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.
- The engaged global citizen appreciates that identity and culture are shaped by social interactions and can change.
- The engaged global citizen investigates the past and makes connections to the present to inform decisions about future.
- The engaged global citizen understands the relationship between humans, places and the environment.
- The engaged global citizen knows the rights and responsibilities of citizens, the purposes of government and applies civic ideals for the common good.
- The engaged global citizen recognizes that increasing interconnectedness helps to satisfy our needs and facilitate economic exchanges.