Higher Mordern Studies
The Higher course involves social, political and economic issues relevant to local, national and international affairs today.
This course is designed for students who gained a Grade 1 or 2 (or possibly 3) in Standard Grade Modern Studies or another Social Subject. The course is made up of three 40 hour Units and 40 hours of flexible time. The three courses are:
- Decision-making in Central Government.
- Social Issues.
- Politics of development and the USA
It is expected that students who complete the Higher course in S5 will undertake the Advanced Higher in S6.
The above courses include a variety of topics e.g. Pressure Groups, Systems of Election, the Role of the Prime Minister, the NHS, Care in the Community, Migrant Society in the USA, the changing role of NATO and the UN.
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.