Presentation on theme: "Higher Modern Studies Assignment"— Presentation transcript:
1 Higher Modern Studies Assignment Worth 30 marks out of a total of 90 for the course – 33% of gradeThe marks gained for the assignment will be added to the marks gained in the question paper (final exam) to give an overall grade for the course
2 Higher Modern Studies Assignment Identify an issue (should be an issue on which there are alternative views)Research chosen topic using various sourcesAnalyse and synthesise information from a range of sourcesEvaluate the usefulness and reliability of sourcesReach a decisionShow detailed knowledge and understanding of the issue to support decisionShow an awareness of alternatives to decision (different views)Communicate information in a report format
3 Higher Modern Studies Assignment Two stages:Research stage – 8 hoursIdentifying issue, collecting evidence, analysing, synthesising and evaluating information, reaching a decision. 6 sources of evidence.Production of evidence stage – 1.5 hours (Exam Conditions)During this, only have access to specified resources (research evidence) which is material collected during research stage on up to two single-sided sheets of A4
4 Higher Modern Studies Assignment Production of evidence is completed independently (on your own!) although teachers can provide “reasonable assistance”, such as:Showing candidates the instructions for assignmentClarifying instructionsAdvice on choice of issueAdvice on sources to useArranging visits to gather evidenceChecking progress regularly
5 How marks are awarded…Showing knowledge and understanding of chosen issue and awareness of alternative views – up to 10 marksAnalysing and synthesising information from various sources including use of research evidence – up to 10 marksEvaluating the usefulness and reliability of sources of information – up to 2 marksCommunicating evidence in a report format – up to 4 marksReaching a decision, supported by evidence – up to 4 marks
6 Research EvidenceNo more than 2 sides of A4…information included could be:Evidence/data from primary or secondary researchBullet points/headingsMind-mapsStatistical, graphical or numerical dataSurvey resultsInterview questions and/or answersQuestionnaire and/or resultsList of internet search engine resultsNewspaper article or extractsSummary notes taken from a visit or talkSummary notes taken from a written or audio-visual source
7 Choosing my Sources Choose between three and six sources. Use sources such as newspaper reports, public opinion surveys, pie charts/bar graphs, notes from a DVD, interview notes, response to a letter/ .Make sure you use a variety of text and statistical sources.The sources that you use must be RELEVANT to your topic.It is important to note the ORIGIN of your source.For example dates, authors, titles of reports, TV channel first aired etc.
8 Possible Topics – Social Issues in the UK Make sure the problem you identify is one where there are several different views which can lead to different decisionsThe Welfare State in the UKObesity in ScotlandAlcohol in ScotlandSmoking in ScotlandChild PovertyGender Inequality in SocietyRacial Inequality in SocietyUnemployment in the UKSocial Exclusion
9 Possible Topics – Three Courses of Action The Welfare State in the UKOption 1- Benefits for allOption 2-Means Tested BenefitsOption 3-Scrap the benefits systemObesity in ScotlandOption 1-Tax fatty foods/ drinksOption 2-Free healthy school meals for allOption 3-Government subsidised fruit and vegAlcohol in ScotlandOption 1-Minimum pricing on alcoholOption 2-Increase age to 21Option 3-More government information campaignsSmoking in ScotlandOption 1-Increase the price of cigarettesOption 3-Reduce cigarette advertising
10 Possible Topics – Three Courses of Action Child PovertyOption1- Free school meals for allOption 2- Increased nursery hoursOption 3- Child benefit should be universalGender Inequality in SocietyOption1- 50:50 policyOption 2- Increase in the national minimum wageOption 3- Free childcare up to the end of primary schoolRacial Inequality in SocietyOption1- Introduce affirmative action policiesOption 2- Increased racial awareness schemes in schoolsOption 3-Tougher penalties for organisations for not implementing the Equality ActUnemployment in the UKOption1- More training programmes for unemployed youthsOption 2- Get rid of zero hour contractsOption 3-Cut benefitsSocial ExclusionOption1- More vocational educationOption 2- Increase benefitsOption 3- Increase the national minimum wage
11 Possible Topics – Three Courses of Action DemocracyScottish IndependenceOption1- IndependenceOption 2-Scotland remains part of the unionOption 3-Devo MaxThe House of LordsOption 1-Elect the House of LordsOption 2-Disband the House of LordsOption 3-Keep the existing arrangementIncrease voter turnoutOption 1-Introduce compulsory votingOption 2-Decrease the age to 16Option 3-More campaigns to increase turnoutThe Influence of the MediaOption 1-More control over the mediaOption 2-Less control over the mediaOption 3-Level of influence of the media to stay the same
12 Possible Topics – Three Courses of Action The USAIllegal ImmigrationOption 1- Tighter border controlOption 2-Amnesty to illegalsOption 3-Guest worker programmeHealth care in the USAOption 1-The Affordable Care ActOption 2- Free universal healthcareOption 3-Individual responsibilityPolitical Participation in the USAOption 1-Vote or Die/ Rock the VoteOption 2-Compulsary votingOption 3-More ethnic minority candidates
13 Information from John McTaggart Showing knowledge and understanding of chosen issue and awareness of alterative views – up to 10 marks I see this as straightforward KU of the issues, presented a bit like we currently do for the current DMEAnalysing and synthesising information from various sources including use of research evidence – up to 10 marks Again, like we currently do, using a range of sources and synthesising themEvaluating the usefulness and reliability of sources of information – up to 2 marks Comments on validity, reliability, bias, agenda, professional status, opinionated, official report. That kind of thing. A bit like what we do with the AH. This Source was useful because or not so useful because. This source was quite reliable because. However,.. that kind of thingCommunicating evidence in a report format – up to 4 marks Like we do just now, Structure, intro, subheadings, conclusionReaching a decision, supported by evidence – up to 4 marks Like we do now, supported by evidence from sourcesPupils shouldn’t write too much on the planning sheet and simply copying things from the planning sheet on to the write up will get few if any marks.