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Social Sciences and Humanities

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CodeCourse NameGradeTypePrerequisite
HIF1OExploring Family Studies9OpenNone
HFN1OFood and Nutrition9OpenNone
HIF2OExploring Family Studies10OpenNone
HFN2OFood and Nutrition10OpenNone
HPC3ORaising Healthy Children11OpenNone
HSP3CIntroduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology11CollegeNone
HNC3CUnderstanding Fashion11CollegeNone
HPW3CWorking with Infants and Young Children11CollegeNone
HSP3UIntroduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology11UniversityGrade 10 English, Academic or Grade 10 Canadian and World Studies, Academic
HIP4OPersonal Life Management12OpenNone
HHS4CFamilies in Canada12CollegeAny University, University/College, or College course in English, Social Sciences and Humanities, or Canadian and World Studies
HFA4CNutrition and Health12CollegeAny University, University/College, or College course in English, Social Sciences and Humanities, or Canadian and World Studies
HPD4CWorking with School-Age Children and Adolescents12CollegeAny University, University/College, or College course in English, Social Sciences and Humanities, or Canadian and World Studies
HSE4MEquity and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice12University/ CollegeAny University, University/College, or College course in English, Social Sciences and Humanities, or Canadian and World Studies
HHG4MHuman Development Throughout the Lifespan12University/ CollegeAny University, University/College, or College course in English, Social Sciences and Humanities, or Canadian and World Studies
HNB4MThe World of Fashion12University/ CollegeAny University, University/College, or College course in English, Social Sciences and Humanities, or Canadian and World Studies
HSB4UChallenge and Change in Society12UniversityAny University or University/College preparation course in English, Social Sciences and Humanities, or Canadian and World Studies
HHS4UFamilies in Canada12UniversityAny University or University/College course in English, Social Sciences and Humanities, or Canadian and World Studies
HFA4UNutrition and Health12UniversityAny University or University/College course in English, Social Sciences and Humanities, or Canadian and World Studies

Course descriptions

Exploring Family Studies

(HIF1O/2O – Open) 1 credit

This course explores, within the context of families, some of the fundamental challenges people face: how 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 have opportunities to develop interpersonal, decision-making and practical skills related to daily life. They will learn about the diverse ways in which families function in Canada and will use research skills as they explore topics related to individual and family needs and resources.
Prerequisite: None

 

Food and Nutrition

(HFN1O/2O – Open) 1 credit

This course focuses on guidelines for making nutritious food choices. Students will investigate factors that influence food choices, including beliefs, attitudes, current trends, traditional eating patterns, food marketing strategies and individual needs. Students will also explore the environmental impact of a variety of food choices at the local and global level. The course provides students with opportunities to develop food preparation skills and introduces them to the use of social science research methods in the area of food and nutrition.
Prerequisite: None

 

Raising Healthy Children

(HPC3O – Open) 1 credit

This course focuses on the skills and knowledge parents, guardians and caregivers need, with particular emphasis on maternal health, pregnancy, birth and the early years of human development (birth to six years old). Through study and practical experience, students will learn how to meet the developmental needs of young children, communicate with them and effectively guide their early behaviour. Students will develop their research skills through investigations related to caregiving and child rearing.
Prerequisite: None

 

Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology

(HSP3C – College) 1 credit

This course introduces students to theories, questions and issues related to anthropology, psychology and sociology. Students learn about approaches and research methods used by social scientists. They will be given opportunities to apply theories from a variety of perspectives, to conduct social science research and to become familiar with current issues within the three disciplines.
Prerequisite: None

 

Understanding Fashion

(HNC3C – College) 1 credit

This course introduces students to the world of fashion. Students will gain an understanding of theories related to fashion trends and of how culture, media, fashion cycles, retailing and social and environmental factors influence fashion trends and consumer behaviour. Students will use various tools, technologies and techniques safely and correctly to create fashion items. They will apply knowledge of fibres, fabrics and the elements and principles of design when creating
and assessing fashion-related products. Students will develop research skills as they investigate topics related to fashion.
Prerequisite: None

 

Working with Infants and Young Children

(HPW3C – College) 1 credit

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.
Prerequisite: None

 

Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology

(HSP3U – University) 1 credit

This course provides students with opportunities to think critically about theories, questions and issues related to anthropology, psychology and sociology. Students will develop an understanding of the approaches and research methods used by social scientists. They will be given opportunities to explore theories from a variety of perspectives, to conduct social science and to become familiar with current thinking on a range of issues within the three disciplines.
Prerequisite: The Grade 10 academic course in English or the Grade 10 academic history course (Canadian and World Studies).

