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Global Sustainability 11

Global Sustainability 11 is an off-timetable 4-credit elective course that combines aspects of science, social studies and leadership. This course, which has been approved by the Vancouver School Board and the B.C. Ministry of Education, will enable students to:

  • understand the issues of sustainability, and their impacts;
  • examine solutions; and
  • develop a self-directed action project.

These issues, impacts and solutions will be examined from local, regional and global perspectives. This course will also enable students from various Vancouver schools to learn from experts in the field of sustainability, and then put this knowledge into practice in their home school or community.

Who is this course for?

  • students entering grade 11 or 12 in September of 2013;
  • students from throughout the Vancouver School District

When will the course be offered?             

  • September – June, 2013
  • Thursday afternoons (4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.).
  • 5 Saturdays (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) September 21, October 19, March 8, April 12, May 10

Note: students must attend all sessions, except in the case of illness.


What will this course examine?


Unit Title Date
Unit 1 Introduction to Sustainability September
Unit 2 Human Population, Migration and Carrying Capacity October
Unit 3 Consumption, Trade and Waste Disposal November
Unit 4 Principles of Ecology, Climate Change, and Biodiversity December
Unit 5 Culture, Health, Education, and Human Rights January
Unit 6 Governance, Economic Development, and Peace February
Unit 7 Transportation March
Unit 8 Housing and Energy April
Unit 9 Water and Food May
Unit 10 Resources: Fossil Fuels, Minerals, Forestry and Fisheries June
Unit 11 Sustainability Action Project September – June


 Global Sustainability 11 - poster (2013-2014).pdf

ACE-IT Programs

The Vancouver School Board offers several district programs for students interested in pursuing industry certification or completing the foundation level of a trade program. These programs save both time and money and offer a huge jump start for students while completing high school graduation. The benefits include:
§ dual credit with a post secondary institution (most programs)§ head start with Foundation program training§ registration with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) – if a trade program§ may lead directly into an apprenticeship§ work experience in the trade

  For more information and an application form, please visit the VSB Career Programs website: → Programs→ Secondary students → Career Programs – here you will find links to ACE IT programs and a pdf brochure for each program. Also visit the Industry Training Authority website: All students applying for ACE IT programs should register at their home school with a full course load. Schools will be asked to modify a student’s timetable when the student is accepted into an ACE IT program.

Vancouver Learning Network

The Vancouver Learning Network is designed to provide opportunities for students to complete secondary school courses in a flexible manner. The program provides a comprehensive selection of quality secondary courses that are delivered largely through asynchronous and self-paced approaches. These courses may replace those in the student's local school, be in addition to their school program, or be a program of full-time studies at VLN.


VSB Adult Education

The Vancouver Board of Education operates six adult centres throughout Vancouver; some centres also provide outreach programs at offsite locations. Our centres provide students* with a wide array of flexible and student-centred learning opportunities that range from the basic literacy level (Ministry Foundations courses, Levels 1-6) to high school completion. 

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