What will I learn in Home Economics & Human Ecology?
Home Economics and Human Ecology focuses on the acquisition of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to foster a healthy and sustainable environment within the family and the community. The core sections in the study of the subject are: The Family, Home and Society and Food, Nutrition and Health. Topics within the core section of The Family, Home and Society include the wellbeing of different family members, housing needs, environmental issues, and consumer education. The study of Food, Nutrition and Health includes topics such as nutrient goals and guidelines, planning healthy meals for specific dietary requirements, food hygiene and food production.
How will I benefit from studying Home Economics & Human Ecology?
The study of Home Economics and Human Ecology encourages critical thinking, especially when processing the vast sources of information directed towards individuals and families in today’s world. It fosters a sensitive, caring attitude towards people’s needs and positive health attitudes. Moreover, it creates a sensitivity towards the natural environment. It also helps one to learn important life skills such as budgeting, financial management, choosing a home to meet family needs, and planning economical nutritious meals. The subject may lead to careers in the Paramedical and Caring Professions, Education, Social Wellbeing, Hospitality, Food and Textile Industries, Consumer Services and other related careers.
Are there any special considerations?
- Coursework for Advanced Level students carries 25% of the final MATSEC mark.
- The Advanced Level syllabus includes a coursework component consisting of a Food Study Task and an Investigation.
- Students can only present their coursework as GCHSS candidates after completing the two-year course and handing in all the components of the coursework.
What textbooks and/or resources do I need?
Shelly, U. (2017). Modern Home Economics, Gill Education: Dublin. ISBN: 978-0-7171-71262