As part of S2 Social Subjects all pupils will participate in six units over the course of the year.  This allows pupils to experience different skills and gain knowledge on complex topics.


Environmental Hazards

This unit will start with a brief introduction to environmental hazards before the pupils go on to learn about the structure of the earth. The unit will cover 3 environmental hazards: Volcanoes, Tsunamis and Hurricanes. The pupils will learn about how each environmental hazard is caused, the effects of the hazard on the people and the landscape and how to plan for an environmental hazard. Pupils will learn a case study for each hazard, for example for volcanoes they will learn about the eruption of Mt St Helens, they will look at what caused the eruption, the effects of the eruption on the people and the landscape and they will also learn about the aid that was given after the eruption.


Scotland and the Local Area

This unit is an introduction to geography and allows the pupils to develop several skills. The pupils will conduct an environmental quality survey of 3 locations in the local area, they will then process this information by drawing a bar graph. They will use this data to write a proposal explaining how they think the environment in the local area could be improved. Pupils will learn how to read an OS map in this unit, they will learn about direction, map symbols, 4 & 6 figure grid references and how to measure distance and relief on an OS map. To ensure the pupils have an understanding of the importance of map reading they will undertake a task where they have to imagine they are a mountain rescue team in the Scottish Highlands and must rescue a hill walker. To do this they will use a programme called “digimaps for schools”. After learning some basic map skills the pupils will move on to learn about Scotland’s physical features and tourist activities in Glasgow.




Pupils will investigate the causes of slavery in 17th century America and how it affected those who were involved in America and Britain.  They will also look at how the Abolition campaign ended slavery and tried to overcome this racial inequality.

Pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • Define slavery and inequality.
  • Describe the capture, passage and sale of slaves.
  • Explain the causes and effects of slavery for African Americans.
  • Research forms of slave rebellion.
  • Evaluate the arguments made for and against the use of slaves.
  • Debate the reasons for and against slavery.


World War Two

Pupils will study the impact of war in Britain and then compare this to the impact World War Two had on the rest of the world.

Pupils will have the opportunity to develop the following skills:

  • Observing, describing and recording.
  • Comparing and contrasting to draw valid conclusions.
  • Having an awareness of sequence and chronology.
  • Discussion and informed debate.


Modern Studies


Pupils will investigate terrorism and the reasons for it becoming a significant global issue. They will explore the impact that terrorism has as well as investigating different examples of terrorism across the world.  This unit will also analyse the responses taken by countries across the world to reduce the likelihood of successful terrorist attacks.

Pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • Define what is meant by terrorism
  • Explain some of the many complex reasons for why terrorism can happen
  • Describe the impact terrorism on local communities and wider regions
  • Summarise the effectiveness of government responses to terrorism


Contrasting countries – China & The USA 

Pupils will look at two major powers and their role in the world. As well as looking at the major differences in how both countries are run, they will also investigate inequalities facing groups of people within each of these nations. They will also investigate some of the major political debates facing each nation.  This unit will also a research based report on gun crime to be carried out.

Pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • Describe how citizens of both countries can become involved in the politics of their country
  • Explain the different types of inequalities that exist between people in both countries
  • Identify differences between the nations and comment upon similarities
  • Compare life for people in both nations with life in Scotland