S1/2 Modern Studies
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S3 Modern Studies
What can learning in Modern Studies achieve for young people?
- you will gain an appreciation of the principles of democracy and citizenship
- you will be encouraged to engage in activities that promote enterprising attitudes
- you will be given the foundations to allow you to continue studying Modern Studies and perhaps make a career in the subject
How is the Modern Studies framework structured?
- Modern Studies is divided into level 3 and level 4 Experiences and Outcomes
- Level 3 outcomes, which are mostly taught in S3, will give scope for a broad general education where teachers are at liberty to explore anything that comes up in the subject that adds interest and relevance to the subject
The Modern Studies Course
- You will gain a knowledge of politics and democracy at a local, national and international level
- You will understand the principles of Representation and Voting and their importance in today’s society
- You will learn how to effectively participate in society by understanding pressure groups, the role of the media and the processes of elections
- You will gain an insight into the mechanics of local government, the reasons why councils reach the decisions that they do and how local government affects people in their daily lives
- You will be able to describe society’s needs and discuss how the government meets the needs of, for example, the elderly, the unemployed and families
- You will gain an understanding of the Rights and Responsibilities of groups, eg, trade unions and the individual
- You will examine inequality in society using Scotland and America/China as examples
- You will study the political systems of China/America and the rights the citizens enjoy
- You will investigate the poverty in Africa, identify the causes and describe possible solutions through International Agencies, eg, The UN
- You will understand the role of Alliances, eg, how the UN preserves world security and the role of the EU in serving its members
What are the features of effective learning and teaching in Modern Studies?
- teaching and learning will be flexible to allow for enjoyment, interest and enthusiasm
- teaching will include a variety of approaches, including AifL techniques, ICT, relevancy, collaborative and independent learning, discussion, debate, cross curricular experiences and external contributors.
How do we build on prior learning?
- pupils will arrive in Modern Studies with a range of skills already learned
- in Modern Studies these skills will be further developed, refined and enhanced
- these skill will include:
- 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
- as the pupil progresses through school these skills will be used by them in increasingly more complex contexts
What are the broad features of assessment in Modern Studies
- assessment will be a combination of summative (end of unit tests) and formative (informal) assessment.
- summative assessments play a vital role in placing pupils in national 4 and/or National 5 classes in S4
- formative assessments will include:
- teacher observation
- pupil self evaluation
- peer evaluation
- presentations to the class
Connections with other areas of the curriculum
- literacy, numeracy and health and well being are central to the teaching and understanding of Modern Studies this allows scope for working with English, Maths, PE, Home Economics as well as with Geography and History
- presentations in the form of power points will link Modern Studies closely to the ICT department
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.
Students would normally be expected to have attained:
- A grade 1 or 2 at Standard Grade in Modern Studies or another social subject.
- The Intermediate 2 course in Modern Studies.
- A course at Intermediate 2 or Higher in another social subject.
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:
- Advanced Higher Modern Studies or to a Higher course in another social subject.
- Alternatively, students may progress to HNC or HND awards or use the Higher qualification for general entrance to university or to particular degree courses in social sciences such as Politics, Sociology and International Relations or in Public Administration.
- Students may also progress to employment in local government or social science related work.