Faculty – Humanities
Commerce – Accounts, Business, Commercial Applications,Economics,Finance
“The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce in real life is rarely so simple and never so just.” – English novelist and art historian Anita Brookner.
The modern world is very fast and complicated. It is a world of commerce and business. Every country tries its best to have frequent business dealings with other countries to improve its economy. Commerce as a stream of education can be defined as a study of trade and business activities such as the exchange of goods and services from producer to final consumer. The main subjects that are taught in the Commerce stream in Class 11 (Lower Sixth) and 12 (Upper Sixth) include Accountancy, Commerce/Business Studies and Economics.
Commerce as a stream helps in gaining in-depth knowledge of Business, Accounts, Finance and Economics. Students are advised to choose this field if they have an affinity for numbers and have more interest in business and economy. It is designed to develop business acumen, financial literacy and analytical skills. Several students are opting for commerce stream aspiring to be Chartered Accountants, Investment Bankers or professional in the insurance field, Stock market etc. The emerging demand for sound professionals in Indian business/Commerce sector require an upliftment in the educational structure, with a keen emphasis on constant learning.
Our primary aim of teaching is the development of some skills besides imparting knowledge. We focus on skill-based knowledge e.g. application of knowledge, self-confidence, comprehension, observation, logical thinking, communication, drafting of letters and reports, presentation, decision making and problem solving, public relation, management of time, behavioural, leadership and motivation, entrepreneurship, organising and vision. We follow scientific methods of presenting the subject, keeping in mind the psychological and physical requirements of the students e.g. lectures, industrial visits, project Work, seminars, group discussion, problem-solving, demonstration, assignments, workshop, case study etc. We conduct various open prize competitions e.g. Commerce open prize and Accounts open prizes.
The commerce department strives towards teaching the basics of Business, Accounts, Finance and Economics, to send out students who are fit to join business/professional courses in reputed colleges around the world and then go on to be leaders in the field of business/professionals.
“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind” Khalil Gibran
“Children are like clay, the way you mould them is the way they become”
The varied origins and backgrounds of teachers at BCS impact an eclectic mix of cultures and traditions that enrich our campus life. As all our students live on campus, they learn to appreciate different cultures better by living the experience.
Like all faculties, our Geography Dept. teachers are very passionate about their subject. Many of them have travelled wide across the globe and include their personal experiences during interactions with the students. They strive to make each geography lesson wholesome and interesting.
Our teachers encourage all their students to question and help them look for the answers.
Learning Geography at BCS is not limited to just interactions with the teacher in the classroom. Practicals as we call them include audio-video tutorials, undertaking regular field trips and excursions to various parts of India (Jim Corbett Park, Goa, Gujarat etc.) and abroad (Dubai, Sri Lanka, UK etc.) These trips impart first-hand experience of appreciating geographical features, socio-economic activities, culture flora and fauna.
During our field trips we also survey villages to get the students to experience rural India. At BCS, star gazing to understand the cosmos, model making and educational videos are as important as reading geography text books.
Our teachers participate in exchange programs with other schools locally as well as abroad (HOD geography went to Marlborough College UK in 2018) and they are encouraged to update their knowledge and teaching methodology through regular brain storming and trainings.
A former OC very aptly said – “A lasting memory of BCS was learning Geography. It was not just another subject it was an experience. My teacher instilled in me the love of travel.”
‘A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots’.
As a relatively young pluralistic country India faces challenges in defining itself and its people within the global context. The historical view of India is more often than not, presented through the window, that is, the Travelling Scholars, Traders, Invaders and Rulers of the Past, where the agenda of the above overrides the lived experience of the people.
In Bishop Cotton School we recognise that the boys under our care are the future of this our democratic nation. This places on us the moral obligation to create an enabling comprehensive program as a perspective for the future. The pupils are encouraged to investigate and appreciate a sundry of frame of references. This can help them to identify themselves in a grander global milieu.
The youngest class, which is Class 3, introduces the society to the pupils in an integrated program of Social Studies (History in correlation with other Social Sciences). Thereafter the program opens up into respective subjects allowing us to explore the subject in detail right up to Upper Sixth.
The approach to learning within Bishop Cotton School especially within the History Department is interactive, discursive and structural. The pupils instead of simply being instructed are guided through questioning to reach the objectives of the lessons taught. The learning in the classroom is pupil-driven aiming for cognitive (providing stimulus for realisation) and affective (providing stimulus for empathy) development, enabling students to analyse and research. Complex ideas and events are deconstructed and discussed to construct a rational response.
The ultimate goal of the program can be encapsulated in the following lines of the poem If by Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
Political Science is one of the key subjects that we offer to our students who take the Humanities stream. It is a very popular option in classes 11 and 12.
The students are given a thorough grounding in various political theories, ideology, and terminology. Our key aim is to equip the students with a strong working knowledge of political concepts, political thought and International relations. The meaning, characteristics, sources and kinds of the following terms are discussed in detail – Sovereignty, Law, Liberty, Equality, and Justice. We also make them aware of the various theories regarding the origin of the state e.g. The Divine Origin theory and the Social Contract theories of political thinkers like Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau. We investigate fundamental concepts like State (and its essential elements), Government (and its three main organs), and Nation and Nationality. Students develop an understanding of political ideologies like Liberalism, Communism, Socialism and Fascism.
We study the various forms of Government e.g. Totalitarian, Authoritarian, Dictatorship, Parliamentary and Presidential and consider their merits and demerits. We look at different forms of Constitution and their amending procedures and conventions. We then examine the three organs of Government – Legislature, Executive and Judiciary. The functions and meanings of these organs are discussed in detail with special reference to the UK, USA, and India. Great emphasis is laid on the special role of the Judiciary and why it is necessary to ensure the Independence of the Judiciary.