Modern Studies is an exciting, relevant and constantly evolving subject. It prepares them to play an active role in contemporary society by developing a political literacy that will inform decision making. It aims to empower students to take control of their own lives and make a difference.
Modern Studies supports the raising of standards in core skills such as literacy and numeracy. A wide range of global, national and local sources are used and analysed, not least the interrogation of mass media outlets such as newspapers, TV and Radio. Crucial enquiry techniques such as internet research, letter writing, the construction and analysis of attitude surveys, questionnaires and interviews are other key skills that are developed.
“Modern Studies is an exciting subject which provides an excellent overview of the main political institutions and processes in the UK. In today’s ever changing and complex world it provides the analytical tools to hold those in power to account and understand the institutions which shape our lives.”
Calum McKay, Journalist
Modern Studies is available at all levels with in the school and the following topics are taught:
S1and S2: Modern Studies is taught in the Social Studies course
S3 Modern Studies:
In S3 Modern Studies, pupils study the following topics:
- The Peoples’ Republic of China
- Inequalities in the UK
- Pressure Groups and Trade Unions
- The Mass Media
S3 pupils are given homework every 2 weeks, they will have 2 research projects to complete at home.
National 4/5 Modern Studies:
In National 4/5 Modern Studies, pupils study the following topics:
- Democracy in Scotland
- Crime and the Law
- The USA or Terrorism
National 4/5 pupils will be given homework on a weekly basis, this will usually consist of practicing National 5 questions. Pupils will also be required to carry out research for their assignment (this will be completed in November)
Higher Modern Studies
In Higher Modern Studies, pupils study the following topics:
- The USA or Global Security
- Health and Wealth in the UK
- Decision Making in Central Government or Decision Making in Scotland.
Higher pupils will be given homework on a weekly basis, this will consist of essays or source based skills questions. Pupils will also be required to complete research assignments at home (after the Prelim). These assignments are worth 30% of their overall mark and will replace the normal homework schedule for around a month.
Higher Bitesize - http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/higher/modern/
N4/5 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zxsnb9q