Cambridge IGCSE India Studies is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding.
IGCSE India Studies offers the opportunity to understand the emergence of contemporary India and the achievements, challenges, and opportunities facing the nation that is the world’s largest democracy and, within the re-balancing of Asia and the West, will be one of the great powers of the 21st century. The syllabus builds on existing good practices in international education and current thinking in
area studies to provide a lively and innovative trans-disciplinary course. IGCSE Contemporary India Studies draws on a range of disciplines to offer inquiry into and reflection on the challenges and opportunities facing India today. In the process, IGCSE Contemporary India Studies also promotes the development of those skills and ways of thinking that active citizens of the future will need.
Significant features of the syllabus are:
• a strong core studied by all
• a choice of topics enabling Centres and candidates to develop their own interests
• an inquiry-based approach with a strong focus on developing skills and modes of thinking
• a program that reaches beyond what a traditional examination course can measure: learning how to
plan and undertake a specific research project.
This course will be of interest to anyone anywhere wanting to understand the contemporary world.
The 21st century shows every sign of being India’s century.
Aims of the syllabus
The aims listed below are not in order of priority, and not all aims will be assessed in the examinations.
The aims are to encourage and develop:
• awareness of a range of issues affecting and influencing emerging India – viewed from personal, local,
national and global perspectives – and of connections between them;
• insights into the nature of those issues and their impact (current and potential) on India;
• an understanding of the dynamics of change in India, and of constraints limiting change/development
over the coming decades;
• an informed personal response to India and its significance.
Means (habits of mind)
• a critical, enquiring, analytical, and evaluative approach to study;
• the disposition to seek clarity of understanding and explanation;
• the dispositions of investigation, evaluation, and reflection to make possible:
(a) engagement with and interpretation of a body of evidence (observations, data, ideas, ideals,
practices) gathered from various media
(b) the recognition of alternatives
(c) the drawing of reasoned inferences and conclusions
(d) the making of reasoned suggestions
(e) the organization and presentation of findings;
• a personal viewpoint in relation to the issues studied.
In focusing on skills and competencies, IGCSE Contemporary India Studies will encourage candidates to be creative, innovative, enterprising, and independent. In showing candidates how to learn, this course will contribute to the preparation of confident individuals and responsible citizens of the 21st century.
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