Baccalaureates Social Sciences – Kirsten’s experience

Baccalaureates Social Sciences – Kirsten’s experience


I thought that it was a very different
type of project, something I’d never done before and the prospect of leaving
school without the support and without going through a kind of
independent project different to dissertation was quite daunting. So I
thought the baccalaureate would give me an opportunity to kind of research for
myself and kind of be more independent in my learning and also history is
my favorite subject so it gave me an opportunity to explore that in a way
that I hadn’t done before her from an angle I hadn’t done before. I chose to do
the personalisation of history which is basically looking at you not from a
general point of view but from the view of an individual story or an
individual person and I chose to look at it through the film Schindler’s List
because I thought that film was quite a good medium to portray an individual
story. Obviously there are books for a lot of people don’t like reading or don;t have time for reading whereas a film can really help you understand a story quite
simply and quickly. It’s the wee, small anecdotes that you can remember or relate to and and so I thought it was quite important to research that and to
share it with other people. What we just filmed there was a lesson that I’d kind
of created from doing research into different stories, different individual
people and research of the film Schindler’s List and the background into
that. So I wanted to do a lesson with second years aim to share that
with them and also to show the importance of individual stories. I did a
questionnaire with the second year classes before and after teaching them
the lesson with the clips from Schindler’s List and basically
before quite a lot of them thought individual stories were important but it
wasn’t all unanimous. Quite a lot of people were still seeing that it’s not
that important and that everyone went through the same thing basically whereas
afterwards it was almost unanimous and that all of them recognised the
importance of looking at it from an individual’s point of view and to
understand that it was a life that each person.
I’m planning to go to university to study Law so I think the
baccalaureate really helped me in developing the skills that are going to
be useful for that. So the research skills, the kind of interaction skills,
you know how to make contact with someone outwith school which I’ve never
done before and talk to them and be able to interview them and get their
opinion and take it into account and so I think that’s quite important for that
and yeah the research skills definitely and also the presentation
skills, like being able to talk and interact with people and kind of share
views. Well, I found the whole subject really fascinating so I really,
really enjoyed that and I guess it’s just been an opportunity to oh it almost
doesn’t feel like work it’s been quite an enjoyable project to research and
although it’s difficult because it’s obviously a very heavy subject it’s
very enriching almost to learn about that and to understand and to share that
with people.