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Social studies includes experiences and outcomes in historical and geographical, social, political, economic and business contexts.
It is important for children and young people to understand the place where they live and the heritage of their family and community. Through social studies, children and young people develop their understanding of the world by learning about other people and their values, in different times, places and circumstances, and how their environment has been shaped. They learn about human achievements and to make sense of changes in society, conflicts and environmental issues. With greater understanding comes the opportunity to influence events by exercising informed and responsible citizenship.
Learning through social studies enables children and young people to:
- broaden their understanding of the world by learning about human activities and achievements in the past and present, political, social and environmental issues, and the values underpinning their own society and other societies
- develop the capacity for critical thinking, through accessing, analysing and using information
- form their own beliefs and view of the world and develop their understanding of different values, beliefs and cultures
- establish firm foundations for lifelong learning and, for some, for further specialised study and careers.