S3/S4 Modern Studies
Learning Modern Studies helps to create and develop informed, active citizens who are able to compare their world with other societies and cultures. The study of Modern Studies aims to provide pupils with an awareness of the social and political issues that they will meet throughout their life. A variety of topics can be studied during the Third Year of the Broad General Education phase.
The National Course includes the following units:
- Democracy in Scotland and the UK : Scottish Parliament, Pressure Groups, Voting Systems
- Crime and Law: Causes of Crime, Policing, Prisons
- World Powers USA: Inequalities, Gun Control, Government.
- World Issues: Terrorism
The units of work in Modern Studies provide our pupils with a platform to enjoy engaging and active learning experiences. Pupils will acquire and develop skills such as analysis and evaluation of information in order to detect a lack of objectivity, making decisions and justifying conclusions and making arguments in a balanced way. In addition to this, pupils will learn the importance of strong literacy skills in all areas of their work.
The following methods are used to deliver the course:
- Active learning.
- Project work.
- Outside speakers.
- Completing surveys, collating and presenting data.
- Developing skills in interpreting information from a variety of sources.
- Class excursions
The S3 and S4 Modern Studies course is assessed in a number of ways:
- Knife Crime Newspaper Report
- Terrorism Report
- Inequalities in America project
- Unit Assessments (ongoing throughout the year)
- S3 Exam
- S4 Prelim
- National 4 Added Value Project
- National 5 Assignment.
Recording & Reporting
Pupils will maintain a Pupil Profile Folder where assessments will be filed allowing them to reflect on their learning as they progress in the Senior Phase.
Pupils will have clearly identifiable next steps to enable them to raise their attainment.
Pupil attainment will be tracked within the Faculty and support put in place where necessary.
Scottish and UK Parliament:
Crime and Law:
World Powers USA: