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Family Studies 12


The aim of Family Studies 12 is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will assist them in making informed decisions related to family and interpersonal relationships.

In the first half of the course, students will examine how changes in society impact the definition of family and the functions of the family, as well as explore family trends in Canada and family customs and traditions in different cultures. Students will examine the roles and responsibilities of family members, family values, and the influence of family dynamics. Students will also understand the economic, social, and emotional issues facing families today and practical strategies for coping with those challenges. In the second half of the course, students will study how relationships form and change. Students will explore a variety of relationships, including work relationships, friendships, and committed relationships, as well as examine how these relationships evolve or end.

This course will also provide an overview on effective communication, wellness, and safety in interpersonal relationships. Students will examine the variety of ways people communicate and describe components of healthy and unhealthy relationships. Students will conclude this course by researching careers associated with interpersonal and family relationships.

Course Layout: There are two sections within the course

  • Families in Society
  • Interperonal and Family Relationships.

Course Divisions

Learning Activities

(Percent of Learning Activities by Weight)

Course Completion Milestones

(2 Units)

Module 1

Families in Society


Getting Started

  • Orientation, Content and Activity


Section 1: Families in a Changing World

  • Reading Quizzes
    Quiz 1.1A –
    Evolution of the Family (1%)
    Quiz 1.1B –
    Future of Canadian Weddings (1%)
    Quiz 1.1C –
    The Changing Family Structure (1%)
  • Reading Assignements
    1.1A –
    Predicting Families (1%)
    1.1B –
    Functions of the Family (1%)
    1.1C –
    Types of Families (1%)
    1.1D –
    Rites of Passage (1%)
    1.1E –
    100 Years of the Family (1%)


Section 1.2 Living in a Family

  • Reading Quizzes
    1.2A – Maslow Quiz (1%)
  • Reading Assignments
    1.2A –
    What’s Your Role? (1%)
    1.2B –
    Meeting the Brown Family (1%)
    1.2C –
    Family Cultural Clash (1%)
    1.2D –
    Illness in the Family (1%)
    1.2E –
    Family Values (1%)
    1.2F –
    Reflections on Maslow (1%)



Section 1.3 Facing Family Challenges

  • Reading Assignments
    1.3A –
    Physical Activities (1%)
    1.3B – Canada Food Guide (1%)
    1.3C – It’s All About Choices (1%)
    1.3D – Researching Budget Information (1%)
    1.3E – Exploring Issues (1%)



Module 1 Project

  • Research and Review: Families in Need
    Project 1: Part 1 & 2


Module 1 Exam

  • Module 1 Review and Exam


Module 2

Interpersonal and Family Relationships



Section 2.1: Effective Communication

  • Readings and Assignments
    2.1A – The Power of Observation (1.9%)
    2.1B – Convince Your Parents (1.9%)
    2.1C – Better Communication Skills (1.9%)
    2.1D – Communication Scenarios (1.9%)


Section 2.2: Relationships

  • Reading Quizzes
    2.2A - Conversations (1.9%)
  • Reading Assignments (1.9%)
    2.2A –
    A Relationship Story (1.9%)
    2.2B – Different Kinds of Friends (1.9%)
    2.2C – Relationship Qualities (1.9%)
    2.2D – Research (1.9%)
  • 2.2E – Choosing Our Response (1.9%)


Section 2.3: Wellness and Safety

  • Reading Quizzes
    2.3A Safe Dating Profiling (1.9%)
    2.3B Ending the Cycle (1.9%)



  • Review and Research:
    Project 2: Part 1, 2 & 3



  • Module 2: Review and Exam



There are NO required textbooks for this course, all materials online.



  • Assignments (including quizzes) 50%
  • Course Projects (1 per Module) 20%
  • Module Exams (1 per Module) 30%

All assignments will be marked on content, analysis, and the ability to communicate in a clear and effective manner. Marking criteria is clearly outlined in each task description and will be graded accordingly.  Curriculum may be viewed within the Ministry of Education Integrated Resource Package.

Delivery and Support:

This course can only be done online. Teacher and leaner work together in Moodle. The course is self-paced. Leaners may start any time.

Credits: 4

Technical Requirements:

Browser: Firefox or Chrome recommended
Internet: Cable or ADSL 

Additional Software: Adobe Reader, full Flash and Java support, an office suite, ability to play audio and video files
For additional information on computer requirements, please refer to the Computer Requirements and Standards section under Resources & Information on our home page, and to the contents of the Introductory Orientation Course.


For definitions of some terms please refer to our glossary.