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Religion & Family Studies

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View Religious Education on pgs. 42-43 and Family Studies on pgs. 45-47 in the 2023-24 WCDSB Course Calendar 
 
OR see below for course descriptions and prerequisites.
GRADE 9 DISCIPLESHIP AND CULTURE (OPEN - HRE1O)
This course engages students in the examination of the Christian narrative as revealed in Sacred Scripture. Students are invited to a deeper understanding of both the joy and the demands of living out the call to discipleship as it is described in the Scriptures. Students explore discipleship as encountered in the Sacred Tradition of the Church (Sacraments, Liturgical Year, and Church Teaching and Law), as part of their ongoing personal growth and faith understanding. Students explore Catholic rituals, teaching, practice, morals and values, and virtues to facilitate a healthy and convenantal relationship with self, God and with others. Using theological reflection, they are challenged to explore the connections and disconnections of ethical concepts (euthanasia, abortion, sexuality, etc.) between the Church and contemporary culture. The course focuses on encouraging students to know and love by following in the footsteps of Jesus. As they learn of his words and deeds, they discover the importance of prayerfully serving the community to bring about the Reign of God.

GRADE 10 CHRIST AND CULTURE (OPEN - HRE2O)
This course both invites and challenges the adolescent to personalize the Gospel values and social justice principles that guide Catholics in understanding their role in shaping culture as disciples of Jesus. Students will explore such foundational topics as: what it means to be human, created in God’s image, what is culture, Christ and culture, living together in solidarity, social justice, prayer and sacrament, friendship and intimacy. Connections between the living Church and contemporary culture are explored in terms of what it means to be a responsible Christian adolescent in a secularized, pluralistic world.
This course can be taken through a dramatic arts experience by signing up for HRE2OD. The student experience will include in-class presentations as well as public performances at local parishes and elementary schools.

GRADE 11 WORLD RELIGIONS AND BELIEF TRADITIONS: PERSPECTIVES, ISSUES, AND CHALLENGES
(UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION – HRT3M1)
This course provides students with opportunities to explore various world religions and belief traditions. Students will develop knowledge of the terms and concepts relevant to this area of study, will examine the ways in which religions and belief traditions meet various human needs, and will learn about the relationship between belief and action. They will examine sacred writings and teachings, consider how concepts of time and place influence different religions and belief traditions, and develop research and inquiry skills related to the study of human expressions of belief.
This course meets Group 1 of the Ministry Diploma requirements.
 
GRADE 11 WORLD RELIGIONS AND BELIEF TRADITIONS IN DAILY LIFE (OPEN – HRF301)
This course enables students to study world religions and belief traditions in local, Canadian, and global contexts. Students will explore aspects of the human quest for meaning and will examine world religions and belief traditions as exemplified in various sacred teachings and principles, rites, and passages. They will also study the interaction throughout history between society and various belief traditions, and will have opportunities to develop research and inquiry skills related to the study of world religions and belief traditions.
This course meets Group 1 of the Ministry Diploma requirements.
This course may be offered as an in-class or online course.

GRADE 12 CHURCH AND CULTURE (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION - HRE4M)
PREREQUISITE: HRE3M OR ENG3U OR ENG3C OR ANY UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY/ COLLEGE, OR COLLEGE PREPARATION COURSE IN SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES
This course enables students to deepen their understanding of how the Church engages contemporary culture with faith and reason, in pursuit of love, justice, and the common good. Students will have opportunity to learn how living
in the Baptismal vocation to a virtuous life, filled with the joy of the Gospel and nurtured by the sacraments, can transform them and society from within, allowing God to reign in human hearts. Students will also refine research and inquiry skills. 
This course may be offered as an in-class or online course.

PHILOSOPHY: QUESTIONS AND THEORIES (UNIVERSITY PREPARATION - HZT4U1)
PREREQUISITE: ANY UNIVERSITY OR UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION COURSE IN SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES, ENGLISH, OR CANADIAN AND WORLD STUDIES.
This course addresses three (or more) of the main areas of philosophy: metaphysics, logic, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, and aesthetics. Students will learn critical-thinking skills, the main ideas expressed by philosophers from a variety of the world’s traditions, how to develop and explain their own philosophical ideas, and how to apply those ideas to contemporary social issues and personal experiences. The course will also help students refine skills used in researching and investigating topics in philosophy. The focus of the course is Christian philosophy.
Philosophy (HZT4U) can be substituted for the Gr. 12 Religion requirement.

GRADE 12 CHURCH AND CULTURE (OPEN - HRE4O)
This course has the aim of assisting students in understanding themselves as moral persons living the way of Christ through an examination of the revelation of sacred Scripture, and the experience and teaching of the Catholic Church. It engages students as critical reflection on significant contemporary moral and ethical issues in light of Scripture, Church teaching and their own experiences (i.e. Theological Reflection). Social and ecological justice issues are explored along with a study of topics that focus on Christian mercy and forgiveness. The graces and challenges of every day human living, understanding who we are, what we are called to be, and living in relationships, including marriage, and family life are explored from a Catholic perspective. Students are challenged to adopt the Christian stance in the political world.
GRADE 10 CLOTHING (OPEN – HNL2O1)
This course introduces students to the world of clothing. Students will gain knowledge about clothing and will demonstrate basic skills associated with techniques and technologies used to create garments and accessories.
Students will learn about the functions of clothing and accessories and what clothing communicates about the wearer. They will learn how to enhance their personal wardrobe by assessing garment quality and will develop
shopping strategies and an understanding of various retail formats. Students will develop research skills as they investigate topics related to clothing.

