HUMANITIES

Staff:
Mr K. Sexton (Faculty Head)
Mrs F. Higgins

Mr M Reilly
Mrs A Lavery
Mr C. Nicolson

Mr C Snelling

The Humanities Faculty consists of Geography, History, Modern Studies and Religious, Moral and Philosophical Education (RMPS). The study of Humanities allows pupils to place their own lives, their communities and their experiences in a wider context. Pupils are given the opportunity to study themes in a local, national and international context.

The Faculty aims to meet the needs of all pupils and ensure pupils reach their potential in becoming effective contributors, confident individuals, responsible citizens and successful learners.

We achieve this by giving pupils the opportunity to learn in different ways and through a variety of experiences such as:

• Pupils working individually and collaboratively with others.
• Pupils are encouraged to extend their knowledge and understanding through project work and investigations.
• Pupils are given opportunities to develop their ICT skills and to use ICT to enhance their learning.
• Pupils, where possible, are given the opportunity to learn through experience and school visits.

What is Modern Studies?
Modern Studies is the social, political and economic study of local, national and international issues. Modern Studies is unique to the Scottish Curriculum and provides pupils with an insight into current affairs, which helps to develop their knowledge and awareness of contemporary issues in the modern world.

What will you study?
Pupils will study a balanced and broad curriculum based on a varied content and a number of concepts chosen for their relevance to the world we live in. These include topics such as:
• Law & Order
• U.K. and Scottish Political Systems
• The Developing World
• Conflict & International Terrorism
• The USA

Modern Studies can prepare pupils for the following careers:

• LAW
• CIVIL SERVICE
• POLICE
• SOCIAL WORK
• TEACHING
• JOURNALISM
• COMMUNITY EDUCATION
• ARMED FORCES
• SOCIAL CARE • NURSING
• BANKING
• MANAGEMENT
• LOCAL GOVERNMENT
• MEDIA
• ADVERTISING
• SOCIAL SCIENCES
• TRADE UNION WORK
• INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

What is History?
The aim of the History department is to encourage an interest in the past and to do so in an enjoyable manner. Pupils are encouraged to think and work both independently and imaginatively in order that they may become increasingly responsible for their own learning. This is done through a variety of different methods, including group work, active learning and the use of ITC.

Pupils will study over 2000 years of history. They will investigate local and Scottish History, as well as European and World history. Looking at civilisations at their greatest and humanity at its worst. We aim to develop a knowledge and understanding of the various factors which have shaped the world in which we live.

By studying history pupils are able to consider continuity, change, cause and effect. Historical skills such as identifying and locating different sources of evidence, interpreting and evaluating evidence and making informed judgments and devising explanations based on the evidence are progressively developed within the department.

History can prepare pupils for the following careers:

• LAW
• CIVIL SERVICE
• POLICE
• SOCIAL WORK
• TEACHING
• JOURNALISM
• COMMUNITY EDUCATION
• ARMED FORCES
• SOCIAL CARE • NURSING
• BANKING
• MANAGEMENT
• LOCAL GOVERNMENT
• MEDIA
• ADVERTISING
• SOCIAL SCIENCES
• TRADE UNION WORK
• INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

What is Geography?
Geography is the study of the earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live.

Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography).

Geography puts this understanding of social and physical processes within the context of places and regions – recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and the links between them. Understanding the causes of differences and inequalities between places and social groups underlie much of the newer developments in human geography.

Geography provides an ideal framework for relating other fields of knowledge. It is not surprising that those trained as geographers often contribute substantially to the applied management of resources and environments.

Geography is a pathway to many careers including:

• Town and Country Planner
• Park Ranger
• Geographical Information Systems
• Cartography
• Environmental work
• Ecology
• Sustainable Development
• Geology
• Geo-Physics
• Landscape Architecture
• Meteorology
• Mining
• Nature Conservation
• Ordnance Survey
• Surveying
• Teaching and Lecturing
• Transport Management
• Travel and Tourism
• Leisure and Recreation
• Civil Service
• Armed Forces
• Police

Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies

Scottish society has, in large part, been shaped by its Christian heritage and influenced by the many world faiths which are followed by its citizens today. Non-religious philosophical traditions have also played an important role in this process. As a result, the people of Scotland today hold a wide range of beliefs and values which reflect this rich diversity of influence. Contemporary Scottish society can therefore accurately be described as both multi-faith and multi-cultural. In such a society, it is of vital importance that each person has the opportunity to explore and strengthen his/her own beliefs and values in an atmosphere of tolerance and respect.

This atmosphere can only be fostered if individuals also have understanding and appreciation of the different beliefs and values which others hold. Recognition of shared values and goals strengthens individual communities and society as a whole: appreciation and tolerance of difference enriches society and the lives of all its members.

What will pupils study?

The opportunity for individuals to explore their own beliefs and values, and to develop an appreciation of the beliefs and values of others is what RMPS is about.

The Course consists of three mandatory Units. The World Religion Unit involves an introductory study of beliefs and practices in one religion. In the Morality and Belief Unit candidates develop knowledge and understanding of both religious and non-religious viewpoints on contemporary moral issues, such as Religion and Justice, and Religion, Medicine and the Human Body. The third Unit, the Problem of Evil and Suffering while also studying the Existence of God. This involves an introductory study of classical philosophical arguments relating to the question of the existence of God as well as traditional and contemporary treatments of these arguments.

Employment and career value

In the world of work employers look for someone with an enquiring mind, an appreciation of different viewpoints, an ability to come to clear, balanced decisions. These skills all develop through studying religions.

If you want to work with people, in caring work, teaching, journalism, publishing, policing, with children, health, catering, leisure and tourism or to work abroad or in a cosmopolitan setting, RMPS will give you plenty to think about, and provide valuable expertise.
Education in the future?

All universities accept and welcome students with RMPS qualifications onto a variety of courses, humanities, arts and sciences as well as to specific courses in religious studies, theology or related disciplines.