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Interdisciplinary Studies

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Please remember that not all courses are offered at every OCSB high school. Consult your myBlueprint account for the courses offerings at your school.

Interdisciplinary courses provide an integrated approach to learning. These courses are developed by connecting different subjects through themes, issues or problems that require knowledge from the selected areas. For example, an interdisciplinary studies course in small business would integrate studies in technological design and business entrepreneurship. For specific interdisciplinary courses, see Student Services at your school.

* Students may take only one interdisciplinary course per grade, per level.

Students may take a maximum of three interdisciplinary studies courses – one each of Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 11, Open; Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 12, University Preparation; and Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 12, Open.

CodeCourse NameGradeTypePrerequisite
IDC3O1Applied Journalism11OpenNone
IDC3O2Police Sciences/Foundations11OpenNone
IDC4O1Introduction to Police Foundations12OpenNone
IDC4O2Fire Service and Fire Protection12OpenNone
IDC4U1Mentorship12UniversityAny University or University/College preparation course
IDC4U2Management and Sports and Event Planning12UniversityAny University or University/College preparation course
IDC4U4Global Awareness through Theatre12UniversityAny University or University/College preparation course
IDC4U5The Global Citizen in Action12UniversityAny University or University/College preparation course

Course descriptions

IDC3O1 – Applied Journalism

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

This course combines the expectations for Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 11, Open with selected expectations from two or more other courses, (e.g., Media Arts, Grade 11 (ASM3O) The Enterprising Person, Grade 11 (BDP3O) Media Studies, Grade 11 (EMS3O) Communications Technology, Grade 11 (TGJ3M). This course will help students create informative print, media and electronic products for school and community audiences in diverse formats (e.g., yearbook entries, newspapers, radio and television broadcasts, photojournalism, web pages). Students will investigate sources of information and compare differing perspectives on key issues, developing both a sense of news and news judgment. They will also learn editorial conventions and practices, principles of print and web design and management skills and will explore legal and ethical uses of information that is made public, as well as journalism careers.

 

IDC3O2 – Police Sciences/Foundations

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

This course combines the expectations for the Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 11 Open with selected expectations from the following courses: Grade 11, Health for Life (PPZ3O), Grade 11, Chemistry (SCH3U), Grade 11, Biology (SBI3U/C) and Grade 11, Law (CLU3M). The Police Sciences course will include aspects of law and research with physical education and forensic science. Students will be conducting legal research, arguing cases before a mock court and will be expected to complete physical training to assist in the preparation for the police physical readiness exam. They will also be learning how to process a crime scene using current forensic science techniques. The final project of the course will be to set up a crime scene to be solved and then use the evidence in a mock trial.

 

IDC4O1 – Introduction to Police Foundations

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

This course combines the expectations for the Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 12 Open with selected expectations from the following courses: Grade 11, Understanding Canadian Law (CLU3M), Grade 12, Chemistry (SCH4C) and Grade 12, Healthy and Active Living Education (PAF4O). Topics and themes are explored using an interdisciplinary approach. Students will be expected to describe and critically analyze the existing concepts, problem solving formats and organizational systems within the field of law enforcement. Research skills will be developed and used to assist in the production and presentation of an interdisciplinary product. Throughout the course students will be provided with the opportunity to develop the fitness and skills necessary to complete the Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP). Information literacy and systems thinking will be used by the students to not only understand the field of law enforcement but to make a contribution towards development in this field.

 

IDC4O2 – Fire Service and Fire Protection

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

This course combines the expectations for the Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 12 Open with selected expectations from the following courses: Grade 12, Healthy Active Living Education: Focus on Personal and Fitness Activities (PAF4O), Grade 12, Chemistry (SCH4C), Grade 11, Biology (SBI3C). The Fire Service and Fire Protection course will focus on introducing key core concepts such as fire chemistry and fire behaviour. Students will engage in physical training and its theory in order to prepare for the CPAT physical test for firefighters. In addition, as a potential First Responder, students will cover First Aid and CPR. The course is designed to introduce students to the rewarding career of a firefighter through similar curriculum covered in drill school and exposing them to tangible activities that simulate the instruction that career firefighters receive during their training.

