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What are the Social Sciences and the Humanities?
The school Social science and Humanities program comprises four subject areas: General Social Science, Family Studies, Philosophy, and World Religions. The Grade 9 and 10 program deals solely with family studies. All four subject areas are concerned with how students view themselves, their families, their communities, and society as they seek to find meaning in the world around them. Through practical experiences, discussions, debates, research, and study and reflection, Social Science and Humanities courses help students to become self-motivated problem-solvers, equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully face their changing world.
The Social Science and Humanities curriculum is designed both to engage students in reflective learning and to help them develop practical skills. Where appropriate, the program provides opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience. For students taking certain family studies courses, work-experience programs are recommended. In all courses, students are expected to learn and apply the inquiry skills and research methods particular to the discipline, and to conduct research and analysis using both traditional and technological resources.
In every course, the overall and specific expectations are organized in distinct but related strands. The common strands used in the Grade 9 and 10 family studies courses – Self and Others; Personal and Social Responsibilities; Social Challenges; Social Structures; and Diversity, Interdependence, and Global Connections – also appear in the Grade 11 and 12 family studies courses. In other courses in the discipline, subject-specific strands are introduced. All courses include the strand Research and Inquiry Skills, which gives students the opportunity to examine the models of research, problem solving, analysis, and communication particular to the subject of the course and to apply them as part of their learning throughout the course.
Five types of courses are offered in the Social Science and Humanities program: university preparation, university/college preparation, college preparation, workplace preparation, and open courses.
Overview of Grades 9 and 10
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.
In every course, the overall and specific expectations are organized into strands. As noted above, the social science and humanities program in Grades 9 to 12 comprises four subject areas that are linked by the shared goal of having students explore and examine their lives as they relate to family, community, and society. To emphasize the connections between the subject areas, five common strands have been developed to provide students and teachers with an overall framework and a focus for instruction. Although social science and humanities courses are not cumulative, the common strands allow students who take several of these courses to understand the connections among different aspects of the discipline. Individual courses incorporate those common strands that are appropriate to their subject matter; in addition, they include subject-specific strands.
Overview of Grade 11 and 12
All four of the subject areas encompassed by the secondary program in social sciences and humanities – Family Studies, General Social Science, Philosophy, and World Religions – are concerned with how students view themselves, their families, their communities, and society as they seek to find meaning in the world around them. Through practical experiences, discussions, debates, research, study and reflection, and other vehicles for developing critical and creative thinking skills, social science and humanities courses help students become self- motivated problem-solvers equipped with the skills and knowledge that will allow them to face their changing world with confidence.
Overview - Family Studies
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, housing, and health sciences. Courses in family studies allow students to develop critical and creative thinking skills, and to gain the hands-on experience they need to develop practical skills and understanding. In certain courses (Living and Working With Children, and Parenting) many of the expectations will be achieved through practical experiences, including those gained in work placements arranged through cooperative education or work experience programs. It is recommended as well that students taking courses relating to Fashion and Living Spaces and Shelter also be given opportunities to gain practical experience that will allow them to develop the skills and apply the knowledge to which they are introduced in the classroom.
Family Studies Courses Offered at Dunbarton High School
HPW 3C1 - Living and Working With Children, Grade 11, College Preparation
HIR 3C1 - Managing Personal and Family Resources, Grade 11, College Preparation
HIP 3E1 - Managing Personal Resources, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation
HNC 3O1 - Fashion and Creative Expression, Grade 11, Open
HLS 3O1 - Living Spaces and Shelter, Grade 11, Open
HPC 3O1 - Parenting, Grade 11, Open
HFA 4M1 - Food and Nutrition Sciences, Grade 12, University/College Preparation
HHG 4M1 - Human Growth and Development, University/College Preparation
HHS 4M1 - Individuals and Families in a Diverse Society, Grade 12, University/College Preparation
HNB 4O1 - The Fashion Industry, Grade 12, Open
Overview - General Social Science
The general social science courses focus on the contributions made by anthropology, psychology, and sociology to an understanding of human behaviour. They examine the use of social science methodologies to investigate how social and technological changes affect Canadian society, and introduce students to the gathering and interpretation of data. These courses examine society through an exploration of contemporary issues and institutions.
General Social Sciences Courses Offered at Dunbarton High School
HSP 3M1 - Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology,and Sociology, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
HSB 4M1 - Challenge and Change in Society, Grade 12,University/College Preparation
Philosophy applies creative and critical thinking tools to fundamental questions about human nature; personal and social responsibilities; good and evil; the nature of human knowledge; social justice; how science, art, and religion are related; and other such issues. Philosophy trains students in critical and logical thinking, writing, and oral communication, and acquaints themith principles underlying their own values and beliefs as well as those of other people and traditions.
Philosophy Courses Offered at Dunbarton High School
HZB 3O1 - Philosophy: The Big Questions, Grade 11, Open
HZT 4U1 - Philosophy: Questions and Theories, Grade 12, University Preparation
Overview - World Religions
The world religion courses introduce students to an exploration of religions around the world,and provide them with an awareness of the nature, place, and function of religion in diverse societies. The courses examine the critical issues facing world religions and their followers today.
World Religion Courses Offered at Dunbarton High School
HRT 3M1 - World Religions: Beliefs, Issues, and Religious Traditions, Grade 11, University/College Preparation