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Social Studies / Geography Education

Programme Overview

Geography and Social Studies are two options in the Education-based programme which provide professional training for teachers. Through a range of courses, students/teachers obtain the necessary knowledge and skills in teaching both Social Studies and Geography at the secondary level. Geography is an old established discipline while Social Studies is relatively new with its development as an academic discipline going back to the nineteen fifties (1950's) in the Commonwealth Caribbean.
Geography is concerned with people and place. It enables students to see how people adapt to their environment and how human activities are modified by the environment; it fosters abstract thinking as students master geographical concepts; it also provides the opportunity for students to critically think about, and examine, issues and social problems affecting their community/society. Through geographical enquiry students learn to observe record, make inferences and draw conclusions.
Social Studies, on the other hand, is an interdisciplinary subject consisting of subjects such as History, Social Anthropology, Economics and Geography to name a few. The teaching of Social Studies enables students to acquire skills, knowledge, attitudes and values necessary for good citizenship. The increasing volume of knowledge in the world today means that it is of great importance that students acquire and develop the necessary skills to enable them to succeed, compete and live in a rapidly changing local as well as global society.

Scheme A Two-Year Programme – 66 credits (Trained non-graduate)
Scheme B Three-Year Programme- 90 credits (Pre-trained non- graduate)


Students are exposed to a variety of enquiry, critical thinking and decision-making skills. Through the various courses students are introduced to a range of enquiry learning strategies, students are also immersed in unit planning and lesson planning utilising both Geography and Social Studies content. Geographical skills necessary for teachers of both Geography and Social Studies form an important aspect of the course. Research, a vital component of the course, enables students to acquire content and skills in both Geography and Social Studies. Seminars, field trips, mini-investigations and community surveys are important aspects of this option.


Admission Requirements

  • Diploma from a Teachers College ( No GPA requirement) – Scheme A (66 credits) Student must have Social Studies or Geography at the CSEC level if the diploma is not in an area of intended specialization
  • Two (2) Cape subjects ( 2 units each) at least one in the intended area of specialization (Social Studies, Geography or Environmental Science ) with grades 1-5- Scheme B ( 90 credits)


Careers after Graduation
Students who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Education programme are qualified to:

  • Teach at all levels of the education system.
  • Pursue graduate studies in Educational Psychology, Science Education, Mathematics Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Administration, Educational Measurement, Language Education, Literacy Studies, Mathematics Education, Modern Languages (Spanish Education), Primary Education, Social Studies/Geography Education, Leadership in Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Workforce Development and Teacher Education and Teacher Development and other areas in education.
  • Work as Education Officers with the Ministry of Education
  • Work as Training Specialists in Corporate Jamaica
  • Work as School Administrators
  • School Librarian


Department Contact Information

The School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Education
UWI, Mona, Kingston 7
Telephone: (876) -935-8471, 935-8500-2
Option Coordinator: Mrs Vileitha Davis -Morrison






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