 

Personal Life Management

(HIP4O – Open) 1 credit

This course focuses on preparing students for living independently and working successfully with others. Students will learn to manage their personal resources to meet their basic needs for food, clothing and housing. They will also learn about their personal, legal and financial responsibilities and develop and apply interpersonal skills in order to make wise and responsible personal and occupational choices. Students will apply research and inquiry skills while investigating topics related to personal life management. The course emphasizes the achievement of expectations through practical experiences.
Prerequisite: None

 

Families in Canada

(HHS4C – College) 1 credit

This course enables students to develop an understanding of social science theories as they apply to individual development, the development of intimate relationships and family and parent-child relationships. Students will explore a range of issues relating to the development of individuals and families in contemporary Canadian society as well as in other cultures and historical periods. They will develop the investigative skills required to conduct research on individuals, intimate relationships and parent-child roles and relationships in Canada.
Prerequisite: Any University, College, or University/College preparation course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies.

Nutrition and Health

(HFA4C – College) 1 credit

This course focuses on the relationship between nutrition and health at different stages of life and on global issues related to food production. Students will investigate the role of nutrition in health and disease and assess strategies for promoting food security and environmental responsibility. Students will learn about healthy eating, expand their repertoire of food-preparation techniques and refine their ability to use social science research and inquiry methods to investigate topics related to nutrition and health.
Prerequisite: Any University, College, or University/College preparation course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies

 

Working with School-Age Children and Adolescents

(HPD4C – College) 1 credit

This course prepares students for occupations involving school-age children and adolescents. Students will study a variety of theories about child behaviour and development, and will have opportunities for research and observation and for practical experiences with older children. Students will become familiar with occupational opportunities and requirements related to working with older children and adolescents. They will develop research skills used in investigating child and adolescent behaviour and development.
Prerequisite: Any University, College, or University/College preparation course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies

 

Equity and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice

(HSE4M – University/College) 1 credit

This course enables students to develop an understanding of the theoretical, social, and historical underpinnings of various equity and social justice issues and to analyze strategies for bringing about positive social change. Students will learn about historical and contemporary equity and social justice issues in Canada and globally. They will explore power relations and the impact of a variety of factors on equity and social justice. Students will develop and apply research skills and will design and implement a social action initiative relating to an equity or social justice issue.
This course uses the Catholic Companion to Equity and Social Justice (ICE) to support the curriculum.
Prerequisite: Any university, college, or university/college preparation course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World studies

 

Human Development Throughout the Lifespan

(HHG4M – University/College) 1 credit

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.
Prerequisite: Any University, College, or University/College preparation course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies

 

The World of Fashion

(HNB4M – University/College) 1 credit

This course gives students the opportunity to explore the world of fashion. Students will learn how to create a fashion product using various tools, techniques and technologies while developing their practical skills. Students will learn about various factors that affect the global fashion industry, the needs of specialized markets and the impact of fibre and fabric production and care. In addition, they will learn about social and historical influences on fashion. Students will apply research skills when investigating aspects of the fashion world.
Prerequisite: Any University, College, or University/College course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies.

 

Challenge and Change in Society

(HSB4U – University) 1 credit

This course focuses on the use of social science theories, perspectives and methodologies to investigate and explain shifts in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviour and their impact on society. Students will critically analyze how and why cultural, social and behavioural patterns change over time. They will explore the ideas of social theorists and use those ideas to analyze causes of and responses to challenges such as technological change, deviance and global inequalities. Students will explore ways in which social science research methods can be used to study social change.
Prerequisite: Any University or University/College course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies

 

Families in Canada

(HHS4U – University) 1 credit

This course enables students to draw on sociological, psychological and anthropological theories and research to analyze the development of individuals, intimate relationships and family 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 develop the investigative skills required to conduct and communicate the results of research on individuals, intimate relationships and parent-child relationships. Prerequisite: Any University or University/College course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies

 

Nutrition and Health

(HFA4U – University) 1 credit

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 their repertoire of food-preparation techniques and develop their social science research skills by investigating issues related to nutrition and health.
Prerequisite: Any University or University/College preparation course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies