HHS4U: Individuals and Families in a Diverse Society - Grade 12

Credit Value:


Course Description:

This course enables students to draw on sociological, psychological, and anthropological theories and research to analyse 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. They will develop the investigative skills required to conduct and communicate the results of research on individuals, intimate relationships, and parent-child relationships.


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

Ministry Policy Documents:

The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 to 12: Social Sciences and Humanities (revised, 2013)

Text Resources:

All resources provided and referenced within the modules are available online

Required Software/Equipment:

At a minimum, students should have access to:

  • computer
  • Internet connection (high speed is preferable since some demonstrations and lessons may take a long time to download on a dial-up connection)
  • media player (to view streaming video) generally a free download, if not already included with Internet Explorer
  • word processing software, such as Corell Suite, Open Office, or Star Office
  • graphing software, such as QuattroPro or Microsoft Excel
  • graphics software, where the product can be saved in a standard format like .jpg or .gif
  • other media hardware like a scanner, camera / digital camera, microphone, video / digital video camera (not necessary to have all, but should have some)