Social studies is a multi-disciplinary, integrated approach to the study of peoples, their physical environment, histories, traditions and cultures. Within social studies the fields of history, geography, economics, anthropology, sociology, psychology and political science support each other and together provide the student with a framework for defining and interacting with his or her world. At the heart of social studies is a vital interest in the human community in all its variety and dimensions.
Listed below are the Enduring Understandings of the Social Studies curriculum. These are statements that summarize important ideas and core processes that are central to a discipline and have lasting value beyond the classroom.
- Humans search for meaning.
- Humans are social beings.
- The past affects humans; humans affect the future.
- Humans act and react.
- Humans’ relationship with the land affects their development.
- Both continuity and change are aspects of human development.
- Humans have needs.