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​The discipline of social sciences and humanities in the Ontario secondary school curriculum encompasses five subject areas: equity studies, family studies, general social sciences, philosophy, and world religions. Although these subject areas are very different from one another, they all systematically explore the ways in which individuals influence and are influenced by families, communities, cultures, institutions, and societies, and by ideas, norms, and values.
 
 

Grade

Course Code

Course Name

10

HFN2O

Food and Nutrition

11

HZB3M

Philosophy: The Big Questions

11

HPC3O

Parenting

11

HSP3U

Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology & Sociology

12

HFA4C

Nutrition and Health

12

HIP4O

Personal Life Management

12

HHS4U

Families in Canada

12

HSB4U

Challenge and Change in Society

12

HZT4U

Philosophy: Questions and Theories

 
 
 


 

 
 
 


 

 
 
 


 

 
 
 


 

 
 
 
 
 
​Gr10. HFN2O Food and Nutrition:  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. COURSE NOTE: There is a $20.00 enhancement fee for this course.
 

Gr11. HZB3M Philosophy: The Big Questions: This course encourages exploration of philosophy’s big questions, such as: What is a meaningful life? What separates right from wrong? What constitutes knowledge? What makes something beautiful? What is a just society? Students will develop critical thinking and philosophical reasoning skills as they identify and analyse the responses of philosophers to the big questions and formulate their own response to them. Students will explore the relevance of philosophical questions to society and to their everyday life. They will develop research and inquiry skills as they investigate various topics in philosophy.

 

Gr11. HPC3O Parenting: 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.

COURSE NOTE: Workbook - $15.00
 

Gr11. HSP3U Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology & Sociology: 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: ENG2D - ENGLISH or CHC2D - CANADIAN HISTORY SINCE WORLD WAR I or CHC2DF - FRENCH IMMERSION CANADIAN HISTORY SINCE WORLD WORLD I

 

Gr12. HFA4C Nutrition and Health: 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.

COURSE NOTE: There is a $20.00 enhancement fee for this course.

 

Gr12. HIP4O Personal Life Management: 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.

 

Gr12 HHS4U Families in Canada: 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.

 
Gr12. HSB4U Challenge and Change in Society: 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.

 

Gr12. HZT4U Philosophy: Questions and Theories: This course enables students to acquire an understanding of the nature of philosophy and philosophical reasoning skills and to develop and apply their knowledge and skills while exploring specialized branches of philosophy (the course will cover at least three of the following branches: metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, philosophy of science, social and political philosophy, aesthetics). Students will develop critical thinking and philosophical reasoning skills as they formulate and evaluate arguments related to a variety of philosophical questions and theories. They will also develop research and inquiry skills related to the study and practice of philosophy.