Social Studies

Through facilitating the study of geography/global issues, history, politics and economics, the Social Studies Department helps students understand personal, national and international issues with the intent of producing competent, reflective and responsible global citizens.

To enhance the interest of the students in various subjects at every level of study, a variety of teaching methods are used, incorporating technology, research papers, essays (reflective as well as analytical), debates, field trips, tests, quizzes and lecture-discussions. Involvement of grade 7 in MUN along with grades 9-12 is a special feature of the social studies syllabus. Students participate in national as well as international MUN conferences. In grades 10-12, several courses, including World History, U.S. History, European History, Micro and Macro Economics and Comparative Politics and Government, prepare students for ETS-administered AP examinations. These external examinations help students get admission to Universities around the world, including the U.S. Britain, Australia, New-Zealand, Singapore.


Ms. Shonila Chander, HOD

Qualifications: MA Economics; 1974, MA Political Science:1976, BEd 1977 Certified to teach Economics and English. (Punjab University, Chandigarh.) Punjab University, Chandigarh. Short Course Diploma in Comparative Religions, 1990-91: London Bible College, U.K. More than 29 years' experienceteaching a variety of subjects, including Ecnomics, Indian History, South Asian studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Sociology and Religious Education (Religions of Indian Origin as well as Religions of Semitic Origin) Teaches Grades 11 & 12 Economics and Religions of Indian and Semitic Religions. Shonila also facilitates Indian College Counselling, and is an MUN staff advisor. Her hobbies are reading, knitting and cooking.

Mr. Greg Miller

Gregory Miller has a BA in Social Studies Education from Bethel University, St.Paul, Minnesota, with a minor in History. He holds a State of Minnesota teaching licence. Greg has 4 years teaching experience. He teaches, History and AP Pschology. His hobbies are Trivial Pursuit, cooking, baking, and travel.

Ms. Sunita Chakravarti

Sunita has a Masters in International Politics from Delhi University, and a doctorate in Humanities from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA. She spent nearly two decades working in the development sector with multilaterals and bi-laterals. She worked with World Bank in South and Central Asia from 1991-2001. She worked with Government of Sweden in urban environment sector from 2001-2007. She was also on the faculty of National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad where she taught graduate and post graduate students. In addition, she also taught Undergraduate students in Univerity of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. In the end of 2007, Dr. Chakravarty decided to take voluntary retirement from her development work and moved on to work as a volunteer with school children. She is currently teaching social studies at Woodstock. Sunita will be beginning her third year in the Social Studies department this semester.

Mr David Webb

David Webb teaches Grade 8 Social Studies and Grade 9 World History. He is originally from Suffolk, Virginia (USA) but has lived most of his life in North Carolina. David earned a Master of Divinity from Campbell University in May 2011. He majored in history at North Carolina State University (BA 1993) with graduate studies in Public History, also at North Carolina State. He holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University and served as a research scholar for the World Religions and Global Cultures Center at Campbell University. Before coming to Woodstock, David worked in the non-profit and governmental sectors. He has served as a Church Administrator, Senior Land Use Planner, and Museum Educator. In his free time, David enjoys music, sports, traveling, reading and volunteering with local charities.

