Social Studies

Social Studies

Three subjects are combined into one learning area

What do I have to do with the climate?

What does democracy actually mean?

How did the Romans live?

Children and young adults grow up in a world full of questions. The subject of social studies, which is made up of geography, politics and history, offers the opportunity to answer many of these questions.

Due to its diversity, it is particularly suitable for promoting numerous required skills. During their time at school, students learn a variety of methods (map work, evaluation of sources, research methods, field work, etc.), gain a deeper insight into the responsible and critical use of information and traditional and modern media (Internet research, film evaluation, analysis of statistics, tables, mapping, creation of models, etc.), train their communication skills (argumentation, discussions, assessments) and learn to deal with the many facets of social life in a critical and responsible manner and to act accordingly.

The aim of geography is to understand the natural geographical, ecological, political, economic and social structures and processes of the spatial reality of life. By exploring both the local area and foreign habitats, tolerance towards the intrinsic value of foreign cultures is developed and students are prepared for life in an internationally interwoven world. The development of a basic topographical knowledge of thematic regional to global orientation grids is a prerequisite for differentiated spatial interdependence thinking.

In the history section, the focus is on developing a reflective historical awareness, which should enable students to become independent thinkers and responsible individuals by examining the development of human societies, considering the "other" and critically observing and assessing historical processes.

Closely linked to geography and history, the main focus of politics is on learning about and assessing political, social and economic structures. The aim is to develop a lasting political awareness that enables learners to play an active role in the development of political processes.

Lessons in this subject take place in classes in years 5-8.