Social Studies and ERC

Social Studies

The goal of the program is to develop students’ understanding of social issues in the world around them, and to have them develop the critical thinking and communications skills they need to be active and productive participants and leaders in a global society. Students experience many of the customs of Quebec society, and the realities confronting the evolving Jewish community, from both geographic and historical perspectives.

Bialik’s Social Studies Department is committed to offering a challenging program which is inextricably connected with progressions of learning mandated by the Quebec Government. Courses, although offered in English and French, are underpinned by identical content and competencies.Students will also frequently encounter the realities confronting the evolving Jewish community across time and space.

In addition to core requirements, the department has set priorities that promote a critical appreciation of the student’s development as a citizen in local and global contexts. A second priority is that of promoting, through a variety of means, greater geographic literacy. These thrusts are interwoven throughout our core programs. Beyond this, a variety of options in the senior 


ERC (Ethics and Religious Culture)

Quebec society is pluralistic. This is evident in the diversity of values and beliefs held by individuals and groups. This diversity contributes to shaping Quebec culture. Living together in this diverse society requires that we understand and appreciate each other’s values and beliefs. The Ethics and Religious Culture program attempts to contribute to this learning. This program brings together two essentially distinct dimensions of the social reality, each of which is reflected in diverse forms of expression that are particularly sensitive. Through this, students will be encouraged to engage in critical reflection on ethical questions and to understand the phenomenon of religion by practising, in a spirit of openness, dialogue that is oriented toward contributing to community life. The recognition of others and the pursuit of the common good are the two main objectives of the program. They are interdependent and common to both ethics and religious culture. The Ethics and Religious Culture program promotes the development of two competencies: Reflects on ethical questions and demonstrates an understanding of the phenomenon of religion.