 

IDC4U1 – Mentorship

1 credit, University, Prerequisite: Any University or University/College preparation course

This course combines the expectations for the Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 12 University, with selected expectations from the following courses: Grade 11, Leadership and Peer Support (GPP3O), Grade 12, Challenge and Change in Society (HSB4U) and Grade 12, Families in Canada (HHS4U). All course descriptions can be found in the Ottawa Catholic School Board Course Selection Guide. Students acquire the theoretical understandings contained in the Interdisciplinary Studies course to become knowledgeable and skilled in the practice of mentorship. Students explore human relations, communication and behavior; learning strategies and barriers; and personality and leadership styles that affect individuals in educational and social settings. During the process, students have many opportunities to develop and consolidate their knowledge and skills in different subject areas; they are motivated to solve problems, make decisions, create personal meaning and present findings beyond the scope of a single subject or discipline. A key aspect of this program is the mentoring of students in Grade 7, 8 and 9 during which time the senior students apply the knowledge and skills that they have developed. Students are paired with senior students and through the mentoring process, they improve their literacy, numeracy, communication and planning skills and become more independent and successful learners.

IDC4U2 – Management Sports and Event Planning

1 credit, University, Prerequisite: Any University preparation course or University/College preparation course.

This course combines the expectations for the Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 12 University with selected expectations from the following courses: Grade 11, Marketing: Goods, Services, Events (BMI3C), Grade 12, Analysing Current Economic Issues (CIA4U), Grade 12, Canadian and International Law (CLN4U), Grade 12, Financial Accounting Principles (BAT4M) and Grade 12, Healthy Active Living (PPL4O). All course descriptions can be found in the Ottawa Catholic School Board Course Selection Guide. This course explores the important role that sports and entertainment play in our modern economy. Using diverse resources and research methods, students will analyze the depiction of sports and entertainment in a variety of media. Students will obtain an understanding of business fundamentals and how to apply these fundamentals to sport and entertainment. This course will cover the following topics: marketing essentials, marketing sports, products/services unique to sports marketing, sports media, stadium design, sales, visual merchandising, marketing entertainment, legal issues for sports and entertainment and others.

 

IDC4U4 – Global Awareness through Theatre

1 credit, University, Prerequisite: Any University Preparation course or University/College Preparation course

This course combines the expectations for Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 12 University with selected expectations from the following courses: Grade 12, Drama – Music Theatre (ADB4M) and Challenge and Change in Society (HSB4U). This course will focus on using the arts as a means of expression and incentive for social change. In conjunction with social development organizations, students will be able to apply theories learned in sociology and psychology to move towards a better understanding of required elements for social change. The course will examine the impact of modern psychology on Canadian society and the influence the arts have on these definitions. Students will use musical theatre as the chosen art form to induce change. In the creation of a musical production, students will use developed skills in theatre performance to present work that focuses on social awareness, social development, move through barriers (personal and social) and global development.

 

IDC4U5 – The Global Citizen in Action

1 credit, University, Prerequisite: Any University or University/College preparation course

This course combines the expectations for Interdisciplinary Studies, Grade 12 University, with selected expectations from the following courses: Grade 12, World Issues: Geographic Analysis (CGW4U), Grade 12, Canadian and World Politics (CPW4U) and Grade 12, Analyzing Current Economic Issues (CIA4U). This course will focus on allowing students to take action on issues that are important to them. Students will learn how various non-governmental and governmental agencies deal with social injustices at a local, national and global level and they will critically analyze the effectiveness and transparency of various NGOs. They will study the economic and social impacts of problems like poverty and environmental destruction, as well as the role that governments, corporations and aid agencies can play in addressing these issues.