History & Civics - Class VII Resources

The following list of online resources are provided as a sample of curated resources. New resources shall be added as we come across interesting and relevant online materials.

1. The origin of Bhutanese Art, Architecture and Craft

Description:  The chapter presents the detailed definition and origin of Bhutanese art, architecture and craft in Bhutan.

Core Concepts:  Bhutanese arts and crafts, Bhutanese architecture, origin of Bhutanese arts and crafts, and origin of Bhutanese architecture.

Link: PDF on Bhutan history and civics and citizenship education, class VII (draft)

2. Art – The Bhutanese Way

Description:  The series presents on the process of Bhutanese art painted by a Bhutanese painter.

Core Concepts:  Process on painting Bhutanese version of art.

Link: Video on the Bhutanese way of art

3. Bhutanese Architecture

Description:  “Architecture is a tangible representation of culture” Bhutan is a land where 'Happiness' is the Unit for measuring prosperity. The series presents on a week-long architectural tour of Indian students to Bhutan.

Core Concepts:  Observation and description made Bhutanese architecture by the participating students.

Link:  Video on Bhutanese architecture

4. Types of Bhutanese Arts, Crafts and Bhutanese Architecture

Description:  The chapter briefly presents the types of Bhutanese arts, crafts and Bhutanese architecture.

Core Concepts:  Bhutanese arts, crafts and architecture.

Link: PDF on Bhutan History and Civics and Citizenship Education, class VII (draft)

5. Pema Lingpa and His Treasures Revelation

Description:  The YouTube video was on the Pema Lingpa and his treasures revelation presented by Ani Dorji Wangmo during third international conference on Vajrayana Buddhism.

Core Concepts:  Terma tradition, five major Tertoens, prophecy of Guru Rinpoche, early life of Tertoen Pema Lingpa and discoveries made by Tertoen Pema Lingpa in Mebar Tsho (burning lake)

Link: Video on Pema Lingpa and his treasures revelation

6. Remembering of Tertoen: The legacy of Pema Lingpa

Description:  The YouTube video is about the legacy of Pema Lingpa, explored by YeeGetaway and Pawo Choyning Dorji in the scared sites of Tertoen Pema Lingpa.

Core Concepts:  Prophecies, mystical characters, hidden termas, and reincarnation.

Link: Video on the legacy of Pema Lingpa by Pawoo Choney Dorji

7. Tertoen (Treasure Discoverer) Pema Lingpa

Description:  The series presents the significance of Tertoen Pema Lingpa in the history of Bhutan and his contributions to the nation.

Core Concepts:  Early life of Pema Lingpa, treasure discovery, connection between the Wangchuck family and Tertoen Pema Lingpa, and contributions of Tertoen Pema Lingpa. 

Link: Video on treasure discoverer Pema Lingpa

8. Why India so filthy?

Description:  This talk was given at a local TEDx events, produced independently of the TED conference. The ugly Indian is an anonymous collective that does not talk to media, wants no publicity and works with the motto – Only Work No Talk. However, they made an exception for TEDx Bangalore so that they could open up the question of why we as Indians are okay with filthy public spaces? 

Core Concepts:  The tragedy of the commons - can we change it to the victory of the commons?, sincere attempt to solve problems by focusing on a spot - using one's own time, hands and money, and citizens coming out to fix local civic problems.

Link: Video on why is India so filthy?

9. The Bhutan Citizenship Act, (1985)

Description:  The Citizenship Act (1985) of the Royal Government of Bhutan, was enacted by the national assembly at its 62nd session, June 10, 1985. It was introduced by the Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck, modifying the definition of a Bhutanese citizen.

Core Concepts:  New national policy of Driglam Namzha, national customs and etiquette, one nation, and one people act.

