affect them.
  • Contributions and Influences: Assess the contributions to and influence on various cultures/societies, including Canada, of a diverse range of ethnocultural groups and individuals from those groups.



  • Power Relations: Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of power relations within specific cultural groups and between minority and majority cultures.
  • Policies and Issues: Demonstrate an understanding of past and present policies and issues affecting cultural diversity in Canada, and compare Canada's approach to such policies with those in other countries.
  • Social Action and Personal Engagement: Design, implement, and evaluate an initiative to address an issue related to cultural groups or promoting cultural diversity.

Course Details

Course CodeHSC4M
Course TypeAcademic
FormatUniversity Preparation
PrerequisiteAny university or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies
Course TitleSpace & Astronomy
GradeGrade 12
Credit Value1.0

Outline of Course Content

1Culture as a Construct30 Hours
2Culture as an Expression30 Hours
3Culture as Dynamic25 Hours
4Culture as Social Action25 hours
Final Assessment0 hours
Total Time110 Hours