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The Humanities Matter!

The Jurongville Humanities department seeks to develop empathetic students who possess knowledge about the world and are able to appreciate different perspectives. The Jurongville Humanities Department builds curriculum and activities to achieve these objectives.

  1. Syllabus Overview
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. JVSS-Humanities-Jurong Eco Garden Geographical Investigation.jpg
Sec 1 Students at Jurong Eco Garden for Geographical Investigation
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Sec 4 Students at Little India, interviewing tourists for Geographical Investigation

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 JVSS-Humanites-Historical Investigation.jpg
Secondary 2 students learning about the old Jurong drive-in cinema during their Historical Investigation

Social Studies
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.
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Reciting a poem on Food Wastage, an issue that is current to Singapore

  1. The Humanities Talent Development Programme 

This 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, which are essential skills in the 21st Century. 

      1. Hwa Chong MUN (HMUN) & River Valley MUN (RVMUN)
Jurongville has been participating in Hwa Chong Model United Nations since 2013 and the River Valley Model United Nations since 2016. These two activities have allowed students, who are selected based on their interest for the Humanities, to hone their negotiating skills. In 2018, six students participated in HMUN and won awards including Best Position Paper and Best Delegate.


      1. Historical Challenge
Jurongville has been participating in this event since 2014. In 2017, four students participated in the Historical Scene Investigation Challenge, which took students beyond the curriculum and tested their historical knowledge.

      • NUS Geography Challenge
On the Geography front, four students were selected to participate in the annual National University of Singapore Geography Challenge. 2017’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.