Education in the Social Sciences – History, Geography, Economics, Study of Society and the Environment.
Education in the Social Sciences is about increasing people's understanding of society's activities in a global way. It assumes these principles:
In a democratic society, citizenship entails rights and obligation. Participation is a cooperative process in which people work together to promote their individual and collective welfare. Understanding these activities and processes and how to contribute to them is the key to successful participation.
Precise knowledge of society can be in the theories, concepts and processes that the Social Sciences have developed in studying past, present and future societies. With this knowledge we have constructed programs that contribute to the overall aims of education and to the important needs of the students and the community.
The Social Sciences in the secondary school provide the knowledge necessary to understand the social, cultural, political and economic activities and institutions of society and their relationship with the natural environment. Students can become more selective and committed participants in their society - for example, as workers, citizens, consumers, family members.
To help achieve this goal, the school program will emphasise how to use knowledge and understanding to investigate problems, make considered decisions and take action in the modern world. Studies in Social Science are selected because they are relevant to the welfare of all students and to the good of the local and world community.
Equity issues, such as gender, culture, class and the distribution of world resources, and questions related to the sustainability of the world environment will be important factors in choosing topics for study and teaching strategies. Underlying these studies and the values involved in them will be a commitment to human rights, social justice and ecological sustainability.
In practising and applying these to the just and productive resolution of the challenges and opportunities which the world presents, students will become valuable members of the community. Studied in this way the Social Sciences make a central contribution to a rewarding and productive education
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