The Economic Unit strongly believes in the need to meet the diverse needs of the students and has championed differentiated teaching and learning pedagogies over the years. In 2014, the JC2 team initiated the Master Classes, Foundation Classes and the Case Study Clinics. The different programmes were specially implemented to develop the students in achieving their full potential in academic excellence. The JC1 team implemented the use of analytic rubrics to guide students on their essay writing.
A group of 10 JC1 H2 Economics students participated in the North Zone Globalisation Immersion Programme and embarked on a trip to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam from 25 - 29 November 2014. Our students attended seminars at the University of Social Sciences & Humanities on both Economic Development and Culture and interacted with the local undergraduates. They also visited the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) and Ascendas Pro-Trade Singapore Tech Park (APSTP) to learn more about the economic ventures between the two countries. In addition, they went to many places of cultural interests such as Cu Chi Tunnel and War Remnant Museum to gain a deeper understanding of the culture and history of Vietnam. A highlight of the trip was a day homestay in Cai Be village where they experience fish catching and learnt to make Vietnamese glutinous rice cakes from the local family host. Through this overseas learning journey, our Innovians gained global awareness and developed cross-cultural sensitivities.
The Geography Unit in IJC has always emphasised on equipping our students with a critical mind to engage with the content yet also inculcating in them a heart for the subject and eyes that would always view the world with wonder and amazement. It is our goal to develop our students into more empathetic and perceptive geographers who would be able to make positive contributions to society in future.
In the study of Geography, students are engaged in classroom discussions and debates as well as friendly quizzes and games both within and between classes. This helps develop the students in critically dissecting information presented to them and improves in their public confidence whilst giving the tutors a better gauge of the students' understanding and level of evaluation. The discussions also present an opportunity for peer teaching and learning between students.
Geography programmes also bring students outside the classroom with learning journeys to Changi Meteorological Station, Urban Redevelopment Authority and Land Transport Authority where students experience first-hand how geography is applied in the real-world context. Students also get to visit the National University of Singapore and interact with members of the Geographical Society to learn more about studying geography in higher education. Our overseas geography programmes bring the students to the United Kingdom and Kuantan where they got to opportunity to carry out fieldwork like a true geographer and interact with students from the colleges there.
Students also get the opportunity to participate in nationwide competitions such as those conducted by Singapore Land Authority where they compete based on the use of computer systems such as the Geographic Information System (GIS). This not only equips them with valuable work skills but also enables them to solve real world problems using ICT.
In addition, E-learning offers students the opportunity to enrich their learning experiences, beyond their understanding of geographical concepts in lectures and tutorials.
The History Unit in IJC has always pursued the goal of equipping History students with important knowledge of the past so as to better understand the present. Through this, we seek to develop students' analytical skills as well as their ability to form their own perspectives on critical national, regional and international issues - indispensable traits for the later stages of their lives.
To fulfill these aims, IJC's history unit believes in a differentiated approach that caters to students of diverse abilities. The unit has been at the forefront of utilising innovative and alternative pedagogies to engage students depending upon their needs. For instance, the unit makes active use of debates, simulations, role-plays and flipped classrooms so as to better encourage self-directed and collaborative learning in our students.
Furthermore, the unit also traditionally provides for a wide range of enrichment activities for its students. These range from guest lectures by visiting professors, guided tours to the National University of Singapore, talks by former IJC alumnus, movie screenings of relevant and interesting historical films, and opportunities for students to attend various nationwide model UN/EU/ASEAN conferences.
Through all these, the unit seeks not just to develop good results in our students, but to also provide them insight into the discipline and craft of history in university and beyond.