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1. How many humanities subjects in the New Secondary Senior Curriculum will be offered as elective subjects? What are their characteristics?
  The following six elective humanities subjects will be offered in the NSS curriculum.
  • Chinese History stresses the development of China in the past two centuries with focus on historical themes. Much importance is placed on the training of critical thinking skills. As students reflect on Chinese history and culture, their understanding of the country is deepened and a stronger sense of national identity is developed.
  • Economic helps students understand general economic trends and analyse how people make choices. It deals with both theories and their applications.
  • Ethics and Religious Studies helps students explore the meaning of life and seek self-understanding and an appreciation of how the human community works, so that their life has direction and is based on positive values.
  • Geography integrates the social and physical sciences and exposes students to the interactions between society, the economy and the environment. It enhances skills in processing spatial information.
  • History helps students understand the major developments in Asia and other parts of the world in the 20th century. The subject develops analytical power and critical thinking skills.
  • Travel and Hospitality Studies provides a sound foundation for students with such career orientations, offering a rich repertoire of specific and generic skills.
2. Could the teaching approach of humanities subjects help students to cope with the challenges in the future workplace?
  One of the characteristics of humanities subjects is the absence of pre-set answers to many of their questions. Students should develop their own views and opinions and teachers will accept as long as they are reasonable. Below are common teaching approaches of humanities subjects that help students think independently. These can help them to adapt to the needs of the future workplace.
  • Project learning provides opportunities for students to conduct self-directed enquiries and develop critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, creativity, etc.
  • Service Learning is a means of giving meaning to experiences. It allows students to reflect deeply on what they learn, broaden their horizons and develop their own view and values.
  • Role Play: Through role play, students learn to consider things from other people’s perspectives. Post-role-play briefing helps students analyse complicated situations, strengthens their analytical power and problem solving skills, as well as develops empathy for others.
  • Group discussion helps students develop an open mind, learn to accept different opinions and appreciate others, as well as improve communication and collaboration skills.
  • Field Study: Authentic contexts make meaningful learning. Students put classroom knowledge into practice when they enquire into real life issues. They also acquire new knowledge and skills in field studies.


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