Home Economics

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The most notable transitions of Home Economics, within the last decade have been changes in its name and more scientific and technological relevance of the discipline. Home Economics has been rebranded in many schools and departments. Name changes include “Human Ecology”, “Family and Consumer Studies” and “Family and Consumer Sciences”.

Family and Consumer Sciences is an interdisciplinary career and technical field of study that deals with family well-being, human development and services, human environments and their interrelationships. It is concerned with the development of life skills and knowledge that help people to make informed decisions about well-being, relationships and resources. The disciplines combine competencies and experiences which are responsive to demographic, socio economic changes and advances in science and technology necessary for transition into post-secondary education and in the Family and Consumer Sciences work and career clusters.

The Family and Consumer Sciences syllabus is made up of a Compulsory Core and three Options, organised in sections. Each candidate must study the Compulsory Core and ONE Option.

The Core comprises the common areas that focus on each of the three Options on the family. The core elements are:

Section 1 Health, Safety and the Environment
Section 2 Principles of Management
Section 3 Consumerism

The three options are:

Option A FAMILY AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Option B TEXTILES, FASHION AND CLOTHING
Option C FOOD, NUTRITION AND HEALTH