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Family Studies Department


F. Pathan

P. Ahmed

C. Powers

M. Miller (Head)




Family studies is an interdisciplinary subject area integrating social and physical sciences in

the study of topics arising from daily life. It includes the study of individual and family

development, relationships, parenting, decision making, resource management, food and

nutrition, clothing and textiles, and health sciences. The Grade 9 and 10 family studies

courses emphasize acquiring knowledge and skills through practice and experiential learning.

In these courses, concepts are learned and consolidated through practical, hands-on

applications. At the same time, students are given the opportunity to develop critical and

creative thinking skills.


The Ontario Curriculum, 1999


Course Descriptors

Food and Nutrition,
Grade 9 or 10, Open (HFN1O/HFN20)

This course explores the factors that affect attitudes and decisions about food, examines current issues of body image and food marketing and is grounded in the scientific study of nutrition. Students will learn how to make informed food choices, how to prepare foods and will investigate our Canadian food heritage and food industries, as well as global food issues. The course also introduces students to research skills related to food and nutrition.
Prerequisite: None

Individual and Family Living,
Grade 9 or 10, Open (HIF1O/HIF20)

This course explores the challenges faced by all people: how to meet basic needs, how to relate to others, how to manage resources and how to become responsible members of society. Students will acquire knowledge and skills that are needed to make the transition to adulthood. Teachers will instruct students in developing interpersonal, decision-making and practical skills related to daily life. Students will explore the functioning of families and the diversities found among families and within society.
Prerequisite: None

Managing Personal and Family Resources,
Grade 11, College Preparation (HIR3C)

This course explores how to use human, material and community resources effectively, and how to make informed choices with respect to clothing purchases, finance, food and nutrition, housing and transportation. Students will learn about the dynamics of human interaction, how to make responsible choices in their transition to post-secondary education and careers, and strategies to enable them to manage time, talent and money effectively. This course also introduces students to skills used in researching and investigating resource management.
Prerequisite: None

Fashion and Creative Expression,
Grade 11, Open (HNC3O)

This course explores what clothing communicates about the wearer and how it becomes a creative and entrepreneurial outlet through the design and production process. Students will learn, through practical experiences, about the nature of fashion design, the characteristics of fibres and fabrics, the construction, production, and marketing of clothing, and how to plan for a wardrobe that is appropriate for an individual’s appearance, activities, employment and lifestyle. Students will develop research skills as they explore the evolution of fashion and its relationship to society, culture and individual psychology.
Prerequisite: None

Parenting, Grade 11, Open (HPC3O)
This course focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to promote the positive and healthy nurturing of children, with particular emphasis on the critical importance of the early years to human development. Students will learn how to meet the developmental needs of young children, communicate and discipline effectively, and guide early behaviour. They will have practical experiences with infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and will learn skills in researching and investigating questions relating to parenting.
Prerequisite: None

Individuals and Families in a Diverse Society,
Grade 12, University/College Preparation (HHS4M)

This course applies current theories and research from the disciplines of anthropology, psychology and sociology to the study of individual development, family behaviour, intimate and parent-child relationships, and the ways in which families interact within the diverse Canadian society. Students will learn the interpersonal skills required to contribute to the well-being of families, and the investigative skills required to conduct and evaluate research about individuals and families.
Prerequisite: Any University, University/College or College Preparation Course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English or Canadian and World Studies


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