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Social Studies contributes to the effective development of the learner by increasing personal and social awareness, and by placing emphasis on values as well as on social and interpersonal relationships. In addition, it introduces students to concepts from the various social science disciplines and enables them to recognize the significance of these experiences as they seek to understand more about themselves and the complex social relationships of which they are a part. An interpretation of this kind makes the Social Studies programme not only relevant to the learners but also facilitates the smooth transition of the student from secondary to tertiary education and to the wider society.
The continued development of the Caribbean region will depend on the individual’s understanding of his or her roles and responsibilities in families, groups, social institutions, government, sustainable development and use of resources, the regional integration process and global issues. These are critical to the individual’s personal development and the social, political and economic well-being of his or her country and region.
This syllabus seeks to ensure that students develop the necessary skills and at the same time introduces them to knowledge of social phenomena that may enhance their effectiveness as social participants in the Caribbean community. It is also intended that, through the syllabus, the process of valuing would be made conscious so that persons become aware of their position, thus enabling them to bring conscious criteria to bear on their choices as social participants.
Although the main focus of the syllabus is the Caribbean, opportunities have been provided for the treatment of international issues which have a bearing on Caribbean development.
The Syllabus content is organised into three major sections. Students are required to complete Sections A and B and one Option from Section C.
Section A - Individual, Family and Society
Section B - Sustainable Development and Use of Resources
(i) Development and Use of Resources
(ii) Regional Integration
Section C - Options
C1 - Communication
C2 - Consumer Affairs
C3 - Tourism