Link: PDF on Bhutan Citizenship Act 1985

10. Bird House Project

Description:  The Series presents the Lhomon Education (LME) initiative, fostering the development of innovative curricula designed specifically for Bhutanese students. It also talks about the alternative model of teacher training and curriculum development that integrates principles of Gross National Happiness (GNH) in the truest sense of the term.

Core Concepts:  LME helping teachers to create innovative GNH-based curricula for use in a variety of education environments. LME curriculum development workshops and teacher training seminars open to a wide range of education institutions, including government schools, monasteries, rural education centers, and other formal and non-formal education institutions and initiatives in Bhutan. 

Link: Webpage on bird house project

11. Difference Between Government and Sate

Description:  The article presents the main differences between state and government shared by K.K Ghai.

Core Concepts:  Government is only an element of the state. Government is an agency or agent of the state. State is abstract and government is concrete. Government is organised only by a portion of the population of state membership of a state is compulsory but not of government.

Link: Webpage on nine difference between government and state

12. What is a Constitution?

Description:  The short documentary video presents the concept of constitution through cartoon images along with voice narration.
Core Concepts:  Origin of constitution, concept of constitution, democracy and constitution, merits of constitution and good constitution.

Link: Video on what is a constitution?

13. Types of Constitution

Description:  The video presents basic information regarding types of constitution through using slides presentation.
Core Concepts:  Written constitution, unwritten constitution, federal constitution, unitary constitution, separated and fused constitution, monarchial and republican constitution, evolved/evolutionary constitution and enacted constitution.

Link:  Video on types of constitution

14. Why Study History?

Description:  The short YouTube video presents the importance of learning history.
Core Concepts: History is more than war, why study history?, what’s the point? and how does learning about the past affect my life right now?

Link: Video on why study history?

15. Relation of History with Other Sciences

Description:  The article presents the relationship of history with other social sciences shared by Mamta Aggarwal.
Core Concepts: History and Geography, History and Economics, History and Statistics, History and Sociology, History and Ethics and History and Psychology.

Link: Webpage on relation of history with other sciences

16. The History of Civilisation for Kid

Description:  The YouTube video presents the History of civilization. The video is aimed to give clear concept about ancient civilization through using related images and videos.
Core Concepts: Concept of civilisation, pre-historic people, agriculture, evolving civilisation and trade.

Link: Video on the history of civilisation for kid

17. Video Clip on ‘Birth of Civilisation”- The First Farmers

Description:  The documentary movie presents the earliest origins of agriculture in settlements throughout the near east, and the great monuments their peoples erected.

Core Concepts: Spread of farming and agriculture throughout the globe, food production, pre-pottery, monuments erected by the ancient people and ancient house struct.

Link: Documentary on the birth of civilisation

18. The Wheel: Great Inventions that Changed History

Description:  The short YouTube is about ‘The Wheel’ as a great invention that changed history. The video is very simple and understandable educational videos for kids.

Core Concepts: The wheel, as one of the oldest inventions of humanity and first invention of wheel in Mesopotamia over 6 thousand years ago. Wheel as an essential partner to human beings.

Link: Video on great inventions that changed history

19. Roman Social and Political Structures

Description:  The video presents the Roman citizens, Senate and consuls. It also gives few information about the political and social structures of ancient Rome.

Core Concepts: Social and political structures of ancient Rome, Roman senate, consuls, veto power for consuls and aristocracy.

Link: Video on roman social and political structures

20. Culture and Society

Description:  The YouTube video presents the concepts of society and culture presented by Khan Academy. The video is for 3 minutes and 26 seconds.

Core Concepts: Concept of culture, concept of society, comparison of phone apps and phone with culture and society. 

Link: Video on culture and society

21. Cultural Diversity: The Sum of Our Parts

Description:  The video is a TEDx talk by Hilda Mwangi discussing about the cultural diversity to our ever-changing world. She shares her life story, and how her experiences forge her identity as a sum of her parts.

Core Concepts: Culture and culture diversity. 

Link: Video on cultural diversity