Modern Studies

Aims of the Modern Studies Department

In S1 Modern Studies we study Democracy and Brazil. In the first rotation we learn different skills such as analysing and evaluating skills to understand which groups in society are not allowed to vote. We also study pressure groups and how they can be effective by using different methods. In the second rotation we look at Brazil. This part of the course explores the different social and economic differences in Brazil.

In S2 pupils will study China and Terrorism. Terrorism will look at the 9/11 attack to the recent ISIS attacks on the world. Pupils will evaluate the impact of these attacks around the world. The pupil’s will study China looking at Human Rights and understand the inequalities in China. Pupils will successfully continue to work on their evaluating and creating skills. The pupils will create a news report and an extended response on Human Rights.

In Modern Studies we look at two topics the USA and Crime in Scotland. This links to what the pupils have learnt in S1 and 2 (China and Brazil) continuing to look at the socio-economic inequalities and comparing them to the UK. We also look at Crime and understand the reasons why people may turn to crime.

In S3, we also broaden our skills by reading and evaluating sources from Newspapers and drawing information from them to create information display.


Staff Names

Mrs E. McQuillan –Curricular leader for Social Subjects (Modern Studies)

Mrs M. Cameron – Modern Studies

Miss G. Rawls – Modern Studies

Qualification Course Layout

National 3

The purpose of Modern Studies is to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of contemporary political and social issues in local, Scottish, United Kingdom and international contexts. This purpose will be achieved through successful study of the Course Units which focus on the democratic political system in Scotland and the UK, Crime in the Law and America.

National 4

The purpose of Modern Studies is to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of contemporary political and social issues in local, Scottish, United Kingdom and international contexts. This purpose will be achieved through successful study of the Course Units which focus on the democratic political system in Scotland and the UK, Crime in the Law and America.

National 5

The purpose of Modern Studies is to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of contemporary political and social issues in local, Scottish, United Kingdom and international contexts. This purpose will be achieved through successful study of the Course Units which focus on the democratic political system in Scotland and the UK, Crime in the Law and America.

Higher

The purpose of Modern Studies is to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of contemporary political and social issues in local, Scottish, United Kingdom and international contexts. This purpose will be achieved through successful study of the Course Units which focus on the democratic political system in Scotland and the UK, social issues in the UK and international issues.

Learners will be expected to use a range of statistical, numerical and graphical information in order to detect bias, exaggeration and selectivity in the use of facts, this will involve them handling and evaluating data in order to extract significant information and come to judgements on the reliability of the information.