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The different lessons in the humanities department

Beyond enriching personal knowledge, the humanities make it possible to develop skills and methodologies that are useful in the long-term and in every field.

The Humanities department offers students lessons structured around three disciplines: history, geography and economics. These three subject areas are highly complementary in that they each allow children to develop their critical mindset, their independence and offer them a holistic understanding of the world.

History teaching aims to place current affairs in their context in space and time. It must allow pupils to see the logic of the causes and effects of the various events studied. It also makes a distinction between structural and conjunctural trends, and identifies continuity and breaking points. History teaching is global, international, and, in this way, it must open pupils’ minds up to the world.

Geography is a dynamic subject that is firmly anchored in reality. It concentrates on the interactions between individuals, society and the physical environment in time and space. It also studies how human beings adapt and their reaction to change. Geography also favours an openness to the world and international awareness. It analyses issues of global importance with a local impact.

Finally, economics completes the picture by explaining how to satisfy human needs. Economics is studied by associating knowledge of macro and micro-economics. These two complementary approaches must be studied in a specific, real context, which may be both national and international. The ethical dimensions of the economic theories and strategies are ever present in economics lessons.

Through the participation of specialists from outside the Institut (universities, international organisations, representatives from the economic and political worlds), specific workshops (Model United Nations, Students’ United Nations) and trips, teaching goes outside the school walls, boosting the added value of the educational pathway offered by Florimont.

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