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History vs. Social Studies

History and Social Studies – A Comparison

The scope of history is to see where we come from and think about the actions of our ancestors, while the scope of social studies is to make us aware of the society or the world in large where we live.

  • Objectives of learning history include: fostering national feelings; developing international understanding, teaching moral principles.

  • Objectives of learning social studies include: teach how to gather, use and interpret evidence, apply geographic reasoning, understand different government types and their politics, understand economics and economic systems.

What is History?

History refers to the study of the various events that took place in the past in the realm of the human world. They include the various countries who have ruled the world, the development of various civilizations across the world, the constructions and the contributions made in the course of time through several centuries. As a study, history aims to discover, collect, and interpret data or information from the past. This may be people or artifacts that serve as proof of the human record. History can be classified in many different ways: by period or time, geographical location, or by discipline. History can also be recorded (usually written) or non-recorded (oral history and tradition).

What is Social Studies?

Social studies refer to the studies made with an intention to promote social competence. Humans are made to understand their responsibility to the society in which they live. They are made to realize the factors that contribute to the growth of the society around them. The primary aim of social studies is to equip a citizen to make important decisions as a member of society. An individual citizen can make a huge contribution to either the growth or reduction of society where that individual belongs. Social studies comprise academic disciplines and stand-alone fields of study. This includes history, economics, political science or government, psychology, anthropology, geography, sociology, archaeology, communication, linguistics, law, philosophy, and religion.