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Cape May County Curriculum
 Social Studies 

The purpose of Social Studies is to help young people recognize their role as participants in a democratic society and a global community and to act responsible to improve the human condition. Through acquiring knowledge, developing skills, and examining values, students will understand themselves as individuals, family members, consumers, producers, and citizens.


Social Studies is unique among curriculum offerings. By its very nature, it focuses on the dynamics of the human condition, confronting students with the spectrum of human actions and emotions. It is directly concerned with the study of cultures and civilizations, the effects of change, the development of critical thinking, the improvement of society through reflection and enlightened participation, and the broadening of students' intellectual horizons. It requires particular sensitivity to the affective needs of students. Finally, Social Studies promotes an awareness and appreciation of a culturally mixed society in an interdependent world.


Program Goals



  1. Understand and apply basic principles of democracy and the kind of behavior necessary for functioning and maintenance of our democratic society. (Citizenship)
  2. Understand the world in terms of location, place, human, and environmental relationships, movement, and regions. (Geography)
  3. Recognize the interrelatedness of geography, economics, social systems, arts and technology, culture, belief systems, and political systems within history. (History)
  4. Recognize and appreciate the multicultural and multiethnic dimensions of our society and the contributions made by various groups. (International)


  1. Define and clarify problems, issues and ideas, and make informed decisions.
  2. Research, organize, and evaluate information related to a problem, issue or an idea.
  3. Develop interpersonal skills and work successfully in groups.

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