Secondary Humanities Department - Overview


The humanities can be described as the study of how people process and document the human experience. Since humans have been able, we have used varied lenses and multiple ways of knowing to understand and record our world. At SIS(HK), these modes of expression are being explored, investigated and taught under the subjects of Geography and History. In short, the humanities concerns itself with a complete record of human experience – exploring, investigating, interpreting, assessing and refining, while at the same time adding to it.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Humanities Department is to foster disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning in students through analytical and critical thinking in the humanities and the social sciences. By equipping them to think critically and independently, we aim to empower students to appreciate multiple perspectives and develop them as principled and reflective global citizens. 


Aims of Humanities education at SISHK are to:

1. encourage the systematic and critical study of: human experience and behaviour; physical, economic and social environments; and the history and development of social and cultural institutions

2. 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 society

3. enable the student to collect, describe and analyse data used in studies of society, to test hypotheses, and to interpret complex data and source material

4. promote the appreciation of the way in which learning is relevant both to the culture in which the student lives, and the culture of other societies

5. develop an awareness in the student that human attitudes and beliefs are widely diverse and that the study of society requires an appreciation of such diversity

6. enable the student to recognize that the content and methodologies of the subjects in group 3 are contestable and that their study requires the toleration of uncertainty.

(adapted from IBDP Group 3 - Individual and Societies)