Welcome to the The Modern Studies Department

Modern Studies is the study of local, national and international issues from a social, political and economic perspective. Pupils will examine current issues and evaluate their impact and relevance in society today.

The skills developed through the study of Modern Studies:
• Organising and planning; processing information; selecting evidence
• Comparing opinions; forming opinions; informing opinions
• Decision making and problem solving
• Source analysis
• Individual work; paired work; teamwork
• Extended writing

Courses offered:

In S1 pupils will be taught Modern Studies as part of their Social Subjects class. In S2 they will then receive Modern Studies one period per week. At the end of S2 pupils will have the opportunity to select Modern Studies as an option choice for S3 if they wish to take the subject forward


 With the BGE courses upils will develop skills that will enable them to access the courses in the Senior Phase.


• National 4 and National 5
• Higher

Description of each course:

S1 Modern Studies:

• What is Modern Studies?
• Citizenship Today
• Introduction to Enquiry Skills

S2 Modern Studies:

• An Unequal World
• Conflict

S3 Modern Studies:

• China
• Pressure Groups
• Child Soldiers
• Exam Skills

National 4/5 Modern Studies:

• Democracy in Scotland
• Crime and Law
• Terrorism

Higher Modern Studies:

• Democracy in the UK
• Social Inequalities
• South Africa