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Course name:

Grade 12 Global Leadership Theory to Action (IDC4U)

Course code: 



Any university or university/college preparation course

Course dates:

Week of June 27, 2022 - Week of August 29, 2022 (summer component). Action project is completed over the following school year. 


Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


This course will explore theories of leadership, privilege, social and geographical context and human interaction to help students develop and understand their opportunities to actively engage with the world around them, and to enact change locally and internationally. They will learn how to select strategies to define problems, research alternative solutions, assess their thinking in reaching decisions and adapt to change as they acquire new knowledge. Students will investigate concepts of change, implementation, and design to develop a scalable, measurable action plan. They will be responsible for enacting this plan, and iterating or pivoting where necessary to achieve their stated goals. Students will work towards a final pitch presentation where they will integrate graphics and text, using technology appropriately for formatting and special effects. They will also assess their own cognitive and affective strategies, apply general skills in both familiar and new contexts, create innovative products, and communicate new knowledge. 

For Pickering College Grade 11 students going into Grade 12, we are offering an extension to their GLP half-credit. As you may know, all Grade 12 students complete the IDC4O .5 half-credit throughout their Grade 12 year. This half-credit authenticates the Capstone Action Project on their transcript, and is useful for referring to their project and skills on their university applications and scholarship materials. IDC4U - Global Leadership - Theory to Action is a full credit university-level course that can be used for the university application average. Students who register for this extension will attend online classes once a week through July and August, and complete tasks combining academic theories, case studies, data analysis and experiential activities to deepen their understanding of leadership and taking action. Throughout their Grade 12 year, they will complete the core GLP program with their classmates as well as further extending their learning through online activities and assignments to fulfil the credit criteria. 

External students will complete their action project during the school year as well, with additional checkpoints and assessments throughout. They will follow the same timeline as Pickering College students, and pitch their final projects at the same time. They will also complete the course in May 2022.

Outline of course content: 

  • Global Context, Ethics and Privilege
  • Leadership Theories
  • Research, Data and Evidence Analysis in the 21st Century
  • Behaviour and Change
  • Action Methodology and Risk Assessment
  • Case Studies
  • Capstone Project research review
  • Design Process and Action Planning
  • Implementing and Iterating Cycle
  • Scaling Up
  • Perfecting the Pitch 
  • Academic Reflection 

Overall curriculum expectations: 

Theory and Foundations

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key ideas and issues related to global leadership and other disciplines studied;

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different perspectives and approaches used in each of the subjects studied;

  • Demonstrate the skills and strategies used to develop interdisciplinary products and activities.

Processes and Methods of Research

  • Be able to plan for research, using a variety of strategies and technologies;

  • Be able to access appropriate resources, using a variety of research strategies and technologies;

  • Be able to process information, using a variety of research strategies and technologies;

  • Be able to assess and extend their research skills to present their findings and solve problems.

Implementation, Evaluation, Impacts and Consequences

  • Implement and communicate information about interdisciplinary endeavors, using a variety of methods and strategies;

  • Evaluate the quality of interdisciplinary endeavors, using a variety of strategies;

  • Analyze and describe the impact on society of interdisciplinary approaches and solutions to real-life situations;

  • Analyze and describe how interdisciplinary skills relate to personal development and careers.