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Fundamental Humanities (IP Years 1-2)

“The calling of the humanities is to make us truly human in the best sense of the word,” 
J. Irwin Miller


At TJC, we recognize that the various branches of the humanities interact with each other, thus we take an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to the subject. Using real-world tasks and case studies, students will hone vital skills and competencies, such as critical thinking, analysing different information sources, and multiple perspectives, essential for success in a globalised world.


Our Fundamental Humanities curriculum uses the Understanding by Design© framework which keeps in mind the big picture even as students work towards an enduring understanding for each topic. Our teachers use Socratic questioning to make students think deeper, and we believe strongly in the value of taking students out of the classroom on various learning journeys, providing them with new experiences to assimilate and accommodate.

In early 2019, our IP1s had the chance to commune with nature in the middle of the bustling CBD, with a humanities lesson conducted on the river banks and a boat ride down the Singapore River.



We pride ourselves on our comprehensive and engaging learning materials, all crafted to challenge students in a way that is accessible to their age. For example, our department designed the award-winning Cities of Pangaea computer simulation, to gives our IP1 students the experience of building and maintaining a society. Through this, they can see how various geographical, economic and social factors work together to determine the outcomes of their society, and how these scenarios have played out in real-world societies over the course of history.

The IP2 Fundamental Humanities Trip is designed for students to apply and extend what they have learnt in the classroom through the use of authentic learning tasks framed as investigative mysteries that they had to solve throughout the journey from Ipoh to Penang. From peeking into the lives of the tin miners to learning about the use of architecture as a tool for projection of power, the activities gave the students greater insights into colonial legacies as well as the rationale and controversies behind the bicentennial commemoration back home.