The Social Studies Faculty consists of Geography, History, Modern Studies, Philosophy and Religious Education. Our aim is to work together to help our young people to develop their understanding of the world by learning about other people, their values and beliefs, in different times and circumstances; they will also learn how we interact with and shape our environment. Through S1-3 they will develop a broad knowledge and understanding about human achievements, how to make sense of changes in society, develop a respect and understanding of the beliefs and views of others, of conflicts, their resolutions and critically examine current environmental issues. In doing so, we support our young people in becoming successful, responsible and confident individuals who can make effective, positive contributions to our society both now and in the future.
We aim to enhance our teaching of the curriculum actively making use of local and international field work, guest speakers, along with business and community partnerships.
In S4-6 the Social Studies faculty offers a wide range of courses for pupils to choose from including National 3-Advanced Higher in Geography, History and Modern Studies. Furthermore, in S5/6 we also offer courses in RMPS (Intermediate and Higher level) and Higher Sociology.
The faculty also offer the John Muir Award and ASDAN Environmental short courses for S5/6 pupils where our young people can make a positive difference to the school environment and our local Community woodlands further developing their skills for learning, work and life.
- Geography: After school Monday – Wednesday (Nat 5 Geography Revision Sessions)
- History: After school Friday, there is also an open door policy
- Modern Studies: After school Thursday
- RMPS: After school Thursday
- Philosophy: Open door policy
Philosophy Revision Material Recommendations By Mr Reid
- Stephen Law books are excellent as an introduction. They are written specifically for teenagers which means they are understandable and in bite size chunks. The two I would recommend are The Philosophy Gym and The Philosophy Files (both available in the school library)
- Rafferty J Critical Thinking For SQA Higher and Int 2 (London: Kynoch & Blaney, 2007) ISBN: 978-0955397318
- Cardinal, Hayward & Jones The Meditations Rene Descartes (Philosophy in Focus) (London: Hodder Education, 2005) ISBN: 978-0340888049
- Descartes, R Meditations on First Philosophy (Indianapolis: Hackett PC, 1993) ISBN: 9780872201927
- Kenny, A What I Believe (London: Continuum, 2007) ISBN: 978-0826496164
- Warburton, N Philosophy: The Classics, 2nd Edition (London: Routledge, 2001) ISBN: 0-415-23998-2
- Warburton, N Philosophy: The Basics (London: Routledge, 1992 and following) ISBN: 0-415-32773-3
- The channel “Wired Philosophy” contains loads of easy to understand videos from various university lecturers.
- “Philosophy Tube” is also quite a good channel
- This website contains links to loads of useful websites http://www.edubuzz.org/jburt/useful-hphi/. It is a site for RMPS and Philosophy.