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History Course Outline


About the unit

In this unit pupils will investigate various epidemics of infectious diseases that devastated the Scottish population in the 19th and 20th centuries. They will examine the causes of these diseases, the impact on society and the solutions sought to eradicate them. This unit will focus on local examples and case studies.

 This unit will also partly focus on P7/S1 transition.
Time Scale: 12 lessons

Learning Outcomes

This unit of work will enable pupils to:

  • Understand the impact of the industrial revolution on Scotland in the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • They will explore the impact of new discoveries and technical developments on medicine and public health provision.
  • They will be able to assess the impact of developments in healthcare on peoples health.
  • Work collaboratively and independently.
  • Use a variety of sources to select relevant information and present this through informal assessment.


Key Skills

  • ICT
  • Decision making
  • Selecting and presenting information
  • Discussion
  • Cooperative learning
  • Group activities
  • Embedded AifL


At the end of this unit most pupils will:

1.      Be aware of the infectious diseases of the 19th and 20th centuries in the UK

2.      Understand the causes of these diseases.

3.      Have examined the methods of eradicating these diseases

4.      Have produced a……………………

Some pupils will have progressed further and will:

1.      Understand the impact the eradication of these infectious diseases had on society.

2.      Understand why these diseases are no longer a problem for the developed world.