Social Studies

Social Studies Syllabus

Past Papers

Section A: Individual, Family and Society

Section B: Sustainable Development and Use of Resources

I. Development and Use of Resources

  • Explain and use correctly concepts and terms associated with human and physical resources;
  • Describe the structure and characteristics of a population;
  • Explain the factors influencing population distribution;
  • Outline factors  influencing population change;
  • Outline the sources and uses of population statistics;
  • Explain the causes and consequences of migration;
  • Explain the need for developing human resources;
  • Explain the factors that contribute to the development of human resources;
  • Explain the factors that influence employment, unemployment and underemployment;
  • Describe the factors and procedures to be considered in choosing a job or being self employed;
  • Identify the location and uses of the major natural resources in the Caribbean region;
  • Describe proper and improper practices related to sustainable development and use of natural resources and their effects on the environment and population;
  • Represent and interpret data related to human and physical resources.

II. Regional Integration

  • Explain and use correctly concepts and terms associated with regional integration;
  • Describe major challenges facing the Caribbean region;
  • Outline the major stages in the integration movement;
  • State the function of: OECS Secretariat. CARICOM Secretariat, Conference of Heads of Government;
  • Outline the objectives of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), CARICOM, The CARICOM Single Market and Economy;
  • Outline the factors that promote regional integration;
  • Describe the factors that hinder regional integration;
  • Analyse the benefits of regional integration;
  • Examine the role of individual citizens,  business organisations and government in the integration process;
  • Explain the role of regional agencies in the integration process.

Section C: Options

C I. Communication

  • Define and correctly use major terms and concepts associated with communication;
  • Describe the various forms of communication used in the Caribbean;
  • Explain how forms and media of communication are influenced by geographical, socio-cultural and technological factors;
  • Describe the factors responsible for breakdown in communication;
  • Describe how the regional mass media can help promote regional integration;
  • Explain the challenges presented by the global media in relation to cultural penetration and the development of the region;
  • analyse the effects of different forms of ownership and control of mass media in the Caribbean communication networks;
  • Evaluate the ways in which cultural heritage in the Caribbean is transmitted and transformed;
  • Outline the regulatory functions of government and media associations in relation to the media;
  • Describe the ways in which artistic and creative work are protected;
  • Describe how communications technology can help promote regional integration.

C II. Consumer Affairs

  • Define and use correctly the major terms and concepts associated with consumer affairs;
  • Differentiate among the categories of consumers;
  • Assess the factors which influence consumer demand for goods and services;
  • Explain how consumers use modern technology to conduct transactions;
  • Evaluate  the role of government and other agencies in protecting and educating customers;
  • Describe the ways the consumer can protect him/herself;
  • Describe the way consumers practise thrift in the Caribbean;
  • Explain reasons for and benefits of saving;
  • Outline the benefits of credit unions to consumers in the region;
  • Develop strategies to deal with the effects of devaluation and inflation on consumers;
  • Evaluate effects of globalisation and trade liberalisation on consumers;
  • Explain how consumers can contribute to the sustainable development of the region.

C III. Tourism

  • Define and use correctly, the major terms and concepts associated with tourism;
  • Differentiate between the types of tourism products available in the Commonwealth Caribbean;
  • Explain the factors that influence the development of tourism in the host ans supply countries;
  • Analyse the contribution of land based and cruise tourism to the economy of the Commonwealth Caribbean;
  • Outline employment and career opportunities in the tourism industry;
  • Assess the impact of the tourism industry on the physical environment of the Commonwealth Caribbean;
  • Assess the impact of tourism on the socio-cultural environment in the Commonwealth Caribbean;
  • Evaluate government policies that influence the development of tourism;
  • Assess the contribution of local, regional and international agencies to the development of tourism;
  • Outline the challenges facing the tourism industry in the region;
  • Describe ways in which tourism can be used to promote regional integration;
  • Describe how communications technology impacts on the tourism industry in the Caribbean.