Mr Mike O’Brien, Principal Teacher
Miss Samantha MacDonell
History, Why History?
The purpose of the Course is to open up the world of the past for learners. History provides an insight into the lives, society and the wider world in which people lived. By examining the past, learners can better understand their own communities, their country and the wider world. Through an understanding of the concept of continuity, they can better appreciate change and its significance, both in their own times and in the past. History contributes to general education and the wider curriculum. It will help develop informed and active citizens by helping learners gain a greater understanding of political and social institutions and processes. Learners will develop skills which are transferable to other areas of study and which they will use in everyday life.
The skills and content developed in History prepare pupils for future careers as lawyers, reporters, archivist, librarian, historians, archaeologists, etc.
The course is made up of three units: Scottish History: Migration and empire, 1830–1939, British History: The Atlantic Slave Trade, 1770–1807 and World History: Free at last? 1918-1968
In the Scottish History Unit students will study of the causes and results of the movement of population into and away from Scotland during the period 1830s to 1930s, focusing on issues of identity and community and on the experiences of migrants in their new countries or communities. The Unit on British History covers the British Atlantic slave trade in the late eighteenth century, changing attitudes towards it in Britain and the pressures that led to its abolition, illustrating the themes of rights, exploitation and culture. Finally the World History Unit covers Civil Rights in the USA, 1918–1968 which is the study of the development of race relations in the USA during the years 1918–68, illustrating themes of ideas, identity and power.
Entry requirement – none.
The Higher History Course is made up of the following units:
1) Scottish History – The Impact of the Great War on Scotland 1914-1928: A study of conflict, its political, social, economic and cultural effects, illustrating the themes of conflict, change and identity.
2) Later Modern History – Britain 1851-1951: A study of the development of the United Kingdom into a modern democracy and the development of the role of the state in the welfare of its citizens, illustrating the themes of authority, ideology and rights.
3) Later Modern History – Appeasement and the Road to War, to 1939: A study of Fascist and British foreign policy after 1933 and the reactions of the democratic powers to it, the development of the policy of appeasement, its failure and the outbreak of war in Europe in 1939, illustrating the themes of ideology, conflict and diplomacy.
Each student will also produce an Extended Essay on an issue studied in any Unit in the Higher Course. With the aid of a 200 word plan of his/her own devising, the student will write up the Extended Essay in a single continuous period of up to two hours and under exam conditions.
Entry recommendation – A/B at National 5.
Home learning activities are an important part of all courses.