Advanced Higher Modern Studies
The Higher course involves social, political and economic issues relevant to local, national and international affairs today.
MODERN STUDIES: ADVANCED HIGHER
The Advanced Higher Modern Studies course allows students to build on the skills they have learned in Higher Modern Studies. It gives them the opportunity to study in depth a vital and interesting area of Modern Studies and encourages the student to openly debate, discuss and evaluate many different viewpoints.
In this course they will study Unit 2 (Law and Order). These units will incorporate research methods such as media analysis, in-depth interviewing and use of official statistics. Thirty percent of their final grade will come from their dissertation. This is an excellent chance for the student to research and study in depth a topic of their choice. The finished dissertation will be 5,000 words in length.
The skills of knowledge, understanding and evaluation will be developed through textbooks, worksheets, video and audiotapes, discussion, display, presentation and past papers. The skill of essay writing will also be looked at in detail.
Homework will be set regularly and will include reading, questions, essays and preparation for class presentations. Students will also be expected to research issues and current affairs by reading a quality daily newspaper. At Advanced Higher level they will be expected to put their research methods into practice.
Students will be regularly assessed through class tests, set essay questions and a prelim in term 2. Students also have to pass the three end of Unit tests. These tests must be passed in order to sit the final external exam in the summer term.