Department of Social Studies
Social Science is an integrated study, which draws its content mainly from various disciplines such as geography, history, political science, economics, sociology etc. Together they provide a comprehensive view of society-over space and time, in relation to each other. Each subject has distinct methods of enquiry that help the learners understand society from different angles and from a holistic view.
By keeping these objectives in mind the Social Science teachers are constantly striving to increase the possibility of making the students more aware and to be more responsible as human beings. It motivates the students to adhere to ethical and moral values in life. It helps the students to grow up into informed citizens as knowledge of the socio-political and economic conditions of their country and the world and the knowledge of one’s rights and duties as an individual in society, helps students become responsible citizens. It provides opportunities for students to conduct inquiry, develop and display data, synthesise findings and make judgments. It helps them to work individually and collaboratively using rich and varied sources to reach understandings, make decisions, discuss issues and solve problems. It gives students opportunities to ask and answer questions, discuss or debate implications and participate in compelling projects that call for critical thinking and to analyse the content in a variety of learning modes.
There are different types of tools to be used to assess the students under the new CCE system. The whole academic year is divided into 2 terms. There are four formative assessments and two summative assessments together. The four formative assessments are assessed on the basis of different classroom activities such as power point presentations, seminars, group discussions, chart making, poster making, collage making, role-play, quiz etc. with specific rubrics for different grades. The two Summative Assessments are assessed through written examination conducted by the Board
Objectives of Teaching Social Studies in Grades 3 to 5
- Enable students to develop an understanding of the world in which they live.
- Enable students to understand their roots and learn to appreciate it.
- To accept the need to protect and conserve the environment
- To develop an understanding of the Earth as the habitat of humankind and other forms of life.
- To develop geographical awareness and promote an understanding of the interdependence of various regions and countries.
- To promote international understanding and world peace among different countries.
- To develop good human values that makes a person humane and socially effective.
Objectives of Teaching Social Studies in Grades 6 to 8
- Enable students to understand the society in which they live – to learn how society is structured, managed and governed, and also about the forces seeking to transform and redirect society in various ways.
- Appreciate the values enshrined in the Indian Constitution such as justice, liberty, equality and fraternity and the unity and integrity of the nation and the building of a socialist, secular and democratic society.
- Learn to respect differences of opinion, lifestyle and cultural practices.
- To develop an understanding about the earth as the habitat of human kind and other forms of life.
- To promote an understanding of interdependence of various regions and countries and to appreciate the cultural differences existing in the world which is an outcome of interaction between human beings and their environment.
- To accept the need to protect and conserve environment.
- To develop links between the values /ideas of democracy and the institutional forms and processes associated with it.
- To be familiar with the new developments making today’s world a global society.
- To develop human values and the spirit of tolerance and appreciate the role of India in today’s world.
- Enable students to grow up as active, responsible and reflective members of the society.
Objectives of Teaching Social Studies in Grades 9 & 10
- Enable students to develop an understanding of the processes of change and development both in terms of time and space, through which human societies have evolved.
- To make learners realize that the process of change is continuous and any event or phenomenon or issue cannot be viewed in isolation but in a wider context of time and space.
- To develop an understanding of contemporary India with its historical perspective, of the basic frame work of the goals and policies of national development in independent India and of the process of change with appropriate connections to world development.
- To deepen knowledge and understanding of India’s freedom struggle and of the values that is represented, and to develop an appreciation of the contributions made by people of all sections and regions of the country.
- To help understand and cherish the values enshrined in the Indian Constitution and to prepare them for their roles and responsibilities as effective citizens of a democratic society.
- To deepen the knowledge and understanding of India’s environment in its totality, their interactive processes and effects on the future quality of people’s lives.
- To develop an appreciation of the richness and variety of India’s heritage- both natural and cultural and the need for its preservation.
- To promote an understanding of the issues and challenges of contemporary India – environmental, economic and social as part of the developmental process.
- To acquire knowledge, skills and understanding to face the challenges of contemporary society as individuals and groups and learn the art of living a confident and stress free life as well as participating effectively in the community.
- To develop qualities clustered around the personal, social, moral, national, and spiritual values that make a person humane and socially effective.