S1-3 Modern Studies

Modern Studies is one of the social subjects that you will study in Kelso High School.

Through the Social Subjects you will develop your understanding of the world by learning about people in different times, places and circumstances.

In S1-S3, all pupils will receive 1 period of Modern Studies per week.

Topics covered in:

S1
Modern Studies

S2
Modern Studies

S3
Modern Studies

  • Democracy and Dictatorship
  • Representation and Participation
  • Different types of governments
  • Racism & Sexism
  • Need – Disability
  • Poverty – Health & Wealth
  • Human Rights
  • Pressure Groups
  • Developing Countries
  • Conflict & Peacekeeping

The above will be taught through a range of activities.  For example:

  • Discussion and debate of issues covered in class
  • Carrying out surveys and presenting findings
  • Research using a range of sources
  • Using role play and music to get ideas across
  • Use of ICT eg. interactive games on websites

In order to check your understanding, questioning and mini-quizzes will happen a lot!  In addition, all your written work will be marked and you will told how well you have done and what you could do to improve.  There will also be written tests on a regular basis.

Homework will be given out regularly and could consist of a variety of tasks – for example – carrying out a survey, researching information on a topic, revising for a test or a piece of written work

Working from Home - in the event of school closure or personal prolonged absence from school pupils should  engage in project work for the topic currently under consideration in class. They should use TV news and/or documentaries, newspapers, reference books and the internet to create a spider diagram or A4 sheet of notes to bring and use on return to class.

e.g.  S3 An introduction to China today  -www.chinatoday.com/,  www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/asia/china/, news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4300000/newsid_4306100/4306103.stm,  www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/an-introduction-to-china-and-the-chinese-language/1320.html, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Party_of_China, AIUK : China and East Asia - Amnesty International www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=10498

S2 Terrorism - www.bbc.co.uk/news/,     www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/,   www.scotsman.com/,    www.thesun.co.uk/,   www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/,  http://terrorismtoday.org/,  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks, news.stv.tv/scotland/210556-two-scottish-hostages-feared-dead-in-algerian-terrorist-attack/

S1 Democracy / Campaigning - Politics news, UK political features, views and analysis - politics.co.uk www.politics.co.uk/,  BBC News - Will UK politicians read too much into how Obama won?www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20235275, Voting www.parliament.uk/documents/education/docs/voting/voting-lesson-plans.pdf,  General elections - UK Parliament www.parliament.uk/education/online-resources/parliament-explained/general-elections/  ,  www.mockelections.co.uk, Play Race Against Chime - United Kingdom Parliament www.parliament.uk/education/online-resources/games/raceagainstchime/