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Grade 12 Social Sciences & Humanities Courses


Nutrition and Health - Grade 12, University Preparation - HFA4U1

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 and inquiry methods to investigate topics related to nutrition and health. The students will thus have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired, in food labs, where they will prepare meals from various cultures. As well, they will experiment with the chemistry of using different ingredients to see the results in cooking and baking; for example, using butter and oil when making pie crust.
Prerequisite: Any University, University/College or College Preparation course in Social Science and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies.

Challenge and Change in Society - Grade 12, University Preparation - HSB4U1

This course focuses on the use of anthropological, psychological, and sociological 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 conduct seminar style presentations and discussion of various topics. Topics which will be examined throughout the course include the impact of technology, social taboos (tattoos, piercings etc.), health, aging, prejudice and discrimination, globalization etc. on change in society. Students will explore ways in which social science research methods can be used to study social change. The students will have the opportunity to conduct inquiries of their choice throughout the course by using the Etobicoke Collegiate community as their sample population. They will conduct their own research (using such methods as experiments or observations, etc.) as well as examining scholarly sources from other social scientists. They will convey their findings in a proper American Psychological Association style report and presentation.
Prerequisite: Any University, University/College, or College preparation course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies.

Human Development Throughout the Lifespan - Grade 12, University/College Preparation - HHG4M1

This course offers students an introduction to psychology, focusing on human development. Students will look at human changes throughout the lifespan, with a focus on the adolescent period of development (for example, changes in the teen brain, and personality). 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 and report their findings in a proper American Psychological Association style.
Prerequisite: Any University, University/College, or College preparation course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English, or Canadian and World Studies.

Families in Canada - Grade 12, University Preparation - HHS4U1

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. Students will study the changes in family types in society and examine the way they are represented in the media through popular television shows such as Leave it to Beaver (past) and Modern Family (present) etc. 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, University/College, or College preparation course in Social Science and Humanities, English or Canadian and World Studies.

Philosophy - Grade 12, University Preparation - HZT4U1

This course addresses: metaphysics, logic, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, and aesthetics. Students will learn critical-thinking skills, how to develop and explain their own philosophical ideas, and how to apply those ideas to contemporary issues. The course will also help students refine skills used in researching and investigating topics in philosophy.
Prerequisite: Any University or University/College Preparation course in Social Sciences and Humanities, English or Canadian and World Studies.
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