The Humanities Department
Pre-university education (IB) in the 21st century is centered on an integrated approach which creates a balanced student who is connected to the global world. In the Humanities Department, the student is equipped with robust broad-based foundation for lifelong learning that cuts across nationality, global awareness and critical thinking. For the successful integration of knowledge and the requisite skills that prepare the student for future academic and career endeavours, the department works in close collaboration with all the academic disciplines offered by the school. This provides all-round excellence in a rigorous educational environment. The department offers geography, economics, history, and social and cultural anthropology. These courses serve as the path to the formation of the character and attitude of a global citizen.
Geography is about areal differentiation. It is a subject that synthesizes knowledge from different areas of human endeavour to solve problems by looking at processes, patterns and trends that underpin each problem. Thus, it is multidisciplinary in nature. The geography course has been designed to equip the student with theoretical, procedural and conceptual knowledge and skills in human interactions with the environment within a given space with temporal dimensions. By studying geography, skills in fieldwork and data analysis, use of perspectives from different stakeholders, digital story telling and mapping, and graphicacy are enhanced. Geography is taught in an atmosphere of either taking the student into the environment for fieldwork investigation or bringing the environment into the classroom for multimedia presentation. This hands-on approach helps the student to look at the interactions between humans and the physical world from different perspectives and scales in a systematic way. At the MYP level, the course creates the pathway for the development of procedural knowledge and provides the roadmap to geographic thinking where the student learns how to apply geographic concepts. The territory that is mapped by geography at the DP level includes but not limited to Globalisation, Population, Cities and Resource Consumption, International Policies and Development and Future Possibilities. Indeed, the study of geography is the post stamp of global citizen. Teachers: Dr. George-Grandy Hallow (HOD) and Mr. Enoch Kulariba Yambilla.
The ultimate aim of History is to understand our struggle and achievements as a human race. In so doing, we gain self-knowledge. In tackling the big questions that have informed our individual and collective narratives, the History program at SOS-HGIC introduces students to important concepts that include Significance of Key Events, Continuity and Change, and the Causes of Major Historical Events. To explore these concepts, students at the MYP level engage with topics that investigate how important ideas have shaped our modern world, and others that cover the reasons why nations go to war and why peace making is difficult. At the DP level, students have a unique opportunity to explore African History and the role of significant individuals in tackling the challenges the continent is confronted with when external forces colonized Africa. When students pursue History, they leave with important skills that allow them to analyse source materials and synthesize information from different historical texts. Besides, these skills also enable them to refine their arguments (verbal and written), encourage wide reading and provide a deeper appreciation of ideas in other academic disciplines. This course is uniquely placed to help students navigate a complex and changing world by giving them a perspective on how the world came to be the way it is. Teachers: Mr. John Kamau and Mrs. Helena Melomey.
The IB Diploma course in economics deepens not only the understanding of how economic theories and concepts are formulated but also the relevance of such theories and concepts to the challenges that confront human societies. The nature of the subject makes it to accommodate ideas from many academic disciplines. By studying economics, the student is encouraged to appreciate in concrete terms the impact of the use of resources by individuals and societies, the interconnectedness between nations of the world, decision-making in the face of critical resource constraints and how models of human behaviour could be applied in the real world. The economics course in SOS-HGIC has a robust continuum that links MYP to the DP and covers Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, International Economics and Development Economics. Microeconomics incorporates elements from individuals, firms and markets while theoretical perspectives of macroeconomics, relate to economic indicators namely, inflation, unemployment, economic growth and equity in the distribution of income among others. The study of economics mimics the scientific method where key ideas from quantitative and qualitative schools of thought are integrated. In a typical economics class, the student tries to find answers to questions such as, ‘Is this the most reasonable way of doing things or will this way of doing things ensure the highest level of efficiency?’ Teachers: Mr. Godwin Kwasi Amedume, Mr. Reindorf Hormeku-Adjei and Mr. Mark Tetteh.
Social and Cultural Anthropology
Social and Cultural Anthropology (SCA) is the comparative study of culture and human societies. Anthropologists seek an understanding of humankind in all its diversity. This understanding is reached through the study of societies and cultures and the exploration of the general principles of social and cultural life. SCA places special emphasis on comparative perspectives that make explicit our own cultural assumptions and those of others. Anthropologists explore problems and issues associated with the complexity of societies in local, regional and global contexts; therefore, it is a dynamic, exciting and highly relevant subject. The subject helps students to develop accommodative attitude which enables them not only to function in a global world but also develop reflexive knowledge which symbolizes a key cornerstone in IB education. The anthropological tradition is rich in participant observation and in-depth, empirical study of social groups (ethnographic fieldwork). Within this tradition, students are able to engage with ethnographic materials, carry out a comparative analysis of cultures and societies and make meaningful connections to the world. Some of the key topics covered by the course include: power relations, belief systems, health, illness and healing, social change, kinship, ethnicity, migration, minority groups and conflict. Cultural and Social Anthropology shares a lot in common with most of the subjects in the Humanities Department. Teacher: Miss Joyce Dzide-Tei.
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