Interpersonal and Family Relationships 11

Curricular Competencies

Students are expected to be able to do the following:

Applied Design

Understanding context

  • Engage in research and empathetic observation to determine service design opportunities and barriers


  • Establish a point of view for a chosen service design opportunity
  • Identify context and requirements and wishes of people involved
  • Identify criteria for success, intended valued impact, constraints, and possible unintended negative consequences


  • Take creative risks in generating ideas and add to others’ ideas in ways that enhance them
  • Screen ideas against criteria and constraints
  • Analyze potential competing factors to meet individual, family, and community needs for preferred futures
  • Identify, prioritize, and apply sources of inspiration and information, and include people involved when possible


  • Develop a product and/or service plan that includes key stages and resources
  • Evaluate strategies for effective use and possible individual, familial, and community impacts


  • Identify and access sources of feedback
  • Consult with people involved to gather constructive suggestions for improvement
  • Use consultation data and feedback to make appropriate changes
  • Identify and use appropriate strategies
  • Use project management processes throughout when working individually or collaboratively


  • Share progress to increase opportunities for feedback and collaboration
  • Decide on how and with whom to share or promote product or service and strategies
  • Critically assess the success of their product or service plan and explain how the ideas contribute to the individual, family, community, or environment
  • Critically reflect on their processes and ability to work effectively, both individually and collaboratively, including their ability to share and maintain an efficient co-operative workspace

Applied Skills

  • Apply precautionary, safe, and supportive interpersonal strategies and communications, both face-to-face and digital
  • Identify and assess the skills needed, individually or collaboratively, in relation to projects, and develop plans to refine them over time
  • Critically reflect on cultural sensitivity and etiquette skills, and develop specific plans to learn or refine them over time
  • Apply audience-appropriate interviewing and consultation etiquette

Applied Technologies

  • Explore existing, new, and emerging tools and technologies and evaluate suitability for design interests
  • Evaluate impacts, including unintended negative consequences, of choices made about technology use
  • Analyze the role technologies play in societal change and interpersonal communications
  • Examine how cultural beliefs, values, and ethical positions affect the development and use of technologies

MediaSmarts Resources


Students are expected to know the following:

  • service design opportunities for individuals and families across their lifespan
  • factors involved in interpersonal relationships, including types, roles, and functions
  • nature of committed relationships, including the influences of community and culture
  • factors involved in ending relationships
  • components of healthy relationships and how to thrive and reciprocate in a variety of interpersonal relationships
  • indicators of unsafe relationships and actions to ensure safety of self and others
  • interpersonal relationship communication styles and strategies
  • cultural sensitivity and etiquette, including ethics of cultural appropriation
  • problem-solving models