Integrated Humanities

Integrated Humanities incorporate subjects such as Geography, History, and Social Studies. Humanities scholars explore the myriad ways in which human beings interact with each other and their environment to better understand the world and the human condition through time, space and location. The study of the humanities provides a platform for students to articulate various interpretations of real-world issues including exposing them to diverse perspectives.

Learning Objectives

At the end of four years, students will be able to:

  • Understand and apply major concepts in History, Social Studies and Geography
  • Understand the interdependence of human and physical systems
  • Conduct historical and geographical investigations through collection and interpretation of primary and secondary data sources
  • Develop and appreciate multiple perspectives and viewpoints
  • Work independently as well as in teams to achieve optimal outcomes

Key Programmes

Mobile Learning

Lower Secondary students learn on the move using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) devices and tools. Teachers are able to receive students’ responses and provide prompt feedback through Web platforms. Students take part in learning trails that allow them to apply what they have learnt in the Humanities classrooms.

‘Our World, Our Views’


Current affairs presentations are carried out during the morning assembly where students share recent newsworthy events and articulate their own views and perspectives relating to their presentation topic. Student presenters are also able to draw key learning points from global issues, and apply them to the context of Singapore.

Global Citizenship Programme


Students who are talented and have keen interest in the Humanities are given opportunities to extend their learning through trips overseas. Through such overseas learning experiences, students are able to better appreciate and understand what they have learnt in the Humanities classrooms.

Competitions

Students participate in competitions that engage secondary school students in a wide range of geographical themes, and their real-life application. Such competitions include the National University of Singapore Geography Challenge, as well as the Tourism in Action Challenge organised by Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

Programme Highlights

In this eLearning activity, students carried out a series of learning activities in groups at the Singapore River area, applying their map sketching skills to document the shape of the river. Along the way, they also noted down significant landmarks like the Singapore River and the Asian Civilisation Museum. Visit these links to find out more:

  1. http://ih-elearning-2011.blogspot.com/
  2. http://ihstuffwanted.blogspot.com/
  3. http://changencontinuity.blogspot.com/
  4. http://elearninghumanities.blogspot.com/
  5. SST IDM Project (Mobile Learning)
  6. Future Ready Singapore

In August 2012, the school organised a Mobile-Learning Trail, along the Singapore River, for the Secondary two students. The teachers incorporated History, Geography and Biology into the outdoor learning by introducing the students to a systemised big idea question: Why do civilisations begin at the river mouth?

The broader view that mobile learning is not only about mobility of learners and devices but also the mobility of learning across contexts is explored in volume 1 of the MOE publication, i-in-Practice. SST’s lesson plan for integrating humanities and biology is featured.

 

Keen to find out more about Integrated Humanities in SST? Visit this link HERE to view a short presentation about this subject and watch how our students learn through mobile learning platforms

Learning of Integrated Humanities is never complete if we are constantly confined to the walls of the classrooms. In the real world, problems or issues are never compartmentalised or isolated to any discipline. We believe that Integrated Humanities is a subject meant to be experienced through our interaction with the environment.

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