Social sciences as defined in the Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences by Edwin R. A. Seligman are “those mental or cultural sciences which deal with the activities of the individual as a member of a group.” The major disciplines under social sciences include anthropology, economics, geography, history, law, political science, psychiatry, psychology, sociology and statistics. Seligman also made mentions of semi-social sciences like ethics, education, philosophy and psychology and sciences with social implications like biology, geography, medicine, linguistics and art. These disciplines do not only reflect a sustained dedication to critical, interdisciplinary approaches to the study of social relations, social structures, social identities and social phenomena but are also concerned with the society and the relationships of individuals within the society. These various disciplines are therefore essential in understanding diverse social issues and concerns that affect not only the youths but the country and the whole humanity as well.
Founded on the disciplines, principles and values of social sciences, the Borres Youth Leadership Institute or BYLI organized the International Social Science Camp (ISSC). It provides avenues and opportunities for young people to develop their basic understanding of the various disciplines of social sciences that will equip them with the knowledge and skills in becoming a socially aware, responsible and active students and citizens and set a ground for leadership development and for creating a community of young and responsible global leaders of tomorrow.
“We need the social sciences in order to address the challenges of global change. Social scientists bring a wealth of knowledge about processes of social transformation that will be critical to dealing with issues of environmental change and sustainability”.
At the camp, delegates will have the opportunity to understand and appreciate the different disciplines of social sciences. Understanding these disciplines will truly support the declared policy of the state under Republic Act No. 10533 otherwise known as the “Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013” to produce “graduates of basic education who are empowered individuals who have learned, x x x x the foundations for learning throughout life, the competence to engage in work and be productive, the ability to coexist in fruitful harmony with local and global communities, the capability to engage in autonomous, creative, and critical thinking, and the capacity and willingness to transform others and one’s self.”
Further, ISSC will strengthen the goal of ASEAN Community Integration of building ONE ASEAN Identity. It will create a sense of belongingness, consolidate unity in diversity and enhance deeper mutual understanding among the delegates about their culture, history, religion, and civilization. It will also promote cultural exchange and understanding among the delegates about the unique history of different people and the cultural similarities and differences. The prominent role in youth development of the World Program of Action for Youth of the United Nations will be supported as well as the camp offers opportunities to young people to effectively participate in society through discussions on national and global issues and understanding cultural diversity.