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Social Sciences and Humanities

  • This curriculum was issued in 2013.

Equity Studies

Grade Course Name Course Type Course Code Prerequisite
11 Gender Studies University/College HSG3M None
11 Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice Workplace HSE3E None
12 Equity and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice University/College HSE4M Any university, college, or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies
12 World Cultures University/College HSC4M Any university, college, or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies

Family Studies

Grade Course Name Course Type Course Code Prerequisite
9 or 10 Exploring Family Studies Open HIF1O/2O* None
Fashion and Housing
10 Clothing Open HNL2O None
11 Understanding Fashion College HNC3C None
11 Housing and Home Design Open HLS3O None
12 The World of Fashion University/College HNB4M Any university, college, or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies
Food and Nutrition
9 or 10 Food and Nutrition Open HFN1O/2O* None
11 Food and Culture University/College HFC3M None
11 Food and Culture Workplace HFC3E None
12 Nutrition and Health University HFA4U Any university or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies
12 Nutrition and Health College HFA4C Any university, college, or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies
12 Food and Healthy Living Workplace HFL4E None
General Family Studies
11 Dynamics of Human Relationships Open HHD3O None
12 Families in Canada University HHS4U Any university or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies
12 Families in Canada College HHS4C Any university, college, or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies
12 Human Development throughout the Lifespan University/College HHG4M Any university, college, or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies
12 Personal Life Management Open HIP4O None
Raising and Caring for Children
11 Working with Infants and Young Children College HPW3C None
11 Raising Healthy Children Open HPC3O None
12 Working with School-Age Children and Adolescents College HPD4C Any university, college, or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies

* These courses may be taken at either the Grade 9 or the Grade 10 level. Only one credit may be earned in each of these courses.

General Social Sciences

Grade Course Name Course Type Course Code Prerequisite
11 Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology University HSP3U The Grade 10 academic course in English, or the Grade 10 academic history course (Canadian and world studies)
11 Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology College HSP3C None
12 Challenge and Change in Society University HSB4U Any university, college, or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies

Philosophy

Grade Course Name Course Type Course Code Prerequisite
11 Philosophy: The Big Questions University/College HZB3M None
12 Philosophy: Questions and Theories University HZT4U Any university or university/college preparation   course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies

World Religions

Grade Course Name Course Type Course Code Prerequisite
11 World Religions and Belief Traditions: Perspectives, Issues, and Challenges University/College HRT3M None
11 World Religions and Belief Traditions in Daily Life Open HRF3O None

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Equity Studies

  • Gender Studies, Grade 11, University/College (HSG3M)
    This course enables students to 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 representations of women and men 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 develop and apply research skills and will design and implement a social action initiative relating to gender equity.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice, Grade 11, Workplace (HSE3E)
    This course enables students to develop an understanding of historical and contemporary issues relating to equity, diversity, and social justice in a variety of contexts. Students will explore the nature of diversity and power relations in Canada and how social norms shape individual identity. They will learn about social activism and how to address situations that involve discrimination, harassment, and denial of rights. Students will develop and apply research skills and will design and implement a social action initiative relating to an equity, diversity, or social justice issue.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Equity and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice, Grade 12, University/College (HSE4M) 
    This course enables students to develop an understanding of the theoretical, social, and historical underpinnings 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 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.
    • Prerequisite: Any university, college, or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies
  • World Cultures, Grade 12, University/College (HSC4M)
    This course examines the nature of culture; how cultural identities are acquired, maintained, and transformed; and theories used to analyse cultures. Students will explore world cultures, with an emphasis on the analysis of religious and spiritual beliefs, art forms, and philosophy. They will study the contributions and influence of a range of cultural groups and will critically analyse issues facing ethnocultural groups within Canada and around the world. Students will develop and apply research skills and will design and implement a social action initiative relating to cultural diversity.
    • Prerequisite: Any university, college, or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies

