The study of human experience over time, in relation to the physical environment and in terms of economic or commercial development, is intended to familiarize students with subject-related concepts, and to foster an awareness of the interrelationship and global nature of human development, thus contributing towards the mission of any international school.
Social Studies in grade 6 consists of two inter-related by closely taught disciplines of History and Geography. The concepts and skills taught in both areas for the basis of the progression of students into Grade 7 where the two subjects are taught separately.
Grade 7 History provides an overview of historical developments from the period of Ancient History (the origins, growth and dissolution of the Roman Empire) through to the periods of the early and later Middle Ages (Mediaeval History). The theme of historical study in Grade 8 is the concept of revolution- the reasons (motives) guiding change (political, economic, social) and the consequences of revolution for both the revolutionaries and those who opposed change.
In grades 7 and 8 Geography the students’ interest in their surroundings is stimulated and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the earth’s surface. It fosters knowledge and awareness of the world around them and helps students develop an informed concern about the quality of the environment and the future of the human habitat, thereby enhancing their sense of responsibility for the care of the earth and its people.
This two year course focuses on international history with particular reference to the 20th century. It is intended to provide both a background and preparation for students who wish to continue with the study of History at IB level or, for those students ending their academic study of History in Grade 10, providing them with a basis for the understanding of the contemporary world and factors shaping it. In grade Grade 10 students have the opportunity to participate in the Module United Nations project.
The curriculum over the two years is divided into six themes: (1) Natural Hazards; (2) Population issues; (3) Urban issues; (4) Fragile Environments; (5) Resource Issues and (6) Development Issues. The themes are collectively designed to develop an understanding of both the natural and human environment and to provide a foundation for study at IB level at both higher and standard levels.
Students can study History at Standard and Higher level. The programme for Higher Level falls into three main parts: (1) An outline study of a selection of twentieth century topics in World History; (2) A more detailed study of the history of a major region from approximately the middle of the eighteenth century to the present day; (3) An individual in-depth study of a limited subject or subjects approved by the student’s teacher. IB History at standard level is an outline study of a selection of twentieth century topics in World History, such (1) Causes, practices and effects of wars; (2) Democratic States: Challenges and responses; (3).Origins and developments of authoritarian and single-party states; (4) Nationalist and independence movements in Africa and Asia and post 1945 Central and Eastern European states; and (5) The Cold War.
Students can study IB Geography at Standard or Higher level. The core theme of the course is ‘Patterns and Change’. This theme contains the four compulsory topics: (1) Population in transition; (2) Disparities in wealth and development; (3) Patterns in environmental quality and sustainability; and (4) Patterns in resource consumption. Additionally students can must take 2 (Standard) or (3) Higher optional themes ranging from Freshwater – issues and conflicts to the geography of food and wealth. Students studying at higher level are required to complete an extension project on one of many topics concerning global interactions.
Under the heading Humanities a variety of courses are offered: Social Studies (Grade 6), History (Grades 7-12), Geography (Grades 7-12), and Business Studies (Grades 9 and 10).
The specific aims of the various courses differ according to the nature of the subject area but the purpose of all courses is to accuaint students with the main skills associated with the different areas of study and provide them with the subject specific knowledge required to effectively apply these skills.