Modern Studies – Scottish Higher
New material by Peace Education Scotland relevant to the Modern Studies Higher exam will be presented to the Modern Studies Association (MSA) which is holding its 2020 Annual Conference online in November.
Our ‘Objectivity Questions’ presentation can be downloaded free from this website as a Powerpoint and PDF and considers the objectivity question from Paper 2 of 2019.
New for 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has raised financial, moral and ethical questions about spending on nuclear weapons versus spending on our health service. Peace Education Scotland have provided an information sheet for teachers and home educators which aims to summarise some of these issues, together with some practical considerations such as “social distancing” on a nuclear-armed submarine. It includes sample questions, curriculum links and references. Download it here:
New for 2019 – two very topical modules – the first on the Environment and Nuclear Winter examines the effects on the climate and human survival after a regional nuclear conflict, while the second investigates the moral, ethical and legal arguments surrounding the possession and use of Nuclear Weapons. Both modules, and accompanying Powerpoint presentation are downloadable for free below:
“Nuclear Weapons: Yes or No” is aimed at late primary to early secondary school pupils. The four units are: The Nuclear Weapons Debate, Nuclear Explosions, Trident and Pressure Groups. Each unit is based around a core booklet, while video and further challenges can be selected at the teacher’s discretion to add depth and width to the core booklet’s topic.
The booklets can be downloaded as PDF files here:
(Free software such as Adobe PDF reader, Foxit Reader and Apple’s ‘Preview’ can be used to open PDF files on all platforms: PC/Mac/Linux or mobile devices. The pack PDFs are designed to be accessible to those who use screen readers or text-to-speech software)
The units can be used individually or in any combination and are cross curricular. Each unit has the same structure based around a core booklet:
- Video introduction
- Further challenges
- References to further information
Scottish CND have tried to be as objective and balanced as possible; with the underlying principle that young people should be encouraged to have knowledgeable debates and opinions about nuclear weapons. Throughout the resource there is an emphasis on and opportunities for the pupils to develop their thinking skills.