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List of Specialized Subjects in HUMSS Strand

Another strand in the Senior High School (SHS) academic track is the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) Strand for learners who want to pursue these fields of study at the university level. It has four Humanities subjects and four Social Science subjects which are listed below.

List of Specialized Subjects in Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) Strand

SubjectDescription
Creative Writing/ Malikhaing PagsulatThe course aims to develop practical and creative skills in reading and writing; introduce students to the fundamental techniques of writing fiction, poetry, and drama; and discuss the use of such techniques by well-known authors in a variety of genres. Each class will be devoted to the examination of techniques and to the workshop of students’ drafts toward the enrichment of their manuscripts. Students learn how to combine inspiration and revision, and to develop a sense of form.

Lilinangin ng kurso ang kasanayang praktikal at malikhain sa pagbasa at pagsulat; ipauunawa at tatalakayin ang mga pundamental na teknik sa pagsulat ng maikling kuwento, tula, at dula na ginamit ng mga kilalang manunulat ng nabanggit na mga anyo. Tutuon ang klase sa matalas na pagsusuri sa mga teknik at worksyap ng mga burador ng mga mag-aaral sa lalo pang ikaiinam ng kanilang mga manuskrito. Matutuhan ng mga mag-aaral ang pagsasanib ng inspirasyon at rebisyon at ang malalim na paqkaunawa sa mga anyo.
Creative NonfictionFocusing on formal elements and writing techniques, including autobiography and blogging, among others, the subject introduces the students to the reading and writing of Creative Nonfiction as a literary form. The subject develops in students skills in reading, and critical and creative thinking that will help them become imaginative readers and writers.
Introduction to World Religions and Belief SystemsThe course explores the main tenets and practices of major world religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shintoism. It aims to help learners understand the historical contexts of nine religions, appreciate their uniqueness and similarities, and promote mutual understanding among believers of different faiths. Learners are expected to demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of one’s faith and that of others.
Community Engagement, Solidarity, and CitizenshipThis course focuses on the application of ideas and methods of the social sciences to understand, investigate, and examine challenges of contemporary community life. It focuses on community-action initiatives such as community engagement, solidarity, and citizenship as guided by the core values of human rights, social justice, empowerment and advocacy, gender equality, and participatory development. It aims at enhancing students’ sense of shared identity and willingness to contribute to the pursuit of the common good of the community. It enables students to integrate applied social sciences into community-action initiatives.
Philippine Politics and GovernanceThis course introduces the students to the basic concepts and vital elements of politics and governance from a historical-institutional perspective. In particular, it attempts to explain how the important features of our country’s political structures/institutions, processes, and relationships developed across time. In the process, the course helps the learners gain a better appreciation of their rights and responsibilities as individuals and as members of the larger sociopolitical community to strengthen their civic competence.
Trends, Networks, and Critical Thinking in the 21st CenturyThe course provides opportunities for students to discover patterns and extract meanings from emerging trends. It will provide opportunities for students to develop their critical, creative, and compassionate thinking as well as their decisionmaking skills. Global trends in the 21st century are examined, and a stance is made on whether to accept or reject these based on sound criteria. Students will be asked to create and analyze scenarios that will challenge them to formulate their stance on issues or concerns, propose interventions, and formulate alternative futures. The students will realize the interconnections between their neural connections and social realities.
Disciplines and Ideas in the Social SciencesThe course introduces students to basic concepts and subjects and methods of inquiry in the disciplines that form the Social Sciences. It then discusses influential thinkers and ideas in these disciplines. It relates these ideas to the Philippine setting and current global trends.
Disciplines and Ideas in the Applied Social SciencesThis course introduces some Applied Social Sciences, namely, Counseling, Social Work, and Communication, which draw their foundation from the theories and principles of Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, and other social sciences. The course highlights the seamless interconnectivity of the different applied social science disciplines while focusing on the processes and applications of these applied disciplines in critical development areas.
HUMSS Culminating Activity/Work ImmersionThis course is designed to provide students the opportunity to integrate their learning in the different learning areas of humanities and social sciences through a creative culminating activity. It focuses on the exhibitions/exhibits of authentic products and performances as evidence of their learning in the field of humanities and social sciences.

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