World Studies is a humanity based core subject which combines elements of History and Geography for all Junior Cycle students at our school. The broad aim of this exciting subject is to promote passion, to inspire and to allow students to engage in a very personal way with what is happening in our world – locally, nationally and internationally.
In order to achieve this, the emphasis is very much on the student as a highly supported investigator. It is as an investigator that students will explore past and current events, conflicting opinions and draw informed conclusions based on the study of a range of sources and evidence. This approach results in a multitude of student conclusions ripe for debate, as opposed to the well-travelled path of rote learning offered by many text books.
Over the three Junior Cycle years students are asked to find answers and solutions to a number of modular based leading questions. Each module with its own unique mix of history and geography skills and knowledge. Investigative questions such as; How did the sinking of the Titanic change the world? What has been the most destructive weather system of the 20th century? How did Jack the Ripper manage to remain anonymous? A local and urban mapping study; how has my town changed? What happened during the Great War and how did it shape our nation and the world?
Within this context students are required to be very active in their learning. They are facilitated and supported in the development of all relative knowledge and skills. Accordingly, they produce presentations, they write, they debate, they observe and they regularly go on educational trips. Ultimately, they engage on an exciting journey of learning which culminates in an informed conclusion of the leading question.