Madras College

S1 Social Subjects

Overview

A dynamic, complex and exciting course which helps pupils better understand their environment and the world they live in.

Course Content

Local – Fife

Geography
Physical geography of the local area is taught to help pupils understand our dynamic landscapes and environment. Pupils will investigate local geomorphological characteristics such as volcanic remnants, river features and coastal feature found along the East Neuk. They will also learn about the processes that created them, their location and significance today.

History
The focus is St Andrews, how the town grew in significance and its importance as a religious and education centre of excellence throughout history. Pupils will also explore the Reformation and the impact it has on St Andrews and its citizens.

Modern Studies
Pupils will learn about pressure groups and their importance in modern democratic societies as they can influence political decisions. Pupils will learn what they are, how they work and how they attempt to influence political decisions.

National – Scotland

Geography
Focus will be on the Cairngorms Natonal Park and covers both physical and human geography. Pupils will enhance their understanding of glaciated features, the processes that shaped them and how they impact the landscape. Pupils will investigate the natural environment and the pressures they face and how to resolve and mitigate against these.  In addition, pupils will understand the place and communities within the Park and their interconnectedness.

History
Pupils will explore the issues that surround the Wars of Independence (1296 – 1346). We will follow key figures in Scottish history, Robert the Bruce, William Wallace and John Balliol.  In addition, the military campaigns are studied and their struggle to develop a new Scottish identity, freedom and its significance today.

Modern Studies
Pupils will advance their understanding of the principles of democracy and citizenship through experience of elections. Pupils will develop an understanding of the importance of participation, how elections work and they themselves will participate in their own class election.

International – African Continent

Geography
Pupils will study the continent of Africa and the contrast that exist within it. The course introduces pupils to the huge variation in geography that exists within Africa.  Pupils will look at the scale and diversity of Africa exploring climates, environments, landscapes, populations and cultures that exist within 53 countries.  The main focus will be contrasting Sudan and Ghana.

History
Pupils learn about the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the system, the effects on trade in Scotland, Europe and beyond. Pupils will investigate the lives of slave, their resilience and fight for freedom and how it came to be abolished. The course also explores modern day slavery.

Modern Studies
Pupils will explore disparities in wealth between African nations, by analysing interpreting development indicators.  This will enhance their understanding and challenge their misconceptions and investigate the reasons for such disparities.  Pupils will then focus on the child soldiers and labour, the impact it has and the role of organisations such as UN and non-governmental organisation have in rehabilitating and strategies to mitigate against these issues.