Social Studies (Humanities)

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Broad General Education

Modern Studies enables learners to have a greater understanding of the principles and practice of democracy and their role as citizens, whilst encouraging learners to question and consider their own values and beliefs.

In S1 Modern Studies is part of the integrated Social Studies course where political literacy is explored through a variety of learning experiences including looking at the impact of immigration, rights and responsibilities of citizens in Scotland and the work of the Scottish Parliament.

In S2 and S3 Modern Studies is taught as a discreet subject and topics covered include China, Terrorism and Conflict studies, UK democracy  and a study of pressure group action, a study of the needs of the Elderly including fieldwork in the local area and poverty and aid abroad.

In 2013 all pupils in the school were able to participate in the Aberdeenshire Schools Independence Referendum in order to enrich their learning and political literacy. In May 2015 all BGE pupils participated in a school mock election organised by S3 Modern studies classes.

Senior Phase

From S4 learners can follow the National 4/ 5 Modern Studies course.  Topics covered include Democracy within Scotland, the causes and consequences of crime in Scotland and the USA as a world power.

The Higher course covers the following topics: Democracy in Scotland and the UK- election systems, voting behaviour, the role of Government and Parliament and the UK political context. Social Issues in the UK – with a focus on social inequality and International issues – a contemporary world issue eg terrorism and conflict.

In AH learners will study Law and Order and examine the effectiveness of the Scottish justice system, establishing the causes of crime and then analysing attempts to reduce crime.  Learners have to complete a dissertation.  Visits to HMP Grampian and the Scottish Parliament are key aspects of this course.

Senior Phase learners can access online support fromModernityn4n5  and ModernityScotland for H/AH pupils. Usernames and passwords are provided and annually updated.

For those learners on Twitter @mods_mackie provides regular subject related links and updates to encourage learners to update and expand their knowledge of relevant current affairs.

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