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International School Suva

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Humanities & Technology

 

The Humanities Department offers the following subjects: Accounting, Business Studies and History are offered in Years 9 and 10 according to the IGCSE curriculum, Business Management, Economics and History are offered as ACT subjects or can contribute to an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for Years 11 and 12. Classes incorporate inquiry based learning and students are provided a range of opportunities to develop critical thinking and analytical skills.

 

  • IGCSE Accounting, Business Studies and History
  • ACT / IB  Business Management, Economics, History
  • Information and Communication Technology

 

IGCSE Accounting, Business Studies and History

 

Accounting

Accounting develops skills in recording, reporting, presenting and interpreting financial information which form an solid foundation for students wishing pursue this discipline in their senior years.

 

The content includes: The Purpose of Accounting, Sources and recording of data, Verification of Accounting records, Accounting procedures, Principles of financial statements, Preparation of financial statements, Analysis and interpretation, and Accounting principles and policies.

 

Business Studies

The Business Studies content includes business and its environment, private and public businesses, changing business environment, external economic environment, business structure organization and control, financing business activity, operations management, financial information and decision making, and reasons for regulations.

 

History

Students of History learn international relations since 1919 which covers peace treaties of 1919 – 23, League of Nations, causes of World War II, Cold War and events of the Cold War such as the Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War, as well as USSR control over Eastern Europe 1949 – 1989, and the Gulf Crisis up to 2000. In addition, students learn a depth study: Russia 1905 – 1941. Learning experiences include debates, oral presentations, use of ICT and research assignments. Students’ assessments are marked against IGCSE assessment objectives.

 

Humanities - Year 11 and 12

Students choose to study either one or two of these subjects according to the ACT Year 12 Certificate or the IB Diploma curriculum. Learning strategies develop critical thinking and analytical writing skills through oral presentations and seminars, fieldwork, simulations, debates, research projects and excursions, as well as develop a greater awareness of global systems.

 

 

ACT / IB  Business Management, Economics, History

 

Business Management

The course offers students a greater understanding of the business environment by learning the six main concepts of Change, Culture, Ethics, Globalization, Innovation and Strategy that are taught in conjunction with the main topics – Business organization and environment, Human Resource Management, Finance and Accounts, Marketing and Operations Management.

 

Economics

Economics students are introduced to the fundamentals of economics along with microeconomics in the first semester of Year 11. The main concepts studied here include Competitive markets: demand and supply, Elasticity, Government intervention, and market failure. HL students only learn the Theory of the firm and market structures. Students also learn about macroeconomics including the topics of the level of overall economic activity, aggregate demand and aggregate supply, macroeconomic objectives, fiscal policy, monetary policy, and Supply-side policies. In year 12, the first semester focuses on international economics that covers international trade, exchange rates, the balance of payments, and economic integration. HL students only also learn the topic of Terms of trade. The final semester focus is on Development economics. This topic looks at economic development, measuring development, the role of domestic factors, the role of international trade, the role of foreign direct investment, the roles of foreign aid and multilateral development assistance, the role of international debt, and the balance between markets and intervention, market failures, externalities and policies to reduce negative externalities.

 

History

History students learn about causes, practices of wars. Specific wars include World Wars I and II, the Spanish Civil War and the Chinese Civil War. They also study the rise and rule of authoritarian states by examining the conditions that gave rise to totalitarian governments, ideologies, and its appeal. Students also learn about the political, economic, social and cultural impacts as well as the legacies of these totalitarian regimes. Case studies include Germany 1923 – ’45 and Cuba 1959 – ’76. Year 12 students undertake a study of modern China from the Manchu dynasty to Mao Zedong’s rule, looking at western intrusion, communist victory in 1949, and Mao’s rule and his successors up to 1990. Mao’s rule is an additional authoritarian state for IB Diploma students. The final unit continues with the IB Asia and Oceania regional option by examining the collapse of Japan’s Tokugawa Shogunate and the transition to the modern era, the establishment of a modern government, its imperial conquests and militarism, its role in international affairs and post-World War II reconstruction.

 

The Model UN

The Humanities and Technology Department organizes the annual ISS Model UN where students in Years 9 – 12 and from other neighboring schools debate global issues in 5 committees – General Assembly, ECOSOC and Security Council. Click here for more information.

 

Travel and Tourism IGCSE

 

Travel and tourism is designed to develop the skills and knowledge of students through an exploration of this diverse and multifaceted industry.

Students gain an overview of the industry and learn about popular destinations, customer care, marketing, travel and tourism products and services, and working procedures. Students will gain an insight into the wide ranging impacts of this industry and develop both local and global mindsets.

 

Tourism and Event Management

 

The tourism and event management industries contribute significantly to the Fijian and South Pacific economies, not to mention their impact in other countries. Students undertaking Tourism and Event management will develop an appreciation of the industries and their importance on a local and a global level. Students explore topics such as travel planning, popular destinations, customer care, marketing, products and services, event management, planning, budgeting, current issues of concern and the greater impact worldwide of these industries. Along with these concepts students will develop skills in the areas of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis, time management, evaluation and application of knowledge, not to mention the development of a global mindset. The course supports the development of these skills for the now, and beyond into life after school.

 

Information and Communication Technology

 

ICT is concerned with the storage, retrieval, manipulation, transmission or receipt of digital data. Importantly, it also looks at the way these different uses can work with each other, as an example, personal computers, internet  and email, mobile phones and so on.

Information and Communication Technology equips students with practical skills and applications that are utilized in all other subject areas. It draws on the school’s current facilities and resources, computers and computer applications. The teaching learning model used in the most of classes is ‘Blended Learning’.  This refers to learning models that combine traditional classroom practice with e-learning solutions.

Students are assessed based on their knowledge and understanding, their problem-solving skills, their practical skills and their ability to research and communicate ideas.

 

 

Years 9 - 10 ICT

Information Technology is an IGCSE course and students may choose to sit the IGCSE Information Technology Examinations in Year 10.  Information Technology is designed to enhance a student’s understanding of computer concepts and practical skills, and enables them to evaluate and use information technology.  Through practical experience students develop confidence in dealing with existing and emerging information technologies and understand their application and implication to work, leisure and communication.  Students are encouraged to develop time management and planning skills.

 

The main focus of this course is to provide a balanced approach to learning about information technology.  It is a practical course, and therefore has a strong emphasis on acquiring skills in a range of Office computer applications with strong emphasis in Word, Excel, Access and web designing.  There is also be some study on the impact of information technology in society.

 

Information Technology is not offered in Years 11 and 12.