Senior School Course Descriptions

  • Grade 7: Social Studies
    1. Students in this course will study a series of world issues that have an impact on their lives. These include environmentalism, the rights of indigenous people, refugees and internally displaced persons, globalization, and poverty. Throughout these units, students are exposed to basic principles of history, geography, economics, and political science. These areas of study are then covered more directly in the grade 8 curriculum after this introduction in grade 7. The content and skills derived from these areas are then applied to a unit covering the history and functions of the United Nations. This will serve as preparation for the Woodstock Model United Nations conference, in which all students participate during their eighth grade year. This preparation gives students an opportunity to develop their research, debating, and public speaking skills as well.
  • Grade 8: Social Studies
    1. This course traces the history of the world from its beginnings to 1400 AD. Students will master major historical themes and patterns around the world, thoroughly preparing them for the AP World History curriculum of grades 9 and 10. Regular and varied assessments ensure that along with developing a concrete knowledge of this time period, students also apply the lessons of history to their everyday lives, preparing for a lifetime of global citizenship.
  • Grade 9: World History
    1. After a quick review of ancient and medieval history, this course traces World History from 1400-1800AD, Students master major historical themes and patterns around the world, thoroughly covering the first 1/2 of the AP World History curriculum. Regular and varied assessments ensure that along with developing a concrete knowledge of this time period, students also apply the lessons of history to their everyday lives, preparing for a lifetime of global citizenship.
  • Grade 10: AP World History
    1. After a quick review of the previous year's study, this challenging course covers 19th and 20th century world history as part of their preparation for the AP World History Exam in May of the spring semester. Given our particular context, the course will place an emphasis on India's place through these two hundred years. Then students review their previous year's course work in final preparation for the May AP World History Exam. Regular and varied assessments ensure that along with developing a concrete knowledge of this time period, students also apply the lessons of history to their everyday lives, preparing for a lifetime of global citizenship.
  • Grades 11 & 12: Indian History
    1. This challenging course traces Indian History from its beginning in the Indus River Valley right through to the recent challenges of managing globalization of religious fundamentalism, with an emphasis on the modern era. One primary skill at this advanced level involves learning to evaluate not only primary sources, but evaluating the various (and contradictory) schools of interpretation. This course includes a greater component of research and both written and oral presentations than courses at the lower levels. This course aims to use history as a tool to understand the present, to engage in meaningful discussion, and to participate as responsible global citizens.
  • Grades 11 & 12: AP US History
    1. This challenging course traces United States History from the first encounter between Native Americans and Europeans through the Twentieth Century. Formal expression of well-supported opinions (thematic essays), well-informed analysis of primary sources (document based questions), and regular testing (including objective questions, analysis of sources, and essays) all demonstrate a student's firm grasp of major themes, concepts, and players in the historical development of American political institutions, diplomacy, and economic trends, as well as American social and cultural history . This course aims to use history as a tool to understand the present, to engage in meaningful discussion and to participate as responsible citizens in a democracy. Achievement of this 'grand objective' depends on a mutual commitment by teacher and students to closely read both primary and secondary texts, spend time in reflective thought, and discuss ideas in an open, honest, and respectful manner.
  • Grades 11 & 12: AP European History
    1. This challenging course traces European History from the Renaissance and Reformation through the close of the 20th Century, in preparation for the Advanced Placement exam in May of the spring semester. The successful student will demonstrate a firm grasp of major themes, terms, and players in political, intellectual, cultural, diplomatic, social, religious and economic history. The course particularly highlights issues raised by the development of nationalism, individualism, and objectivism; as well as the influence these concepts have had upon Europe and the world. The student's competency will be demonstrated through formal expression of well-supported opinions (thematic essays), through well-informed analysis of primary sources (written reflections and document-based questions), and will be measured regularly using objective means of assessment (quizzes and tests). The student reads and analyzes both primary and secondary texts extensively.
  • Grades 11 & 12: AP Comparative Politics & Government
    1. This course is an introduction to the comparative study of state systems and their political components. Attention is given to contemporary global issues, such as democratization, political change, public policy, sovereignty, and citizen-state relations. Case studies of Great Britain, Mexico, Iran, Nigeria, China, the Russian Federation, and the European Union analyse these countries' diverse political traditions, values and structures. The course uses simulations, discussions, and debates to encourage students to think conceptually and analytically about different systems of government.
  • Grades 11 & 12: Global Issues
    1. This course uses geography to focus on major issues facing the world today. Topics covered in detail include water distribution, climate change, biodiversity, natural disasters, and poverty. Much of the work is research-based, and the terminal project is the 4000-word Extended Essay on a selected research topic. Over a two -year period Global Issues and Environmental Science courses combine to serve as the Environment Education requirement for the Indian Mark sheet students.
  • Grades 11 & 12: AP Microeconomics
    1. The purpose of this course is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers within the larger economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets and includes the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy.
  • Grade 12: AP Macroeconomics
    1. Students gain a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. The course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price determination and also develops students' familiarity with Economic performance measures, economic growth and international economics.
  • Grades 11 & 12: AP Psychology
    1. AP Psychology is a course designed to introduce students to the world of human behaviour and mental processes. Students undertake some of the work of psychologists while studying the foundations of a broad range of psychology fields such as neuroscience, developmental psychology, social psychology, cognition, learning, consciousness, and abnormal psychology. As a culminating project, students design and execute their own research study of a topic of their choosing. Studnets can choose to take the AP exam in May which can be used for college credit in some American and Canadian universities.

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