CGC1DB (Issues in Canadian Geography, Fast Forward)

This course will focus on developing a greater appreciation of the issues that affect Canadians within and between our borders. We will be investigating topics such as disaster preparedness, immigration, resource depletion, sustainable consumerism and urbanization.  This course will emphasize the importance of staying in touch with issues by watching and discussing current events in the news.


CGC1DI (Issues In Canadian Geography, Academic)

Examine the interrelationships within and between Canada’s natural and human systems and how these systems interconnect with those in other parts of the world.  Explore environmental, economic, and social geographic issues relating to topics such as international trade, immigration, mega-projects, urban sprawl, climate change, aboriginal relations, and resource depletion.  Apply the concepts of geographic thinking and inquiry to investigate various geographic issues while developing possible approaches for making Canada a more sustainable place to live.



CGF3MI (Forces of Nature—The Physical Geography of Natural Disasters, University College)

“The earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Barry

Tsunamis, tornadoes, volcanoes, earthquakes, earth impacts…sound interesting?  In this course, we’ll lay the foundation for the processes that have helped shape our home – Planet Earth. Students will investigate the dynamic nature of the earth, the evolving relationship between the planet and its people, and the factors that limit our ability to predict the changes that will occur. Students will use a wide range of geotechnologies and inquiry methods to investigate the distribution and interaction of the elements of their physical environment.  Get ready to explore your planet – your home.  Prerequisite:  CGC1PI or CGC1DI.

Field trips may include:

  • hiking at RARE
  • hiking trip to Webster’s Falls in the Niagara Escarpment
  • New York City



CGW4UI (Canadian and World Issues—An Introduction to International Development, University)

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

Why are almost 1 billion people going hungry each day?  Why are children still trafficked into slavery? Why was New York City attacked? Why are some countries so rich, while others are so poor? How long can we keep asking ourselves why?

Although it has been said that we are all passengers on “Spaceship Earth”, many of its 7 billion inhabitants do not have equal opportunities to share in the world’s resources, nor take part in this global community in a meaningful way.  The primary intent of the Canadian and World Issues course is to provide a global perspective on contemporary issues. In a world that is growing intricately connected, it is essential that students become aware of the fact that the development and livelihood of all nations and its people are highly influenced by events and activities in virtually all parts of the world.  Prerequisite: Any Gr. 11 or 12 U or C or M prep course in Canadian and World Studies, English, or Social Sciences and Humanities.

Field trips may include:

  • A tour of NGO Headquarters in Toronto (Free The Children, Right to Play)
  • Waterloo Global Tour  – Centre for International Governance and Innovation, Balsillie School of International Affairs, UW International Development Program
  • New York City

Fields Related to This Course At University:

  • International Affairs and Global Governance, International Development Studies,
  • International Human Rights Studies, International Relations,
  • Environment and Resource Studies, International Law, Corporate Social Responsibility,
  • International Business, Civil and International Development Engineering,
  • International Urban and Rural Planning, Global Studies, Women’s Studies, Native Studies