The study of history fulfils a fundamental desire to know about our past. Through history we learn about people, events, emotions, struggles and challenges that produced the present and that will shape the future.
The better we understand history, the easier it becomes to understand other times and places. Such knowledge tells us that our particular accomplishments and problems are not unique—an important lesson in a world in which the forces of globalisation are drawing people of different cultures closer together.
The general aims of the programme are:
- Describe and explain historical change;
- Acquire evidence from historical sources and form judgments about reliability and validity of the information;
- Learn a method of historical enquiry in which students are expected to use a wide range of skills and information and conduct research using primary and secondary sources;
- Learn to develop a clear focus by formulating and asking appropriate questions;
- Consider cause and effect relationships in order to successfully organise, analyse, interpret and apply their findings;
- Communicate their findings effectively in written, oral or multimedia presentations.