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Family Studies Department

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 explore the ways in which individuals influence and are influenced by families, communities, cultures, institutions, and societies, and by ideas, norms, and values.

Family Studies integrates 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, housing, and health sciences.

Why take Family Studies at GSS?

• In a climate of significant cultural change, students with a family studies background are better prepared for careers that enhance the lives of children, youth, families, and their communities
• Practical labs provide hands-on experiences relevant to everyday life
• Receive the tools needed to explore social science questions and complete your own research and analysis
• Become familiar with current issues that affect individuals, families and cultures
• Identify and refine skills that contribute to personal well – being
• Develop critical and creative thinking skills
• Gain hands-on experience needed to develop practical skills and understandings

Family Studies Courses at GSS

• HFN10 – Grade 9 Food and Nutrition
• HIF20 – Grade 10 Exploring Family Studies
• HFC3M – Grade 11 Food and Culture
• HFA4U – Grade 12 Health and Nutrition

Related Courses at GSS

Visit the Social Science and HealthCare pages to further explore courses that might be of interest to you!