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Key Learning Areas (History)

Rationale


The study of history helps to develop a global perspective and an enhanced understanding of the processes of interaction, diversification and rapid change in today’s world. Upon completion of this course, students should have mastered higher-order thinking skills, such as historical interpretation and analysis that will enable them to appreciate where they stand in the long flow of human history. They should also have cultivated the values and attitudes that are the attributes of a responsible citizen.


Aims


The aims of the curriculum are to enable students to

  1. Discover where they stand in the contemporary world through understanding the origins and development of modern events.
  2. Develop the skills of critical thinking, making sound judgments and effective communication through exploring historical issues;
  3. Approach past and current events in an impartial and empathetic manner, using a variety of perspectives;
  4. Understand the characteristics and values of their own culture, and appreciate the shared humanity and common problems of the world’s many peoples;
  5. Cultivate both national consciousness and the consciousness of being citizens of the global community, and thus to become rational and sensible members of the local community, the nation and the world; and
  6. Be prepared to explore in greater depth an issue of personal interest or that may be of relevance to their future careers and professional studies.

This curriculum will also develop students’ potential for further studies in the humanities, social sciences or even business management. Training in History is also for professions that require critical and independent thinking.