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Families in Canada - HHS4U

ILC Course Code: HHS4U-A

Grade 12, University Preparation, 1.0 credit

Prerequisites
any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities

Course Description

In this course, you will draw on sociological, psychological, and anthropological theories and research to analyse the development of individuals, intimate relationships, and family and parent-child relationships. You will focus on issues and challenges facing individuals and families in Canada’s diverse society. You will develop analytical tools that enable you to assess various factors affecting families and to consider policies and practices intended to support families in Canada. You will develop the investigative skills required to conduct and communicate the results of research on individuals, intimate relationships, and parent-child relationships.

Online Submission

Online submission of course work is required for this course using Microsoft Word © or OpenOffice Writer.

Supplementary materials

You will need a computer with Internet access.

Unit 1: What makes us individuals? (Part A)

You will begin to look at social science data, see the alternative perspectives that anthropology, psychology, and sociology use to make sense of the world, review the life stages or passages that most individuals go through, get an overview of the social science inquiry process, and start your research! You’ll also complete assessment tasks and get feedback on your work at the end of each unit.

Unit 2: What makes us individuals? (Part B)

You will begin to look at social science data, see the alternative perspectives that anthropology, psychology, and sociology use to make sense of the world, review the life stages or passages that most individuals go through, get an overview of the social science inquiry process, and start your research! You’ll also complete assessment tasks and get feedback on your work at the end of each unit.

Unit 3: What is a family? (Part A)

The focus of study is ‘family’. You’ll look at various definitions of family. You’ll learn what functions families have in common and how different they can be. You`ll continue working with the social science research process to choose your research topic, develop a research question, and make a hypothesis. Using secondary sources you’ll research and analyze some of the factors that affect families in a variety of cultures and historical periods and see how they adapt. You’ll complete assessment tasks in each unit. In Unit 3 it’s a peer assessment and at the end of Unit 4 you’ll complete a short answer test that will be marked by computer.

Unit 4: What is a family? (Part B)

The focus of study is ‘family’. You’ll look at various definitions of family. You’ll learn what functions families have in common and how different they can be. You`ll continue working with the social science research process to choose your research topic, develop a research question, and make a hypothesis. Using secondary sources you’ll research and analyze some of the factors that affect families in a variety of cultures and historical periods and see how they adapt. You’ll complete assessment tasks in each unit. In Unit 3 it’s a peer assessment and at the end of Unit 4 you’ll complete a short answer test that will be marked by computer.

Unit 5: Where did marriage come from, and will it last?

Here the focus shifts to relationships, especially intimate relationships such as marriage. The legal requirements for getting married and an overview of the historical, religious, and cultural perspectives of marriage are given. You’ll learn about theories of attraction and selection; about why conflict arises; and about the attitudes needed to build satisfying and lasting relationships. Current issues such as alternatives to marriage and reproductive technology; as well as challenges such as domestic abuse, and divorce are discussed. On the research process, methods of conducting primary research and some aspects of ethical practice are explained and you’ll practice doing interviews by collecting data and reporting your results in a summary article. You’ll complete assessment of learning tasks in at the end of the unit.

Unit 6: How does parenting affect you forever? (Part A)

You’ll begin by examining the decision to become a parent and the issues attached to that decision. The parental role in the socialization of children and child-rearing practices will be examined using different theoretical perspectives and the roles of other socializing agents will be discussed. Parenting styles and the importance of effective parent-child interactions are introduced and you’ll use this knowledge to conduct an observational study. You will learn about the role of the Children’s Aid Society and see how it supports parents and children in their community. At the end of the course you`ll demonstrate your skills and knowledge by completing  your research project and submitting the research paper for the final assessment of learning task at the end of Unit 7.

Unit 7: How does parenting affect you forever? (Part B)

You’ll begin by examining the decision to become a parent and the issues attached to that decision. The parental role in the socialization of children and child-rearing practices will be examined using different theoretical perspectives and the roles of other socializing agents will be discussed. Parenting styles and the importance of effective parent-child interactions are introduced and you’ll use this knowledge to conduct an observational study. You will learn about the role of the Children’s Aid Society and see how it supports parents and children in their community. At the end of the course you`ll demonstrate your skills and knowledge by completing  your research project and submitting the research paper for the final assessment of learning task at the end of Unit 7.

This is the English version of the course.

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