Family Studies

  • Food and Nutrition, Grade 9, Open (HFN1O)
    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
  • Exploring Family Studies, Grade 9, Open (HIF1O)
    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, Grade 10, Open (HFN2O)
    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
  • Exploring Family Studies Grade 10, Open (HIF2O)
    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
  • Clothing, Grade 10, Open (HNL2O)
    This course introduces students to the world of clothing. Students will gain knowledge about clothing and demonstrate basic skills associated with various techniques and technologies used to create garments and accessories. Students will learn about the functions of clothing and accessories and what clothing communicates about the wearer. They will learn how to enhance their personal wardrobe by assessing garment quality, developing shopping strategies, and developing an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of various retail formats. Students will develop research skills as they investigate topics related to clothing.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Understanding Fashion, Grade 11, College (HNC3C)
    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. In addition, students 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
  • Housing and Home Design, Grade 11, Open (HLS3O)
    This course introduces students to a range of issues related to housing and home design. Students will learn about the needs that housing fulfils; housing options; home maintenance and safety; and environmental, economic, legal, and social considerations related to housing. They will use the elements and principles of design to analyse design and decorating decisions. Students will develop research skills as they investigate issues related to housing and home design.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Food and Culture, Grade 11, University/College (HFC3M)
    This course focuses on the flavours, aromas, cooking techniques, foods, and cultural traditions of world cuisines. Students will explore the origins of and developments in diverse food traditions. They will demonstrate the ability to cook with ingredients and equipment from a variety of cultures, compare food-related etiquette in many countries and cultures, and explain how Canadian food choices and traditions have been influenced by other cultures. Students will develop practical skills and apply social science research methods while investigating foods and food practices from around the world.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Food and Culture, Grade 11, Workplace (HFC3E)
    This course focuses on the flavours, aromas, cooking techniques, foods, and cultural traditions of world cuisines. Students will demonstrate the ability to cook with ingredients and equipment from a range of cultures, describe food-related etiquette in a variety of countries and cultures, and explore ways in which Canadian food choices and traditions have been influenced by other cultures. Students will have opportunities to develop practical skills and apply research skills as they investigate foods and food practices from around the world.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Dynamics of Human Relationships, Grade 11, Open (HHD3O)
    This course focuses on helping students understand the individual and group factors that contribute to healthy relationships. Students will examine the connections between their own self-concept and their interpersonal relationships. They will learn and practise strategies for developing and maintaining healthy relationships with friends, family, and community members, as well as with partners in intimate relationships. Students will use research and inquiry skills to investigate topics related to healthy relationships.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Working with Infants and Young Children, Grade 11, College (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.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Raising Healthy Children, Grade 11, Open (HPC3O)
    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
  • Nutrition and Health, Grade 12, University (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 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
  • Nutrition and Health, Grade 12, College (HFA4C)
    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
  • Food and Healthy Living, Grade 12, Workplace (HFL4E)
    This course focuses on the fundamental food needs of young adults. Students will learn how to stock a kitchen, make nutritious food choices, and accommodate the food needs of others. Through a range of practical experiences, they will develop skills needed in food preparation for personal use and for employment in the food industry. They will also learn about dining etiquette in different contexts and about responsible consumer practices. Students will use social science research methods to investigate issues related to food preparation and nutrition.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Families in Canada, Grade 12, University (HHS4U)
    This course enables students to draw on sociological, psychological, and anthropological theories and research to analyse 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 preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies
  • Families in Canada, Grade 12, College (HHS4C)
    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
  • Human Development throughout the Lifespan, Grade 12, University/College (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.
    • Prerequisite: Any university, university/college, or college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies
  • Personal Life Management, Grade 12, Open (HIP4O)
    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
  • Working with School-Age Children and Adolescents, Grade 12, College (HPD4C)
    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
  • The World of Fashion, Grade 12, University/College (HNB4M)
    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 preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies

General Social Sciences

  • Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology, Grade 11, University (HSP3U) 
    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 research, 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)
  • Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology, Grade 11, College (HSP3C)
    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. Students 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
  • Challenge and Change in Society, Grade 12, University (HSB4U)
    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 analyse how and why cultural, social, and behavioural patterns change over time. They will explore the ideas of social theorists and use those ideas to analyse 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 preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies