Humanities

Humanities Matter!

Syllabus Overview

Geography

History

Social Studies

The Geography syllabuses seek to   provide insights into future challenges through the study of current geographical issues of national, regional and global importance, and their management. It is envisioned that students would cultivate a concern for the environment and play their part as active citizens by contributing towards a sustainable future.       

The History syllabuses seek to develop inquisitive students with the ability to ask relevant questions about the past and examine a range of sources critically in their historical context to reach substantiated judgements about the past. The syllabus aims to provide students the skills to understand the present and contribute actively and responsibly to society as local and global citizens

The Upper Secondary Social Studies syllabus is organised around two core ideas – “Being Rooted” and “Living Global”. The syllabus aims to develop our students into well-informed, responsible citizens with a sense of national identity and a global perspective.

The Social Studies Normal Technical syllabus seeks to develop the civic competencies of students. Civic competencies, encompassed in the body of knowledge, skills and values expressed in the Philosophy of SS, will empower students to be informed, concerned and participative citizens.



The Jurongville Humanities department seeks to develop empathetic students who possess knowledge about the world and are able to appreciate different perspectives. The 2017 curriculum and activities thus build on past years’ efforts to achieve these objectives. 

The department’s annual highlight is the Languages and Humanities (LHUM) Week. An interdepartmental collaboration between the Mother Tongue, English, and Humanities departments, the theme of this year’s LHUM Week was ‘Love Food, Not Waste’, pertaining to the critical issue of food wastage that plagues many developed countries. The LHUM Week activities not only strengthened students’ critical thinking and interest in these disciplines, but also reminded them of the importance of responsible food consumption in ensuring environmental sustainability.

The Humanities Talent Development Programme enables students with a passion for and talent in the humanities to stretch themselves academically. They also pick up soft skills like networking and public speaking. This year, six students participated in the Hwa Chong Model United Nations and the River Valley Model United Nations, which honed their negotiating skills. Another four students participated in the Historical Scene Investigation Challenge, which took students beyond the curriculum and tested their historical knowledge.

On the Geography front, four students were selected to participate in the annual National University of Singapore Geography Challenge. This year’s theme was ‘Water in Our World: Managing Flows in Nature and Society’; thus, the team had to create an infographic and a video on a waterscape in Singapore, explaining the benefits, threats, and opportunities present in it. The students learnt to make use of the inquiry method to substantiate their ideas and analyse their chosen waterscape on a local scale.


The National University of Singapore Geography Challenge team.
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The River Valley Model United Nations team.
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At the Historical Scene Investigation Challenge.
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A game show conducted during the 2017 Languages and Humanities Week.
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Reciting a poem on food wastage.
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Secondary 1 students conducting a water-testing experiment at the Jurong Eco-Garden as part of their 
Geographical Investigation.
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Secondary 2 students learning about the old Jurong drive-in cinema during their Historical Investigation.
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Secondary 4 students interviewing tourists as part of their geographical Investigation.
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