The social sciences are the disciplines that study human society, culture, and history. Through these disciplines students embark upon an intellectual journey that broadens their horizons, teaches them to think critically and explore the forces that shape our modern world. The social sciences program at AIS-R prepares students to become participants of an interdependent world in which they will be both contributor and beneficiary. While developing skills in writing, research, speaking, and content knowledge, the focus of the Social Sciences department is to develop intellectual curiosity. By acquiring a variety of skills, students will embrace the challenge of change, a constant in our global community. At AIS-R, the social sciences include: History, Economics, Business Management and Theory of Knowledge.
Our department's objective is to foster critical thinking and intellectual curiosity because we believe that these skills will best prepare students for their future. True understanding in the social sciences is gained through application of these skills and the analysis of current and historical data. We believe students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process. This is accomplished in a variety of methods such as: experiential learning, case-study, analysis of primary and secondary sources, and project-based learning.
Through the program of study offered by the social sciences department, students will encounter course content that inspires them to become ethical, responsible, and productive global citizens. The analytical skills fostered within the department promote inter-cultural understanding and respect. Through challenging curricula, students will learn to think creatively, reason critically and communicate effectively. The topics of study will promote international mindedness. The social sciences are a microcosm of life-long learning in the context of real-world scenarios.
The aims of all subjects in group 3, individuals and societies, are to:
- Encourage the systematic and critical study of: human experience and behavior; physical, economic and social environments; the history and development of social and cultural institutions
- Develop in the student the capacity to identify, to analyse critically and to evaluate theories, concepts and arguments about the nature and activities of the individual and societies.
- Enable the student to collect, describe and analyse data used in studies of society, to test hypothesis and interpret complex data and source material.
- Promote the appreciation of the way in which learning is relevant to both the culture in which the student lives and the culture of other societies
- Develop an awareness in the student that human attitudes and opinions are widely diverse and that a study of society requires an appreciation of such diversity.
- Enable the student to recognize that the content and methodologies of the subjects in group 3 are contestable and their study requires the toleration of uncertainty.