Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in social sciences and humanities, English, or Canadian and world studies
Additional Resources: peer reviewed journal articles; online course presentations and handouts
Teacher/Course Developer: Claudia Mandekic
Course Description: from http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/secondary/ssciences9to122013.pdf
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 food-preparation techniques, and develop their social science research skills by investigating issues related to nutrition and health.
UNIT 1 – Nutrition and Health
- Nutrients: demonstrate an understanding of nutrients and their connection to physical health;
- Food Guides: demonstrate an understanding of Canada’s Food Guide and its role in promoting physical health;
- Energy Balance: demonstrate an understanding of the physical processes involved in maintaining energy balance;
- Nutritional Status: demonstrate an understanding of their nutrient intake and of factors that affect the nutritional status of individuals and groups.
UNIT 2 – Eating Patterns and Trends
- Nutrition throughout the Lifespan: demonstrate an understanding of food- and nutrition-related issues at different stages in the lifespan;
- Nutrition and Disease: demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between nutrition, health, and disease;
- Trends and Patterns in Food and Nutrition: demonstrate an understanding of current Canadian trends and patterns in nutritional guidelines and in food production and consumption.
UNIT 3 – Local and Global Issues
- Food Security: demonstrate an understanding of various factors involved in achieving and maintaining food security;
- Food Production and Supply: demonstrate an understanding of various factors that affect food production and supply;
- Food Production and the Environment: demonstrate an understanding of the impact of food production on the environment.
UNIT 4 – Food-Preparation Skills
- Kitchen Safety: demonstrate an understanding of practices that ensure or enhance kitchen safety;
- Food Safety: demonstrate an understanding of practices that ensure or enhance food safety;
- Food Preparation: demonstrate skills needed in food preparation.
UNIT 5 – ISU – Research and Inquiry Skills
- Exploring: explore topics related to nutrition and health, and formulate questions to guide their research;
- Investigating: create research plans, and locate and select information relevant to their chosen topics, using appropriate social science research and inquiry methods;
- Processing Information: assess, record, analyse, and synthesize information gathered through research and inquiry;
- Communicating and Reflecting: communicate the results of their research and inquiry clearly and effectively, and reflect on and evaluate their research, inquiry, and communication skills