Principal Teacher Curriculum (Social Studies): Miss J. Young
Mrs. M. McCafferty
Mr. D. Lundberg
WHY CHOOSE HISTORY? – You should choose to study History if you want to learn about how and why the world and its peoples came to be today. Studying History will also provide students with the skills employers are looking for – the ability to ask questions and think independently as well as critically analysing information, weighing up evidence and structured writing.
Aims of Course:
This course aims to
to help build a picture of the past and to understand what has shaped the world we live in today.
to help understand the ideas and beliefs of people in other places and times
to develop the ability to look at evidence from all points of view and come to a balanced conclusion
to provide an experience which will be interesting and enjoyable and lay the foundations for skills to be further developed in the Senior Phase
Content of Course:
Scottish History: The Clearances 1745 – 1840s. This topic looks at the Jacobite Rebellion and the after effects of the Battle of Culloden; changes to Scottish clan system and the Highland way of life leading to the Clearances and people being forced out of their homes.
British History: The Great War 1914 – 1918. This topic looks at what caused the First World War; what it was like to be a soldier fighting on the Western Front; what it was like for people living in Britain during the war; how the War ended and peace was made.
European and World History: Hitler and Nazi Germany 1919 – 1939. This topic looks at Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany ; how the Nazis came to power between 1929 and 1933; how the Nazis controlled Germany ; what it was like to live in Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1939
Future Progression Routes in Subject
Studying this course will allow students to:
Historical Study: Scottish
Immigrants and Exiles – The experience of those who came to Scotland and those who had to leave. Students will develop techniques to comment on historical sources. Events and themes of Scottish history will be studied. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of an era of historical study.
Historical Study: British
Cradle to the Grave – The foundations of current society. Students will develop techniques to comment on the impact of a historical development. Events and themes of British history will be studied. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of an era of historical study.
Historical Study: European and World
The Rise of Hitler – Learners will develop techniques to comment on the factors contributing towards a historical development. Events and themes of European and world history will be studied. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of an era of historical study.
Added Value Unit – Students will be able to choose a topic for personal study drawn from the Scottish, British or European and world contexts. They will research their chosen topic and communicate their findings. Through this activity they will have opportunities to demonstrate greater depth or extension of historical knowledge, understanding and skills as they draw on and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in the other units of the course.
Students must pass all of the units including the Added Value Unit.
National 4 courses are not graded.
Section 1: Historical Study: Scottish – Part D: Migration and Empire, 1830 – 1939
- Immigration to Scotland , experience of immigrants to Scotland , Scottish emigration, and the experience of Scots abroad.
Section 2: Historical Study: British – Part E: The Making of Modern Britain , 1880 – 1951
- Divided Society: poverty, housing; politics
- Liberal Reforms 1906 – 14
- Social Impact of World War II in Britain
- Labour Reforms: the Welfare State 1945 - 51
Section 3: Historical Study: European and World –Part H: Appeasement and the Road to War, 1918 – 1939
- Paris Peace Treaties and the League of Nations , Nazi foreign policy, British and French Appeasement and the final steps to war.
Assignment – Students will choose an appropriate historical topic or question based on what they have learned in class. They must collect relevant evidence from at least two sources of information. Students must then organise and use the information collected to address the historical theme or question, explaining and analysing the cause and/or impact of the historical topic or question, identify different perspectives and structure their answer with a reasoned conclusion supported by evidence from at least two relevant historical sources.
Students must pass all of the internally assessed units as well as the Course assessment.
The purpose of this course is to provide breadth and depth in the knowledge and understanding of historical concepts, through study of chosen contexts. It is also intended to develop skills of evaluating events and sources of investigating issues.
Historical Study: Scottish & British (40 hours)
Option C : Later Modern History - Britain 1850s - 1979
A study of political and popular attempts to influence the development of Britain This includes:
The Growing Power of the People (authority)
The growth of democracy
The development of women's suffrage
Changing Attitudes to Poverty (ideology)
The Liberal Welfare Reforms 1906 - 1914
The setting up of the Welfare State
Historical Study: European and World (40 hours)
Option C: Later Modern History - The growth of Nationalism
A study of ideology, identity and authority in Western Europe from 1815 - 1939 as shown through nationalism in Germany.Including :
The Unification of Germany
The Weimar Republic
The Rise of the Nazis
The Nazi State
Historical Special Topic (40 hours)
Appeasement and Road to War to 1939
In this unit pupils study :The impact of the Great War on the Great Powers
The failure of the League of Nations
German foreign policy and rearmament
The failure of appeasement
The German re-occupation of the Rhineland
The Spanish Civil War
The Auschluss with Austria
The Czechoslovakian Crisis and the Munich agreement
The invasion of Poland
Throughout the course, you will develop important skills including the ability to analyse historical developments and events. You will build on the skills learned at Standard Grade, such as the evaluating of sources and placing them within an historical context. Knowledge and understanding of the topics covered is vital for all assessments. Essay writing skills will be developed and practised in class.
Pupils' work includes individual tasks group work and pair tasks. Pupils will require to present information from researched topic areas of the class.
Pupils must achieve all the learning outcomes to pass the internal assessment.
There is one assessment for each unit. The Learning Outcomes must be achieved for a pupil to gain an overall award in the course.
Pupils are required to undertake an extended essay. Pupils are given preparation time in class - 2 hours under examination conditions is given for the extended essay. This is undertaken in March and submitted to SQA for external marking.
The final exam comprises of 2 papers:
Paper 11 hour 20 minutes
Paper 21 hour 25 minutes