This course will examine the connections between physical, mental, and social health, and their impact on our lives. Students will reflect on lifestyle choices that they have made and how these choices may affect their lives. Much of the course is devoted to current health issues, especially those facing high school and post-secondary students. The course will offer discussions and course work on the topics such as nutrition, eating disorders, maintaining your body, cancer, school social health, the media's role in presenting health issues, and many others. Some topics of study are determined by student input and interest. Students are encouraged to moderate a discussion during the course.
You will examine health concepts by reading about them in the material provided to you as well as completing online Work Assignments and CourseRoom discussions. The activities and readings will vary each week. Other activities will include searching the Internet for information on the concepts, finding national and world perspectives on health issues through online media outlets, discovering local perspectives on concepts by searching your area newspapers on line, interviewing people within your own home community and taking part in discussions with your classmates on issues related to the health concepts. Individual and group work will be involved.
A portion of this course will involve discussions and assignments related to sexuality. This material will be covered in both the context of physical and social health in a bias free manner. Students who are not permitted to study sexuality, or who are uncomfortable with this topic are encouraged to request alternative assignments.
The grading will be based on an electronic portfolio of written work, discussion participation, and assignments.