The School of Social Sciences is a new School within the FNU, comprising two Departments: the Department of Geography and History, and the Department of Ethics and Governance.
Department of Geography and History
The Department of Geography and History offers Geography and History units at Preliminary and Foundation levels, and a Social Science major (Geography and History) under the Bachelor of Education programme. The Social Science major in the BEdTVET programme is intended to inspire and prepare education students for the challenges of teaching social sciences in secondary schools today. The Department has a core of experienced teacher trainers amongst its staff. The History and Geography units we offer cover a range of contemporary global, regional and national issues with a view to making history and geography relevant in terms of both time and space. The teaching methods we employ are innovative and include encouraging students to design educational models and charts, and to use timelines and mapping to make connections between events or issues. Fieldtrips and documentary films are also used to stimulate learning.
Department of Ethics and Governance
The mandatory ethics units developed by the Department of Ethics and Governance are the signature programme of the School of Social Sciences. Most of the Schools teaching staff are involved in ethics teaching. Using a mix of lectures; scenario-based tutorial exercises; cinema; as well as debate and role-play, our Ethics, Values and Governance units expose students to a range of real-life ethical dilemmas and provide practice in applying ethical reasoning and argumentation. Students gain an understanding of ethics in relation to religion, culture, gender, human rights, prejudice and discrimination, law and governance, life and death controversies, the environment, business, trades and professions, public office and private life.
The Department offers three units in Ethics, Values and Governance, which are mandatory components of all Trade Certificate, Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Degree programmes offered by the Colleges of Humanities & Education, Engineering, Science and Technology, and Business, Hospitality & Tourism Studies and College of College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. This means that all students in the four aforementioned Colleges must complete one of the three ethics units offered by the Department of Ethics and Governance before graduating. The ethics units have been designed to be taught in all three modes (Blocks, Trimesters and Semesters).
For More Information Contact:
Dr. Mukesh Verma
Head, School of Social Sciences