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Department Objectives:

We strive to engage our students and help them gain confidence and passion in the learning of Humanities. Through the study of Geography, History and Social Studies, we also hope to equip our students with thinking skills and prepare them to contribute actively as global citizens, through the acquisition of a range of knowledge and skills to understand and appreciate the complexities of the human experience and the world that we live in. In this process, we hope to imbue in our students the love for Singapore and the world and its environment.


Key Focus and Rationale:

1. Inquiry-based & Issue-based Learning in the Humanities Curriculum
One of the key pedagogies in the delivery of the Humanities curriculum across the different levels and disciplines is the focus on inquiry- or issue-based learning. Instead of just presenting the facts, questions, problems, and scenarios are used to help students learn through their own investigation and reflection. Teachers serve as facilitators to guide students’ thinking and help students make sense of the wealth of information available to them. 
Inquiry- and Issue-based approach to learning helps to encourage critical thinking, investigation and problem solving in the exploration of questions or issues. Students would be equipped with 21st Century skills to become independent and self-directed learners. Geographical and Historical Investigations through field-based and experiential learning offer opportunities for students to engage in the inquiry process.
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Coastal fieldwork @ East Coast Park

2. Nurturing the passion for Humanities
We aim to nurture the passion for Humanities through various experiential learning opportunities such as learning journeys (e.g. visit to Kranji War Memorial on Total Defence Commemoration) and local as well as overseas fieldtrip. The lower secondary Historical and Geographical Investigations as well as fieldwork at the upper secondary levels also serve to develop this love for the Humanities.
Another way in which we have continued to nurture this passion is to place emphasis on making learning meaningful by deepening students’ disciplinary understanding. The latter can be achieved by engaging students in discussion of real-world issues associated with the Humanities.

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Tourism fieldwork @ Little India

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Secondary 1 Historical Investigation @ National Museum

3.  Assessment
Assessment for Learning and Assessment of Learning are pivotal in the Humanities curriculum at SJC. This helps to encourage the ownership of learning and the progressive acquisition of skills and knowledge from the lower to upper secondary levels. We provide the following modes of assessment:
      • Geographical and Historical Investigations, 
      • response to Geographical Inquiry,
      • source-based questions, 
      • short answer questions and 
      • structured and structured-response questions. 

The inclusion of compulsory components such as Geographical Investigation (GI) & Historical Investigation (HI) allow students opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in authentic setting. In addition, GI fosters thinking skills and helps prepare students for the compulsory fieldwork component in GCE ‘N’ & ‘O’ Levels. The HI process of inquiry fosters critical thinking skills necessary for source analysis in upper secondary source-based questions in both Social Studies and History


Social Studies
    • Secondary 4 Express/ Secondary 5 Normal (Academic) Social Studies Revision Clinic Sessions 
    •  Current Affairs Quiz 
    •  Mobile Exhibit from Internal Security Department (July 2018) on Terrorism 
    •  Learning Journeys
      • The Parliament House (Sec 3E/3NA) in 2016 and 2019 
      • National Museum (Sec 1NT) in 2017 and 2018
      • Former Ford Factory/ Fort Siloso (Sec 1NT) in 2019
    • Secondary 4 Express/ Secondary 5 Normal (Academic) History Skills Revision Clinic Sessions
    • Historical Investigation to the National Museum for Sec 1Exp/NA students (2015, 2017, 2018)
    • Interactive Heritage Trail (HI) for Secondary 1Exp/NA students (2016) 
    • Istana Heritage Gallery Challenge (2018)
    • Historical Investigation to Former Ford Factory/ Fort Siloso for Sec 1Exp/NA students (2019)
    • Secondary 4 Express/ Secondary 5 NA Geography Writing & Topical Revision Clinics 
    • NUS Geography Challenge (annual participation)
    • Singapore StoryMaps 2018 (Lower sec Geography)
    • Fieldwork (Annual)
      • Coastal Fieldwork @ East Coast Park (Pure Geography students)
      • Tourism Fieldwork @ Chinatown/ Little India/ Merlion Park (Sec 4 Express /Normal Academic)
      • Sengkang Water Trail in collaboration with the Environment committee (CCE) (Sec 1 Express /1 Normal  Academic)