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  • GCSE HUMANITIES 1

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    Contents

    WJEC GCSE in HUMANITIES

    For Teaching from 2012 For Award from 2014

    Page

    Summary of Assessment 2 Introduction 5 Specification Content 11

    Scheme of Assessment 38 Awarding and Reporting 41

    Administration of Controlled Assessment 42 Grade Descriptions 53 The Wider Curriculum 55

    This is a linear specification: all assessments must be taken at the end of the course.

  • GCSE HUMANITIES 2

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    GCSE HUMANITIES

    SUMMARY OF ASSESSMENT

    UNIT 1: HUMAN PERSPECTIVES ON THE ENVIRONMENT

    Centres choose to study one of the following options:

    People and their environments Patterns and places

    This will be assessed by one examination paper of 1 hour duration. The raw mark will be 50 and the weighting 25% (50 UMS) UNIT 2: HUMAN PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST

    Centres choose to study one of the following options:

    Society in change: the United Kingdom, 1939-1974 Society in change: the USA, 1945-1975

    This will be assessed by one examination paper of 1 hour duration. The raw mark will be 50 and the weighting 25% (50 UMS) The examination papers for Unit 1 and Unit 2 will be available in one examination session of two hours duration. UNIT 3: HUMAN PERSPECTIVES ON BELIEFS AND RIGHTS

    Centres choose to study one of the following options:

    Christianity and contemporary lifestyles Christianity and Judaism in todays world Christianity and Islam in todays world Christianity and Hinduism in todays world

    This will be assessed by one examination paper of 1 hour duration. The raw mark will be 50 and the weighting 25% (50 UMS)

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    UNIT 4: CONTEMPORARY THEMES AND ISSUES

    Centres choose to study one of the following options:

    Tourism, travel and leisure Conflict and co-operation Rights and responsibilities The changing world of work

    This will be assessed by controlled assessment and will be internally assessed. The raw mark will be 50 and the weighting 25% (50 UMS)

    In the controlled assessment, candidates are required to complete an enquiry into an issue or issues arising from the content of the chosen option. The task set will enable candidates to investigate an issue which has contemporary relevance and debate. The controlled assessment will take the form of an extended response to a series of connected tasks. The emphasis must be firmly on enquiry.

    OPTION / ENTRY CODES English medium

    Welsh medium

    GCSE Cash in entry 4320 LA UL

    UNIT 1 People and their environments 4321 01 W1 Patterns and places 4321 02 W2

    UNIT 2 Society in change: the United Kingdom, 1939-1974 4322 01 W1 Society in change: the USA, 1945-1975 4322 02 W2

    UNIT 3 Christianity and contemporary lifestyles 4323 01 W1 Christianity and Judaism in todays world 4323 02 W2 Christianity and Islam in todays world 4323 03 W3 Christianity and Hinduism in todays world 4323 04 W4

    UNIT 4 Controlled assessment 4324 01 W1

    AVAILABILITY OF ASSESSMENT AND CERTIFICATION

    June 2014 and each year

    thereafter

    Unit 1

    Unit 2

    Unit 3

    Unit 4

    Subject Award

    Qualification Accreditation Number: 600/5574/1

    This is a linear specification: all assessments must be taken at the end of the course.

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    HUMANITIES

    1 INTRODUCTION

    1.1 Rationale

    The specification provides opportunities for candidates to engage in a broad humanities experience thereby providing breadth, balance, differentiation and relevance.

    This specification offers opportunities for centres to choose their own pathway through the course in response to the individual needs of students.

    The specification presents a structured approach offering students a flexible teaching-learning programme that responds to the varying needs of candidates.

    The specification emphasises process as well as content. It will, therefore, utilise the appropriate activities and teaching methods and must include enquiry based learning.

    The methods of assessment will ensure that the learning experience of all candidates will be comparable irrespective of the selection of units.

    The specification has been designed to make an important contribution to the whole school curriculum and, in this context, can be used to deliver a number of cross-curricular themes and key skills.

    1.2 Aims and Learning Outcomes Following a course in GCSE Humanities should encourage students to: Study the key features and characteristics of issues, themes and, where appropriate, the social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversities of the societies studied, and the past and current experience of people in these societies. Explore and examine issues important to humanity at a range of different levels, such as individual, family, local, regional, national and global. Study the attitudes and values that inform human behaviour, influence human experiences and shape a sustainable future. Study a variety of cultural, economic, environmental, historical, moral, political, religious, social, spatial and spiritual factors that impact issues important to people and the world we live in.

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    1.3 Rationale for selected content The WJEC GCSE Humanities course meets all the subject criteria as laid down by the regulatory authorities. It requires candidates to study:

    the key features and characteristics of issues and themes and, where

    appropriate, the social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity of the various societies studied;

    issues important to humanity at a range of different levels, including past and current experience of people in the societies studied;

    the attitudes and values that inform human behaviour, influence human process and shape a sustainable future;

    a variety of cultural, economic, environmental, historical, moral, political, religious, social, spatial and spiritual factors that impact issues important to people.

    The course is structured to provide centres with the flexibility to design a pathway which is coherent, relevant, interesting and reflects the needs of their students, while maintaining rigour and demand throughout. This is reflected in the structure of the course: In Unit 1 all centres have to choose one option. Each option focuses on the ways that environmental, geographical, economic, social, cultural, political, historical, moral and religious factors influence peoples lives and their interaction with the natural environment in a variety of ways. In particular these options encourage learners to demonstrate a critical awareness of the need to implement sustainable management strategies in an attempt to reconcile human and economic development with the moral obligation of stewardship of our planet and the need for people to take preventative action at a range of scales. Learners will develop enquiry and critical thinking skills through discussion of issues that are important, real and relevant to the world in which they live. In Unit 2 all centres have to choose one option which focuses mainly on the interaction of the political, social, economic and moral pressures that have affected a society in the past. Each option concentrates on the theme of change in a society in the recent past and ensures a number of learning outcomes. It considers the ways that historical, political, moral, cultural, religious, economic, social and geographical factors interacted to shape and change aspects of the chosen society. It examines issues that affected the quality and nature of human life, including an appreciation of diversity and similarities and differences of attitudes, values and beliefs in society. It considers the experiences of war, economic, political and social issues, changes in culture and lifestyle and how people have contributed to society. It also enables the changes that affected this society to be studied with a degree of hindsight. Learners will develop enquiry and critical thinking skills through discussion of issues that are important, real and relevant to the world in which they live. In Unit 3 all centres have to choose one option focussing mainly on the interaction of religious, spiritual and moral beliefs and their effect on human responsibilities In following their chosen option, learners should be able to relate to people of different cultures and faiths within their own community and from the wider world. Learners should also be aware of the limitations on their own actions and the actions of others if we are to live in a world that is both tolerant and sustainable. This will lead them to assess the factors that affect human life both now and in the future. Through individual investigation and insight as well as collaborative work they should consider their role in wider society and their own broader contribution to human life.

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    In Unit 4, all centres have to choose one option considering a contemporary theme which explores how a range of factors have interacted to have an influence on peoples lives today. The option also allows learners to consider the opportunities and constraints that influence society and issues that affect the quality of life. In particular, the controlled assessment nature of this unit will allow learners to actively engage in the process of humanities to develop as effective and independent thinkers with enquiring minds. Consequently this course gives centres the opportunity to study a range of inspirational topics that reflect aspects of peoples lives in

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