Social 30-1 Online


Instructor: Phil Bruno

Price: $119 Prepaid

Course Schedule

Class Date Location
Class 1 Saturday January 6 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm Online - virtual classroom Phil Bruno
Class 2 Sunday January 7 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm Online - virtual classroom Phil Bruno
Class 3 Choices
Class 3 focus is on part B of exam - attend either 3a OR 3b
Class 3a Sunday January 14 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm Online - virtual classroom Phil Bruno
Class 3b Sunday January 21 5:45 pm - 9:15 pm Online - Virtual Classroom Phil Bruno

*Revised Schedule

Unable to attend all classes? RTD online students have the option of accessing recordings of any missed classes

Topic Timeline

Class Topic Covered
Class 1 This session of the course will focus directly on the two 30-1 writing assignments. As both writing assignments use sources as prompts, we will review the student expectations for each task. We will practice the skills of interpreting sources as well as identifying the relationships that exist between them. For assignment II, we will practice the skill of identifying an ideological perspective and making this analysis the foundation of the argumentative essay. We will do a general review of political and economic liberalism as students need to connect their writings to this ideology. We will also do an in-depth examination of the categories on the scoring guides and we will take a critical look at some pieces of writing in order to determine what constitutes excellent (and not so excellent) diploma exam writing.
Class 2 Class 2 is a continuation from Class 1. See above description
Class 3 During this part of the Social 30-1 prep course we will focus on review of the main course and curricular concepts that are essential for success on both the written and multiple choice components of the Diploma Exam. As we work our way through the curriculum, special attention will be given to source analysis, with key skills and strategies being provided. Working with sources during the course review will give students important skills in concept synthesis and source analysis, both of which are essential on the diploma exam. As we progress though the course, we will work on and discuss many multiple choice exam questions. This will enable students to build important skills and strategies to hone their multiple choice skills and tailor them directly towards the ways in which Social Studies questions are frequently written. Throughout the review we will look at the historical development of liberalism and its viability as an economic ideology. We will also review the connection between liberalism and political ideologies. We will conclude the review by examining the different types of sources that are now being used on the new "dash 1" Diploma Exam.

Phil Bruno
Calgary Board of Education

Phil Bruno has been a dedicated High School Teacher for 17 years. He has had his entire career dedicated to teaching Social Studies at all levels. Phil has taught the 30 level for the last 7 years and has also marked the Diploma Exams for the last 6 years. While teaching at William Aberhart, Phil has helped develop the program for the “New” Social curriculum. In class, Phil believes in supporting concepts with solid real life examples to help the students relate to the curriculum. Phil is energetic and passionate about his role in helping students achieve their full potential.