GRADE 11 UNDERSTANDING FASHION (COLLEGE PREPARATION – HNC3C1)
This course introduces students to the world of fashion. Students will gain an understanding of theories related to fashion trends and of how culture, media, fashion cycles, retailing, and social and environmental factors influence
fashion trends and consumer behaviour. Students will use various tools, technologies, and techniques safely and correctly to create fashion items. They will apply knowledge of fibres, fabrics, and the elements and principles of
design when creating and assessing fashionrelated products. Students will develop research skills as they investigate topics related to fashion.

GRADE 11 HOUSING AND HOME DESIGN (OPEN – HLS3O1)
This course introduces students to a range of issues related to housing and home design.
Students will learn about the needs that housing fulfills; housing options; home maintenance and safety; and environmental, economic, legal, and social considerations related to housing. They will use the elements and principles of design to analyse design and decorating decisions. Students will develop research skills as they investigate issues related to housing and home design.

GRADE 12 THE WORLD OF FASHION (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION – HNB4M1)
PREREQUISITE: ANY UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE, OR COLLEGE PREPARATION COURSE IN SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES, ENGLISH OR CANADIAN AND WORLD STUDIES.
This course gives students the opportunity to explore the world of fashion. Students will learn how to create a fashion product using various tools, techniques and technologies while developing their practical skills. Students will learn about various factors that affect the global fashion industry, the needs of specialized markets, and the impact of fibre and fabric production and care. In addition, they will learn about social and historical influences on fashion. Students will apply research skills when investigating aspects of the fashion world. 
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GRADE 9 OR 10 FOOD AND NUTRITION (OPEN - HFN1O1/2O1)
This course focuses on guidelines for making nutritious food choices. Students will investigate factors that influence food choices, including beliefs, attitudes, current trends, traditional eating patterns, food marketing strategies, and individual needs. Students will also explore the environmental impact of a variety of food choices at the local and global level. The course provides students with opportunities to develop food preparation skills and introduces them to the use of social science research methods in the area of food and nutrition.

GRADE 11 FOOD AND CULTURE (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION - HFC3M1)
This course focuses on the flavours, aromas, cooking techniques, foods, and cultural traditions of world cuisines. Students will explore the origins of and developments in diverse food traditions. They will demonstrate the ability to cook with ingredients and equipment from a variety of cultures, compare food-related etiquette in many countries and cultures, and explain how Canadian food choices and traditions have been influenced by other cultures. Students will develop practical skills and apply social science research methods while investigating foods and food practices from around the world.

GRADE 11 FOOD AND CULTURE (WORKPLACE PREPARATION - HFC3E1)
This course focuses on the flavours, aromas, cooking techniques, foods, and cultural traditions of world cuisines. Students will demonstrate the ability to cook with ingredients and equipment from a range of cultures, describe food-related etiquette in a variety of countries and cultures, and explore ways in which Canadian food choices and traditions have been influenced by other cultures. Students will have opportunities to develop practical skills and apply research skills as they investigate foods and food practices from around the world.

GRADE 12 NUTRITION AND HEALTH (UNIVERSITY PREPARATION - HFA4U1)
PREREQUISITE: ANY UNIVERSITY OR UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION COURSE IN SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES, ENGLISH, OR CANADIAN AND WORLD STUDIES
This course examines the relationships between food, energy balance, and nutritional status; the nutritional needs of individuals at different stages of life; and the role of nutrition in health and disease. Students will evaluate nutrition-related trends and will determine how food choices can promote food security and environmental responsibility. Students will learn about healthy eating, expand their repertoire of foodpreparation techniques, and develop their social science research skills by investigating issues related to nutrition and health.

GRADE 12 NUTRITION AND HEALTH (COLLEGE PREPARATION - HFA4C1) 
PREREQUISITE: ANY UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION COURSE IN SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES, ENGLISH, OR CANADIAN AND WORLD STUDIES
This course focuses on the relationship between nutrition and health at different stages of life and on global issues related to food production. Students will investigate the role of nutrition in health and disease and assess strategies for promoting food security and environmental responsibility. Students will learn about healthy eating, expand their repertoire of foodpreparation techniques, and refine their ability to use social science research and inquiry methods to investigate topics related to nutrition and health.

GRADE 12 FOOD AND HEALTHY LIVING (WORKPLACE PREPARATION - HFL4E1)
This course focuses on the fundamental food needs of young adults. Students will learn how to stock a kitchen, make nutritious food choices, and accommodate the food needs of others. Through a range of practical experiences, they will develop skills needed in food preparation for personal use and for employment in the food industry. They will also learn about dining etiquette in different contexts and about responsible consumer practices. Students will use social science research methods to investigate issues related to food.
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For all inquiries about our Religious Education and Family Studies  Dept., please contact Bishop Macdonell's Religious Education and Family Studies Dept. Head, Trevor Smith, [email protected] 

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