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Humanities

 

Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities includes History, Geography,

Modern Studies and R.E.Faculty Head - Mr T Donnelly

Geography


S1/2
 
In S1 and S2, pupils studying Geography are working at Level 3 CfE. They will study a range of topics covering both the human and physical environment. In S1 pupils learn about:
 
  • Trade and Interdependence
  • Weather and Cyclones
  • Settlement
  • Changes along the Clyde
  • Map Skills
 
Through the varied teaching and learning strategies applied in Geography, pupils studying these topics will:
 
  • Compare the social and economic differences between more and less economically developed countries and can discuss the possibilities for reducing these differences.
  • Investigate the relationship between climate and weather to be able to understand the causes of weather patterns within a selected climate zone.
  • Compare settlement and economic activity in two contrasting landscapes and can reach conclusions about how landscapes influence human activity.
  • Can reach conclusions about how landscapes influence human activity.
  • Can use a range of maps and geographical information systems to gather, interpret and present conclusions and can locate a range of features within Scotland, UK, Europe and the wider world. 
 
In S2 pupils learn about:
 
  • Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Global Warming
  • Cold Areas in the World
 
Through studying these topics, pupils can:
 
  • Investigate processes which form and shape landscapes and can explain their impact on selected landscapes in Scotland.
  • Identify the possible consequences of an environmental issue and make informed suggestions about ways to manage the impact.
  • Investigate the relationship between climate and weather to be able to understand the causes of weather patterns within a selected climate zone.
  • Investigate the climate, physical features and living things of a natural environment different from my own and explain their interrelationship
 
Through the various educational trips that are organised by the Geography department, in line the Curriculum for Excellence Through Outdoor Learning, pupils are able to enjoy first hand experiences of the topics that they study in S1 and S2. Annual trips to the following places are organised:
 
  • Whitelee Wind Farm
  • New Lanark
  • Dynamic Earth
 
The Standard Grade Geography Course
 
In the 21st century, it is important that pupils have a clear awareness of the world they live in – the people and the places. Geography is the study of people and places…what the earth is like and how people use the earth – in good ways and in less suitable ways that can harm the planet we live on. The concept of ‘spaceship earth’ underpins much of the course – the idea that everything we need has to come from the planet that we live on. 
 
The Standard Grade Geography course is a skill based course – as a department, we place emphasis on how students learn as well as what they learn. This means the students develop transferable skills – useful in other subjects and recognised in the workplace. 
 
Geography is the only social subject that is recognised by colleges and universities as both a social subject (art) and a science. This is because of the mixture of human and physical topics that are studied.
 
In S3 and S4 pupils can also participate in the various trips that are organised and designed to develop pupil understanding. These include:
 
  • Loch Lomond
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Farm Visit
  • River Study
  • Iceland (international trip)
 
The Higher Geography Course
 
Again, focus in S5 and S6 is split between both Human and Physical topics, where pupils can develop a more detailed understanding of topics through progression of the subject from Standard Grade. Topics are varied and interesting allowing pupils to understand fully the world in which they live. The skills and knowledge that are acquired during Higher Geography will help them in further education.
 
Intermediate 1 and 2
 
Intermediate 1 and 2 Geography is also offered by the department as a stepping stone between Standard Grade and Higher. Pupils study a variety of topics and subjects that will help them build on their existing knowledge as well as lots of new information and skills.

 

Modern Studies

 

Modern Studies teaches students about the social, economic and political questions which Britain and the world face today.

 

Courses are provided from S1 to S6. We present candidates for SQA certification at Standard Grade, Higher Still Intermediate 2, Higher and Adavanced Higher.

   

For more detail on Modern Studies in Shawlands Academy  http://www.modernstudies.co.uk

Useful Weblinks for Geography

 

 

Revision Bitesize Standard Grade

http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/bitesize/standard/geography/

 

Revision Bitesize Higher Grade    http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/bitesize/higher/geography/

 

Ordnance Survey      http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/

 

Geography Resources     http://www.georesources.co.uk/

 

Highland Virtual Learning Community        Geography Resources

 

Useful Weblinks for History

 

Revision Bitesize Standard Grade      http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/bitesize/standard/history/

 

Revision Bitesize Higher Grade      http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/bitesize/higher/history/index.shtml

 

Guardian Unlimited      http://www.guardiancentury.co.uk/

 

BBC Scotish Education - History      http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/int/index.shtml?history

 

Leicestershire County Council weblinks   http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/community/libraries/library_services/lse/lse_website_recommendations/lse_history_links.htm#irev

 

 

 

Revision Bitesize Standard Grade     http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/bitesize/standard/modern/

Revision Bitesize Higher Grade      http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/bitesize/higher/modern/index.shtml

Explore Parliament         http://www.explore.parliament.uk

 

More Useful Weblinks for Modern Studies