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Humanities showcase
2017-05-26

[SCIE web news, May 26th, 2017] Recently the humanities department hosted it’s first ever showcase of the field trips which have taken place this year. The event was attended by students, staff and parents. The humanities department believe that is important to give students the opportunities to learn outside of the classroom, making connections, reflecting and gaining a deeper understanding of their course. The Geography trips allowed for students to carry out fieldwork, whilst the trip to Auschwitz was of great relevance to the A2 course on the holocaust. In addition, trips can inspire students to carry out further independent research or even study the subject at university. The main focus of the evening was the students who expertly presented their experiences and shared with the audience the key lessons they had learned.

 

 

The trips which were featured on the evening were the A level trip to Poland which was organised by Ms. Sophie Brunson. This trip included an opportunity for the students to visit the ancient city of Krakow, plus its Jewish heritage and the nearby remains of the concentration camps of Auschwitz, Birkenau. In addition to this students had the opportunity to see the Schindler factory as featured in the film Schindler’s list. The group moved up to the capital city of Warsaw where we got to see 2nd WW historical sights and communist era architecture. This section was was expertly presented by Hermoine and Billy.

In fact an article has also since been published in the Shenzhen Daily newspaper by Sarah.

 

 

Next was the The A2 Geography trip to Bali which was organised by Mr Ian Taylor and included translation by Julia. There were main presentations on coral reefs and how they were being affected by human commercial activity, like fishing and diving by Richard and then further presentations on the volcanic and coastal features by Sylvia, Narae and Cici.  They spoke about the food and culture of the Indonesian island and the spectacular scenery

 

 

This was followed by A1 Geography to Guilin which was organised by Mr Stuart Ashmore and presented Irena/ Choi Yingbao and included a boat trip to observe a wealth of fluvial features typically found in the mature stages of a river. There was also opportunity to see first-hand carbonation that has formed this world famous tropical karst landscape. Students also have the chance to visit silver cave exhibiting renowned example of subterranean erosional and depositional karst features.  On the ultimate day; student visit a mountain village where they still practice traditional terraced paddy-rice cultivation. Students investigated via interviews and observation, the socio/economic impact of factors such as increasing tourism and improved communications

 

 

In addition to the trips organised by the subject areas there are two ECAs with a heavy humanities focus. The comparative politics ECA has grown in both popularity and status at SCIE. This year students successfully carried out a mock US Election, entered a prestigious video politics competition and arranged a tour of the legislative council in Hong Kong.  The MUN recently took part in a conference in Bangkok. Students gained valuable skills which will be very advantageous in their university studies. We have also built links with the University of York and were fortunate that Professor John Hudson visited to give a talk to our students on his recent research for Unicef of child well-being.

 

 

As a department we are very excited that so many of our students feel inspired to attend high ranking universities in the social sciences and humanities in both the US and the UK and look forward to this trend continuing in the next few years. Students have commented to us how they appreciate the field trips being provided by the Humanities staff and we have exciting trips planned for the next academic year including a US History and Politics club to the USA planned for June 2018 and the annual trips to Bali and Guilin for Geography.

Reporter/ Richard Driscoll  

 

 

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