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The following are the courses offered by the Social Science, Hu​manities - Family Studies Dept.

Grade 9 Exploring Family St​udies/Open HIF1O

This course explores some of the fundamental challenges people face within the context of families. Students learn what it means to meet basic needs, how to relate to others, how to manage resources, and how to become responsible members of society. Students will explore adolescent development and will interpersonal, decision-making, and practical skills like cooking and goal setting.

Grade 10 Food & Nutrition/Open HFA2O

This course focuses on nutrition guidelines and making healthy food choices. Students will look at how food choices are impacted by current trends, traditions, food-marketing strategies, and individual needs. Students will also explore food production from the local and global level. Students participate in Chopped Food Competitions and several cooking labs. Students participate in a major social science research project instead of writing a final exam.

Grade 11 Biology and Human Development/Open IDC3O

This interdisciplinary course explores the fascinating biological functions of the human body. Starting at conception through to older adulthood, students look at the complexity of human growth and maturity, while also analyzing the individual, social and political viewpoints that surround human development. Students research about natural and environmental causes of disease and dysfunction and use a solutions-based approach to finding strategies for overall health and wellness.

Understanding Fashion, Grade 11 College Preparation HNC3C

Students will gain an understanding of theories related to fashion trends. They explore how culture, media, retailing, social and environmental factors influence fashion and consumer behaviour. Students will use various tools, technologies, and techniques in order to create a sewing project of their choice. In addition, students will apply knowledge of the elements and principles of design and complete a shopping assignment.

Working With Infants and Young Children,  Grade 11 College Preparation HPW3C

This course prepares students for occupations involving children from birth to six years of age. Students will study theories about child behaviour and development, and will have opportunities for research and observation and for practical experiences with young children. Students will become familiar with occupational opportunities and requirements related to working with infants and young children. They will also have opportunities to develop research and critical-thinking skills as they investigate and evaluate current research about early childhood education.

World Religions and Belief Traditions: Perspectives, Issues,and Challenges,Grade 11 University/College Preparation HRT3M

This course provides students with opportunities to explore various world religions and belief traditions. Students will develop knowledge of the terms and concepts relevant to this area of study, will examine the ways in which religions and belief traditions meet various human needs, and will learn about the relationship between belief and action. They will examine sacred writings and teachings, consider how concepts of time and place influence different religions and belief traditions, and develop research and inquiry skills related to the study of human expressions of belief.

Gender Studies, Grade 11 University/College Preparation  HSG3M

In this course, students explore the social construction of gender. Students will learn about the dynamic nature of gender roles and norms; sexism and power relations; and the impact of how women and men are represented and perceived in the media, popular culture, and the arts. Students will analyse a range of gender equity issues, including gender-based violence and workplace equity, in both Canadian and global contexts. Students will design and implement a social action initiative relating to gender equity.

Equity and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice, Grade 12 University/College Preparation HSE4M

This course enables students to develop an understanding of the theoretical, social, and historical background of various equity and social justice issues and to analyse strategies for bringing about positive social change. Students will learn about historical and contemporary equity and social justice issues in Canada and around the world. They will explore power relations and the impact of a variety of factors on equity and social justice. Students will become humanitarians and plan a social action initiative relating to equity and social justice.

Nutrition and Health,  Grade 12 University Preparation HFA4U

This course examines the relationships between food, energy balance, and nutritional status; the nutritional needs of individuals at different stages of life; and the role of nutrition in health and disease. Students will evaluate nutrition-related trends and will determine how food choices can promote food security and environmental responsibility. Students will learn about healthy eating, expand on their cooking skills and techniques. Students develop a specialized Health Plan for a patient and participate in an Iron Chef competition.

Families in Canada,  Grade 12 University Preparation HHS4U

This course enables students to draw on sociological, psychological, and anthropological theories and research to analyse the development of individuals, intimate relationships, and parent-child relationships. Students will focus on issues and challenges facing individuals and families in Canada’s diverse society. They will develop analytical tools that enable them to assess various factors affecting families and to consider policies and practices intended to support families in Canada. They will conduct their own inquiry based social science research project based on an issue impacting families in Canada.

The World of Fashion, Grade 12 University/College Preparation HNB4M

Students will learn how to create a sewing project using various tools, techniques, and technologies. Students will learn about various factors that affect the global fashion industry, the needs of specialized markets, and the impact fabric and clothing production. Students have the opportunity to compete in the York Region Skills Competition at Seneca College.

Human Development thru the Lifespan,  Grade 12 University/College Preparation HHG4M

This course offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human development throughout the lifespan. Students will learn about a range of theoretical perspectives on human development. They will examine threats to healthy development as well as protective factors that promote resilience. Students will learn about physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development from the prenatal period through old age and will develop their research and inquiry skills by investigating issues related to human development.
For a full overview of the courses, descriptions and flowcharts please visit Ministry of Ontario Social Sciences and Humanities Curriculum 2013.
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