Advanced Higher Modern Studies

Question Paper 1

Lasts 3 hours, has three Sections.

  • Section 1 Political Issues and Research Methods
  • Section 2 Law and order and Research Methods
  • Section 3 Social Inequality and Research Methods

Learners answer two 30 mark essays and two 15 mark Source based questions which test knowledge of social science research methods.

You should know Section which one you will answer questions on.

Our content is reserved to Section 1 Political Issues and Research Methods and Section 2 Law and order and Research Methods as from our experience few, if any candidates study Section 3 Social Inequality and Research Methods

Section 1 Political Issues and Research Methods

power & influence

political ideology

political structures

research methods

Section 2 Law and order and Research Methods

understanding the criminal justice system

understanding criminal behaviour

responses by society to crime

research methods

This paper is worth 90 marks.

The Dissertation

In the Advanced Higher Modern Studies dissertation, learners choose any Modern Studies topic or issue that refers to a complex, contemporary
political or social issue.

The learner then researches the issue and has a maximum of 5,000 words to write up his/her findings.

The completed dissertation must be completed and posted to SQA by the presenting school/college by a date set by SQA, normally around Easter time.

The Advanced Higher Modern Studies dissertation is worth 50 marks.

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