Modern Studies

Modern Studies develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of contemporary political and social issues in local, national and international contexts.

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Through the study of this subject, pupils learn vital skills that allow them to interpret and participate in social and political processes throughout their lives.

What we study in Modern Studies

Modern Studies draws on the social sciences of politics, sociology and economics, and therefore adopts a multi-disciplinary approach.

From S1, the girls will learn how to engage as active and informed members of society, and contribute positively as local and global citizens. We teach them about the complexity and changing nature of modern society and government, the democratic process and various social and economic issues at local, Scottish, national and international levels.

In S3 and S4, pupils work towards their National 5 qualification. This helps to provide a very secure platform for pupils to progress to Higher and Advanced Higher. In these, we have had a 100% pass rate since 2007 with most pupils achieving an A grade.

Beyond the classroom

Modern Studies runs the Politics and Citizenship Society, which carries out a number of broader initiatives such as organising guest speakers who have included Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Tom Harris MP and senior BBC journalists Douglas Fraser and Ken MacDonald. The group also conducts whole school mock elections, and supports the school’s sponsored child through the World Vision programme.

The Modern Studies Department also arranges and takes part in a number of field trips including visits to the Scottish Parliament and other places of broad educational significance, such as Glasgow City Chambers and – for senior pupils - the Global Citizens Conference.

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