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In the first year, students will develop and strengthen their analytical and inquiry skills. They will explore, consider, and discuss real-world topics from many different perspectives while developing their personal opinions, communicating effective arguments, and presenting a collaboratively researched project.

This course aims to prepare students to evaluate and analyze information and communicate evidence-based arguments at a university level.

Sample topics include:

  • Revolution
  • Government
  • Wealth and Poverty
  • Discovery
  • Power
  • Myth
  • Liberty
  • Transformation


In the AP Research course, students engage in comprehensive mentored exploration of a real-world topic through research, analysis, and synthesis of information. The course culminates in the production and oral defence of a major written paper of 5,000 words. Building on the AP Seminar course, AP Research aims to prepare students for the rigours of university-level thinking, research, and writing.

Students will gain a rich appreciation for the complexity of important issues. Students will be encouraged to explore a topic through several of the following lenses:

    • Cultural and social
    • Artistic and philosophical
    • Political and historical
    • Environmental
    • Economic
    • Scientific
    • Futuristic
    • Ethical
By the time the above two courses are complete, students will be able to:

  • Think critically and creatively to construct meaning or gain understanding
  • Plan and conduct a study or investigation
  • Propose solutions to real-world problems
  • Plan and produce communication in various forms
  • Collaborate to solve a problem
  • Integrate, synthesize, and make cross-curricular connections
St. Andrew's College
15800 Yonge Street, Aurora, ON L4G 3H7 Canada
Tel: 905-727-3178