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Course Information

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S1/2 Modern Studies


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S3 Modern Studies

What can learning in Modern Studies achieve for young people?

How is the Modern Studies framework structured?

The Modern Studies Course

What are the features of effective learning and teaching in Modern Studies?

How do we build on prior learning?

-  observing, describing and recording

-  comparing and contrasting information and drawing conclusions based on this

-  problem solving skills

-  interacting with others and being able to work collaboratively with - a range of people

-  planning and reviewing investigating strategies

-  discussion and debating skills

-  being able to construct and interpret different types of graphs

-  presentation skills

What are the broad features of assessment in Modern Studies

-  teacher observation

-  pupil self evaluation

-  peer evaluation

-  presentations to the class

-  discussions

-  debates

Connections with other areas of the curriculum

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S4/5/6 Modern Studies



Higher: Modern Studies





The purpose of this course is to develop knowledge and understanding of political, social and international issues and to promote the development of the critical skills of analysis, synthesis, evaluating and decision making. 



Recommended Entry


Students would normally be expected to have attained:



Course Details


The course comprises three units.


1. Political Issues in the United Kingdom (H)

Students will study two of four study themes:

Study Theme 1B: Decision Making in Central Government.

Study Theme 1D: Electoral Systems, Voting and Political Attitudes.



2. Social Issues in the United Kingdom (H)

Students will study one theme:

Study Theme 2: Wealth and Health Inequalities in the United Kingdom.

The skills of decision making will be incorporated in this unit. 



3. International Issues (H)

Students will study two of six study themes:

Study Theme 3C:  The United States of America.

Study Theme 3E:  The Politics of Development in Africa.





Students who are successful in the Higher course could progress to: