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Modern Studies

National 4
Course Information
Modern Studies opens up the world of contemporary society for learners. The purpose of Modern Studies is to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of contemporary political and social issues in local, Scottish, United Kingdom and international contexts. In these contexts, learners will develop an awareness of the social and political issues they will meet in their lives. This purpose will be achieved through successful study of the four Units of the Course
 
The main aims of Modern Studies are to enable learners to develop:
  • A range of research and information handling skills
  • Straightforward understanding of the democratic process
  • Straightforward understanding of social and economic issues at local, Scottish, national and international levels and ways of addressing needs and inequalities
  • Awareness of different views about the extent of state involvement in society
  • Awareness of the nature and processes of conflict resolution
  • Understanding of human and legal rights and responsibilities and their application in different societies
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National 5
Course Information
Modern Studies opens up the world of contemporary society for learners. The purpose of Modern Studies is to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of contemporary political and social issues in local, Scottish, United Kingdom and international contexts. In these contexts, learners will develop an awareness of the social and political issues they will meet in their lives. This purpose will be achieved through successful study of the four Units of the Course
 
Through the Modern Studies Course, learners will undertake a coherent study of contemporary society with concepts and themes being revisited and built upon across Units. The Course will develop the skills to help learners interpret and participate in the social and political processes they will encounter now and in the future.
 
The main aims of Modern Studies are to enable learners to develop:
  • A range of research and information handling skills
  • Straightforward understanding of the democratic process
  • Straightforward understanding of social and economic issues at local, Scottish, national and international levels and ways of addressing needs and inequalities
  • Awareness of different views about the extent of state involvement in society
  • Awareness of the nature and processes of conflict resolution
  • Understanding of human and legal rights and responsibilities and their application in different societies
Exam Information
Component 1
  • Question paper.
  • Exam time: 1 hour 45 mins. 
The purpose of this question paper is to demonstrate application of skills and breadth of knowledge and understanding from across the Course.

Section 1: ‘Democracy in Scotland and the United Kingdom’ will have 20 marks. This Section will be made up of restricted/extended response questions requiring the learner to draw on the knowledge and understanding and apply the skills acquired during the Course.

Questions in this Section will draw on the knowledge and understanding and skills described in the further mandatory information on Course coverage. Candidates will have the option of answering questions on Democracy in Scotland or Democracy in the United Kingdom.
 
Section 2: ‘Social Issues in the United Kingdom’ will have 20 marks. This Section will be made up of restricted/extended response questions requiring the learner to draw on the knowledge and understanding and apply the skills acquired during the Course.
 
Questions in this Section will draw on the knowledge and understanding and skills
described in the further mandatory information on Course coverage. Candidates will have the option of answering questions on Social Inequality or Crime and the Law.
 
Section 3: ‘International Issues’ will have 20 marks. This Section will be made up of restricted/extended response questions requiring the learner to draw on the knowledge and understanding and apply the skills acquired during the Course.

Questions in this Section will draw on the knowledge and understanding and skills described in the further mandatory information on Course coverage. Candidates will have the option of answering questions on World Powers or World Issues. 
Higher
Course Information
Modern Studies opens up the world of contemporary society for learners. The purpose of Modern Studies is to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of contemporary political and social issues in local, Scottish, United Kingdom and international contexts. In these contexts, learners will develop an awareness of the social and political issues they will meet in their lives. This purpose will be achieved through successful study of the four Units of the Course
 
Through the Modern Studies Course, learners will undertake a coherent study of contemporary society with concepts and themes being revisited and built upon across Units. The Course will develop the skills to help learners interpret and participate in the social and political processes they will encounter now and in the future.
 
Modern Studies makes a distinctive contribution to the curriculum by drawing on the social sciences of politics, sociology and economics and where appropriate, of associated ideas drawn from other social subjects. It thereby adopts a multidisciplinary approach.
 
The main aims of Modern Studies are to enable learners to develop:
  • A range of research and information handling skills
  • Straightforward understanding of the democratic process
  • Straightforward understanding of social and economic issues at local, Scottish, national and international levels and ways of addressing needs and inequalities
  • Awareness of different views about the extent of state involvement in society
  • Awareness of the nature and processes of conflict resolution
  • Understanding of human and legal rights and responsibilities and their application in different societies
Exam Information
Component 1
  • Question paper.
  • Exam time: 2 hours 15 mins. 
The purpose of this question paper is to demonstrate application of skills and breadth of knowledge and understanding from across the three Units of the Course.

Section 1, titled ‘Democracy in Scotland and the United Kingdom’, will have 20 marks. This Section will be made up of extended response questions requiring the learner to draw on the knowledge and understanding and apply the skills acquired during the Course.

Questions will draw on the knowledge and understanding and skills described in the further mandatory information on Course coverage.
 
Section 2, titled ‘Social Issues in the United Kingdom’, will have 20 marks. This Section will be made up of extended response questions requiring the candidate to draw on the knowledge and understanding and apply the skills acquired during the Course. 

Questions will draw on the knowledge and understanding and skills described in the further mandatory information on Course coverage.
 
Section 3, titled ‘International Issues’, will have 20 marks. This Section will be made up of extended response questions requiring the candidate to draw on the knowledge and understanding and apply the skills acquired during the Course.

Questions will draw on the knowledge and understanding and skills described in the further mandatory information on Course coverage.
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