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Higher Grade Modern Studies Resources

Front cover of our Higher Grade Modern Studies Course Notes book

The resources here are intended to be used in conjunction with our Higher Grade Modern Studies Course Notes book to provide additional guidance as you study.

  • Key websites are listed by topic for quick easy reference
  • Internet activities in the Course Notes book help focus your research
  • Weblinks are monitored and updated to give you the information that you need

Extensive weblinks are available for the following course areas:

All web links refer to related activities in Higher Modern Studies Course Notes.

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UNIT 1: Political Issue in the United Kingdom

Study Theme 1A: Devolved Decision Making in Scotland



Local authorities



Study Theme 1B: Decision Making In Central Government

UK Government and Parliament

Political parties

Pressure groups


Freedom of Information

Study Theme 1C: Political Parties and their Policies

Background: Party system


Party ideologies

Conservative Party

Conservative Party policies - Tax

Scottish Conservatives

Labour Party

Scottish Labour

Labour factions

Liberal Democrats

Scottish National Party

Study Theme 1D: Electoral Systems, Voting and Political Attitudes

Voting systems

Influences on voting patterns

The influence of the media

Influence of opinion polls

Referenda in the UK

Voter turnout

UNIT 2: Social Issues in the United Kingdom

Study Theme 2: Wealth and Health Inequalities in the UK



Inequalities in wealth

Inequalities in health

Provision of health care and welfare

UNIT 3: International Issues

Study Theme 3A: Republic of South Africa

Background information

SA Constitution and political system

Political parties and political issues

Media in South Africa

Social and economic issues in SA

Study Theme 3B: China


Structure of Government and CPC


Political parties, dissent


Trade and economy

Environmental problems

Agricultural reform

World economy

Development and inequalities


Urban sprawl

Drugs, AIDS and crime

Freedom of speech

Religious freedom

Other human rights issues

Study Theme 3C: USA



Useful information about the separation of powers can also be found at:

Ethnic voters

Social and economic inequality


Affirmative Action Programmes

Study Theme 3D: European Union


EU institutions

EU Constitution

The Euro

EU Enlargement

Other useful information can be found at:

Regional policy

Other useful information can be found at:

Social issues

Common Agricultural Policy

Common Fisheries Policy

Study Theme 3E: Politics of Development in Africa


Millennium Development Goals

Health - Aids

Health - Malaria


Other useful information can be found at:

Food and hunger



Other useful information can be found at:

Land tenure


Other useful information can be found at:

Department for International Development

UN agencies

Other useful information can be found at:

Study Theme 3F: Global Security

UN and NATO organisation and operations

Nuclear capability

Libya, Afghanistan


Other useful information can be found at:

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