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Humanities Programme


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Mission / Objectives of Department

Our Vision

A discerning Dunmanite who appreciates the environment, keeps up-to-date with current issues, and possesses the ability to link the past, present and future.

Our Mission

The Humanities Department is determined to provide students with a holistic and vigorous learning experience to help our students see the world through multiple lenses. We seek to equip our students with critical thinking and communication skills as well as encourage them to develop a global perspective so that they can become confident persons who are able to navigate the complexities of a rapidly changing world, active contributors and concerned citizens.

Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (CPA)


The History Team in Dunman Secondary school seeks to develop a student who is a self-directed, active and concerned citizen. Our goal is for our students to be informed, discerning in judgement, asks questions and reflects on their process of learning. At the heart of history education lies the quest to uncover the complexities that define the human experience. This is especially valuable in a world where attention is often divided between concerns over the present and the future. Learning to manage the present and anticipate the future would not be possible without looking back at the past. Learning history helps students draw connections between the nature and impact of past developments, and how they affect the present world we live in.


With the adoption of an issues-based approach that focuses on contemporary geographical issues, the syllabus provides students with an opportunity to explore geographical questions. The Geography Team at Dunman Secondary School utilizes the pedagogy of inquiry to expose students to geographical data from a variety of sources. They learn how to do so in a responsible and critical manner, which also helps them develop communication, collaboration and information skills effectively. This way, students gain a global awareness of current geographical issues and challenges, and develop a concern and appreciation for the environment around them.

Social Studies

The Social Studies Team at Dunman Secondary School seeks to prepare students to be citizens of tomorrow by helping them to better understand the interconnectedness of Singapore and the bigger world they live in, and appreciate complexities of the human experience. We try our best to create authentic learning experiences for our students through a range of different pedagogies that pique their interest in important societal issues. We hope that our students become informed, concerned and participative citizens that care about contributing responsibly to the society and world they live in.

Programmes and Activities

Inquiry-Based Learning

1. Geographical Investigation

Dunman’s Geographical Investigation (GI) provides students with the opportunities to appreciate real-world application of geographical knowledge and help them acquire 21st Century Competencies. From Secondary 1 to Secondary 3, Geography students carry out inquiry-based learning on various issues.

2017/2018/2019 GI Highlights


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2. Historical Investigation

In our quest to pique students’ historical curiosity and provide them with a critical historical lens, we have designed Historical Investigation (HI) that makes real what has been learnt in the classroom. Some examples of HI sites include the Fort Canning Battle Box, former Ford factory, Chinatown Heritage Centre, Malay Heritage Centre and Indian Heritage Centre where students interact with sources and apply Historical concepts.

2017/2018/2019 HI Highlights

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Social Studies Learning Journey

To help our students negotiate with an increasingly complex, fast-changing society, all Secondary Three students participated in a guided learning tour of various sites. On conclusion of the learning journeys, students delved into an expert-groups sharing of whether there is genuine understanding within the diverse groups (i.e. racial, religious, socio-economic) in Singapore.Some examples of Learning Journey sites include:

  • Jalan Besar Civics Trail
  • Chinatown Cultural Walk
  • Silat Road Sikh Temple
  • Jamae Masjid and Chinatown Heritage Centre

Overseas Exchange Programme

Every year, the Dunman Humanities Department hosts students and teachers from Santa Laurensia Junior High School on their annual visit to Singapore and Dunman Secondary School. During their visit held between 21 and 23 March 2018, our Secondary 2 students were given the opportunity to act as student buddies. Together, they carried out Values-in-Action programmes and presentations on the topic of ‘Sustainable Environment’.

Dunman Secondary also conducts a biennial Overseas Immersion Programme to Jakarta, Indonesia, where we visit Santa Laurensia Junior High School and various geographical and historical places in Jakarta.

Competitions & Achievements

The Dunman Humanities Department provides every Humanities student with opportunities to achieve their fullest potential.

(1) Geography Competitions

NUS Geography Challenge

  • 2015: Gold Award
  • 2016: Silver Award

35th Singapore Bird Race
  • 2019: 1st Place

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Source: The Business Times, 21 November 2019

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(2) History Competitions

Inter-School War and Diplomacy Card Game Challenge

  • 2015: Certificate of Participation
  • 2016: 2nd Runner-up – Individual Category
  • 2017: 1st Place – Individual Category
  • 2018:1st Runner-up Team Category
  • 2018: 1st Place- Individual Category (Rhea Lim: 3 Harmony)
  • 2019: 3rd Place – Individual Category (Rhea Lim: 4 Harmony)

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National Library Board Historical Investigation Challenge 2016

  • 2016: Certificate of Participation
  • 2017: Certificate of Participation
  • 2018: Certificate of Participation