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HHS4U Families In Canada – Grade 12 (University)

  • Grade 12

PREREQUISITE: Any university or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies

GRADE: 12 (University)

AVAILABILITY: Full-time – All Campuses, Private – All campuses, Blyth Academy Online

THE ONTARIO CURRICULUMSocial Science and Humanities

Course Overview

HHS4U online enables students to draw on sociological, psychological, and anthropological theories and research to analyze 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. In HHS4U online, students will develop the investigative skills required to conduct and communicate the results of research on individuals, intimate relationships, and parent-child relationships.

Families and Theoretical Perspectives

Essential Question: What makes a successful family? Does the definition differ depending on the culture?

In this unit, students will be introduced to the family. What has the family looked like in the past? What do Canadian families look like today? Why has the family changed? What is the purpose of families? Students will also be introduced to social science theories. These theories form a foundation for the course and will be applied to the topics studied in the course.


Essential Question: How and when can one prepare for adulthood?

In this unit, students will explore the path to adulthood for individuals by examining the history of teenagers, young adults and seniors in society. Various theories that attempt to explain the processes of maturation, individualization and socialization will be examined. The topics of education and employment will also be studied.

Social Science Research

Essential Question: How can research influence the development of the family?

In this unit, students will be introduced to social science research, from how to pick a topic to how to write annotated bibliographies, essays, and reports. Students will learn how to do primary and secondary research, practice and demonstrate their note-taking abilities, and continue to develop their APA formatting skills.


Essential Question: What makes a successful marriage? How can one create an optimal environment for maintaining healthy relationship?

In this unit, students will explore the development of couple relationships from dating to cohabitation to marriage. The issues that are explored in this unit include divorce, role negotiation, arranged marriage intermarriage, and same-sex marriage.

Parent-Child Relationships

Essential Question: What are the most successful types of parenting? Is there one kind of parenting style that elicits the best results?

In this unit, students will examine the relationship between parents and their children. How can society balance the needs of parents and children? What is society’s obligation to parents and children? At the end of the unit child, spousal and elder abuse is examined to help students recognize the signs.

Please consult our Frequently Asked Questions Page or the Exam section within your course for more details on final exams and the exam fee. More information can also be found in our Student Handbook.

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