Pupils’ Experiences

Geography

Geographers are environmental problem solvers. They are being called upon to use their skills to address some of the most pressing environmental issues facing our planet. If you have ever wanted to work on environmental issues such as global warming, urban sprawl, resource conservation, or environmental justice, you should study geography.

1 It prepares you to confidently enter the workforce.
Geography has a major role to play in framing and answering key environmental, economic, social and political questions. As a diverse subject, it allows students to obtain a range of learning experiences and skills, which make geography graduates highly attractive to a wide range of future employers. Many professionals use the skills practiced in geography: urban and regional planners, resource managers, attorneys, legislators, business and political leaders, architects, marketing consultants and engineers.

2 Geography is a diverse, broad field that encompasses a wide range of knowledge.
Geography is a broad flexible subject, which may be classified as an art, science or social science. Geography, as a discipline, is as diverse as the problems facing our planet. From saving a forest to planning a downtown development project, geographers are there.

3 Studying Geography promotes environmental literacy.
It is widely agreed that education is the most effective means that society possesses for confronting the challenges of the future. In order to address the environmental challenges society is currently faced with, people are needed who can think broadly and understand the systems, connections, and patterns of the physical and cultural world. We desperately need people equipped with the analytical skills necessary to rebuild neighbourhoods, towns, and communities.

4 Studying Geography is FUN!!
Studying Geography can take you to distant lands and cultures. You can learn about different peoples and places. You can develop the skills that will help you recognize and make sense of the patterns, distributions, and interactions between living things and their environment. Geographers often travel and study places by experiencing them first-hand. They have the opportunity to use cutting edge technology to study the landscapes and patterns that define who we are and what we do.

You Need to Study More Geography If You Think…

The Neilston Pad is used for writing on.

Borrheid was a weapon used by early settlers in the Levern valley.

Newton Mearns is a Glasgow peripheral housing scheme.

The Indian Ocean is a curry house on the main street of Barrhead.

The Balkans are an alien people on Star Trek

The Tropic of Cancer is a sunscreen lotion

The Gaza Strip is a Middle Eastern folk dance

The Bermuda Triangle is a percussion instrument in a reggae band

The International Dateline is a new digital TV network

The Continental Shelf is a specialty section of the supermarket

An archipelago is a food stabilizer

The Dust Bowl is Granny’s old favourite dish

A fault is what you find in other people

A fjord is a Norwegian car

A mantle is what goes over your fireplace

You can do a research paper to find out who killed the Dead Sea Scrolls

S1

  • Mapping and Landuse
  • Weather and Tourism

S2

  • Earth Forces
  • Rainforests

National 4 Geography

This Course has 4 mandatory Units.  Each of the component Units of the Course is designed to provide progression to the corresponding Unit at National 5.

Geography: Physical Environments

Geography: Human Environments

Geography: Global Issues

Geography: Added Value

 

National 5 Geography

This Course has three mandatory Units. Within each Unit there is a considerable degree of flexibility in contexts which can be studied to allow personalisation and choice.

Geography: Physical Environments

Geography: Human Environments

Geography: Global Issues

Course Assessment:   Component 1 – Question Paper (75% of overall grade)

Component 2 – Assignment (25% of overall grade)

HIGHER

 Human Environments          Population

                                                        Rural

                                                        Urban

                                                        Industry

Physical Environment          Hydrosphere

                                                        Lithosphere

                                                        Biosphere

                                                        Atmosphere

Environmental Interactions                        Rural Land resources

                                                                                 Development and Health

ADVANCED HIGHER

 

Unit 1                       Geographical methods and techniques

Unit 2                       Local Study

Unit 3                       Critical Evaluation

History

The study of history is vital to a liberal arts education.  History is unique among the liberal arts in its emphasis on historical perspective and context. Historians insist that the past must be understood on its own terms; any historical phenomenon–an event, an idea, a law, or a dogma for example–must first be understood in its context, as part of a web of interrelated institutions, values, and beliefs that define a particular culture and era.  Virtually every subject has a history and can be analysed and interpreted in historical perspective and context; the scope of historical inquiry is bound only by the quantity and quality of surviving documents and artefacts.

It is commonly acknowledged that an understanding of the past is fundamental to an understanding of the present. The analysis and interpretation of history provide an essential context for evaluating contemporary institutions, politics, and cultures. Understanding the present configuration of society is not the only reason to study the past; history also provides unique insight into human nature and human civilization.  By demanding that we see the world through the eyes of others, that we develop a sense of context and coherence while recognizing complexity and ambiguity, and that we confront the record not only of human achievement but also of human failure, cruelty, and barbarity, the study of history provides us with a richly-textured, substantive framework for understanding the human condition and grappling with moral questions and problems. History is essential to the traditional objectives of the liberal arts, the quest for wisdom and virtue.

There is another reason to study history: it’s fun. History combines the excitement of exploration and discovery with the sense of reward born of successfully confronting and making sense of complex and challenging problems.

S1

  • Scottish Wars of Independence
  • The Edwardians

S2

  • 20th Century History
  • Lesson from the Holocaust

 

National 4 History

The course consists of three mandatory Units.  Each of the component Units of the Course is designed to provide progression to the corresponding Unit at National 5.

History: Scottish

History: British

History: European and World

History: Added Value

 

National 5 History  

The course consists of 3 mandatory Units and the Course Assessment. Each of the component Units of the Course is designed to provide progression to the corresponding Unit at Higher.

History: Scottish

History: British

History: European and World

Course Assessment:   Component 1 – Question Paper (75% of overall grade)

Component 2 – Assignment (25% of overall grade)

Modern Studies

Modern studies is the social, political and economic study of local, national and international issues. Modern Studies is unique to the Scottish Schools curriculum.

The Modern Studies courses make extensive use of information technology. The social subjects department is well equipped with interactive whiteboards that allows immediate access to the political issues of the day.

This subject helps you understand some of the important issues of the world today.It helps you to reach decisions and make up your mind about topical issues.

Through study of this subject you learn how to find out answers for yourself and how to gather this information up to make sense of it.

Modern Studies can be found in the St. Luke’s High school curriculum at a number of stages. In the People in Society element of Environmental Studies which takes place from Primary 1 to Secondary 2, in Intermediate 1 and 2 modern studies, Access social studies and Higher modern studies.

S1

  • Media
  • Rights and Responsibilities

S2

  • Living in a Democracy
  • Rich North / Poor South

 

National 4 Modern Studies 

 The course consists of three mandatory units.  Each of the component Units of the Course is designed to provide progression to the corresponding Unit at National 5.

Modern Studies: Democracy in Scotland and the United Kingdom

Modern Studies: Social Issues in the United Kingdom

Modern Studies: International Issues

Modern Studies: Added Value

 

National 5 Modern Studies      

The course consists of three mandatory Units and the Course Assessment. Each of the component Units of the Course is designed to provide progression to the corresponding Unit at Higher.

Modern Studies: Democracy in Scotland and the United Kingdom

Modern Studies: Social Issues in the United Kingdom

Modern Studies: International Issues

Course Assessment:   Component 1 – Question Paper (75% of overall grade)

Component 2 – Assignment (25% of overall grade)

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