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Modern Studies

Course Level:  National 4

Modern Studies opens up the world of contemporary society for learners. It adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to develop knowledge and understanding of Scottish, UK and International issues and develop many key skills.

The Modern Studies course consists of 4 units:

Social Issues in the UK – Crime and the Law

Pupils will study causes and consequences of crime in Scotland and the UK and our response as a society to tackle these. They will also develop skills in giving reasons to support a decision. Pupils will investigate independently, as well as classroom based individual and group work tasks.

Democracy in Scotland

In this unit, pupils will develop skills by using sources of information in order to detect and explain examples of bias and exaggeration. They will study Scotland’s place in the UK and the main institutions and influences in Scottish political life.

International Issues – The USA

In this Unit, pupils will develop skills by using sources of information in order to draw and give straightforward support for conclusions. We will focus on the USA as a major world power and will look at its political institutions and examine socio-economic issues. This unit in particular will build upon S3 work, however it is possible to study this unit without having chosen it as an option in S3.

Added Value Unit - Assignment

Pupils will have the chance to undertake an assignment from a range of options. This will take the form of a supported investigation into a topic of the pupil’s choice.

Course Level:  National 5

Modern Studies opens up the world of contemporary society for learners. It adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to develop knowledge and understanding of Scottish, UK and International issues and develop many key skills.

The Modern Studies course consists of 3 units:

Social Issues in the UK

As National 4 above, however pupils will develop knowledge and understanding in  greater depth and will develop more complex skills in providing arguments and evidence to support decisions.

Democracy in Scotland

As National 4 above, however pupils will develop knowledge and understanding in greater depth and will develop more complex skills in detecting selective use of facts.

International Issues – The USA

As National 4 above, however pupils will develop knowledge and understanding in greater depth and will develop more complex skills in coming to conclusions.

Added Value at National 5

In addition to undertaking an investigation assignment, pupils will be assessed on the skills they have built over the course in the exam.

Further information can be obtained from:

www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/45629.html