Faculty of Humanities

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S2 Modern Studies

S2 Modern Studies: One 6 week block/ One 4 week block


  • Facts about China
  • Flag
  • Government
  • Political rights
  • Human rights
  • Media
  • One Chid Policy
  • Social & economic inequalities

Unreported World

  • The media in the UK
  • LGBT in Jamaica
  • Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe
  • Group investigation into an issue of their choice

In the class room

The focus is very much on active learning. Pupils will follow the course through a comprehensive set of PowerPoints with a wide variety of active tasks. Tasks include the use of priority pyramids, card sorts, pictures, maps, card diamonds, library research visit, short video clips and written answers. Pupils are given a Skills and Homework booklet, outlining how to structure answers and possible homework questions for teachers to set as appropriate. Pupils are also given a Learning Log which outlines success criteria for specific assessed pieces and gives pupils a chance to evaluate their learning and set targets for the future. Pupils will also develop their Literacy, Numeracy, Health and Wellbeing throughout the S2 courses through a variety of tasks, peered work and group investigations.

World of work

Pupils will learn literacy and numeracy skills. They will learn how to select information and present arguments. Pupils will be encouraged to think critically and question evidence, determining if statements show bias and exaggeration. Jobs where Modern Studies would be useful include: academic, librarian, the police, journalist, solicitor, researcher, social worker, teacher, government work.