The philosophy of the AISJ Social Studies program is to have students acquire both core knowledge and a firm grasp of reasoning and practice in inquiry and research. Students should become concerned and committed global citizens, and appreciate the contributions various groups have made to advance civilization. Students should develop an understanding and appreciation of the uniqueness of the social sciences.
Standard 1: Time Continuity and Change.
Patterns of change and continuity, relationships between people and events through time, and various interpretations of these relationships.
Standard 2: Connections and Conflict.
The causes and effects of interaction among societies, including trade, systems of international exchange, war, and diplomacy
Standard 3: People, Places and Environment.
The concepts of geography and demography and how geography and demography influence and are influenced by human history
Standard 4: Culture.
Cultural and intellectual developments and interactions among and within societies.
N.B.: In the benchmarks for this standard, the term "belief systems" refers to an ordered, established body of thinking and faith that influence one's perceptions of self and the world. It includes such concepts as religion, philosophies (including political and economic), and science.
Standard 5: Society and Identity.
Social systems and structures and how these influence individuals.
Standard 6: Governance and Citizenship.
Why societies create and adopt systems of governance and how these systems address human needs, rights, and citizen responsibilities.
Standard 7: Production, Distribution, and Consumption.
The fundamental economic principles and ways in which economies are shaped by geographic and human factors
Standard 8: Science, Technology, and Society.
How societies have influenced and been influenced by scientific developments and technological developments