Please note that there are NO prerequisites for Home Economics courses. Students can take any of the following courses for the first time in any grade that the course is offered. For example, you can take Food Studies for the first time when you are in grade 12, without having taken Food Studies in grades 9, 10, or 11.
Explore both Food Studies and Textile Studies in the Home Economics portion of the mandatory Applied Design, Skills and Technologies 8 course.
FOOD STUDIES 9/10
This course focuses on practical cooking labs and food theory. Students will learn the components of food preparation while exploring the culture and cuisine of various countries. Explore exciting topics like pathogenic microbes, factors that influence the availability and choice of food, ethical issues related to food systems and issues surrounding indigenous food sovereignty. Students also create an international cooking show. This course is a true culinary adventure! This course alternates topics each year so that students who choose to take it in Grade 9 and 10 will have new topics and recipes each year.
FOOD STUDIES 11/12
Gain practical experience creating increasingly complex recipes and expand your gastronomic talents in creative labs! Explore social and ethical issues surrounding food, and learn skills that will help you be prepared for life beyond high school. This course alternates topics each year so that students who choose to take it in Grade 11 and 12 will have new topics and recipes each year.
Do you love to bake? Are you considering a career as a pastry chef? This is the course for you. Explore the amazing world of baked goods while exercising your creativity and artistic skills. This course alternates topics each year so that students who choose to take it in Grade 11 and 12 will have new topics and recipes each year.
TEXTILE ART 9-12 (formerly known as Textile Crafts)
Do you craft? Our Textile Arts course will offer the opportunity to blend a love of crafting and textiles together to create unique creative textile projects. Sewing machines will be used for some projects, but no prior experience with a sewing machine is necessary. Topics vary each year but typically include a mix of the following: fabric toys, personal gifts, home décor, yarn crafts (knitting/crochet), quilting, textile embellishment, and upcycling. Let your creativity flow in this hands-on, exciting new take on Textiles! Students are welcome to take this course throughout grade 9-12 as new projects will be offered every year.
FAMILIES AND SOCIETY 10
Finally, Family Studies will be offered at the Grade 10 level! This brand new course will examine definitions of “family,” family dynamics, challenges families face, interpersonal relationships in families, and the role of families and children in society. Students who take this course may choose to continue to learn about a particular topic more in depth in one or more of the grade 11 and 12 courses listed below.
INTERPERSONAL AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS 11
Come delve into the world of relationships with this exciting new course! We’ll discuss types of committed relationships, marriage and commitment customs, how to end a relationship, communication strategies, and safety and health in relationships. This is an excellent course for those considering careers in social work, counseling, psychology, caregiving, teaching, etc. This Grade 11 course is also open to Grade 12 students who are interested in this topic.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND CAREGIVING 12
Child Development and Caregiving 12 will begin with topics surrounding pregnancy and childbirth. We’ll continue to a discussion of child development from birth to age 12, as well as how to care for babies and children in each stage of development. The challenging RealCare Baby project will be offered, where you will have the opportunity to care for a robotic baby for three days and nights. This is an excellent course for those considering careers involving children, including healthcare, teaching, childcare, and recreation, or for those who simply enjoy being around children or who plan to eventually become a parent in the future. This Grade 12 course is also open to Grade 11 students who are interested in this topic.
INTERIOR DESIGN 12 (also called Housing and Living Environments 12)
This exciting new course will have both theoretical and hands-on components. We will examine theories about societal trends and influences on housing needs, laws and regulations pertaining to housing, as well as financial considerations in choosing where to live. The hands-on component will include learning about and applying building, architectural, and interior design methods to your own personal design interests. This is an excellent course for those considering careers involving engineering, architecture, city planning, social work, interior design, law, construction, and more! This Grade 12 course is also open to Grade 11 students who are interested in this topic.
FASHION INDUSTRY 12 (new course)
Are you interested in a career in the Fashion Industry? Or just love learning about fashion? This brand new course will explore a wide variety of topics related to fashion including factors affecting clothing choice, cultural influences in fashion, history of fashion, development of fashion trends, factors involved in developing a collection, marketing practices in fashion, and legal/ethical issues relating to fashion production and marketing. The course may include a hands-on component, depending on student interest.