Sociology

KEY STAGE 5

Study Sociology and open yourself up to a journey of discovery which challenges your assumptions about the world and compels you to question everything. Be prepared to look at the world in new ways leaving you impassioned and wanting to learn more.

Today, Sociology is one of the most popular subjects. This is in part because we live in a world where societies have changed so much over time, and are continuing to do so at a rapid pace, and also because individuals today have a heightened awareness of the underlying social forces which propel societies and in turn affect the actions and behaviours of us all.

Do you ever wonder why girls achieve higher than boys at school yet are still considered one of the most disadvantaged groups in society? Is it because girls are taught that technical subjects like Maths and Science are for boys? Is it because despite their high educational success the opportunities available for women post school are not only reduced but also unequal to those of their male counterparts? Could it be both? Or even something much more profound like the class structure of the UK? You may think that class structures don’t segregate societies anymore. Are you sure? Have you considered the role of the mainstream media in redirecting our attentions from major social, cultural and political issues by encouraging us to focus on the latest drama on The Bachelor or the controversial names of the latest Kardashian-West baby? What could the real agenda be?

Sociology focuses your attention on analysing the social organisation of society inviting you to delve into behaviour patterns, interactions and relations between members of society. Unearth how institutions like the church and governments influence the development of social norms and in turn individuals. Explore the theories of family, education, religion and crime and deviance letting them lead you to a deeper understanding of issues in order to identify them as problems and bring about social reform. This very study helps us become objective and widens our knowledge about the world enriching us as human beings.

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Course Content

The course is divided into four topics which will be tested over three exams.

Education with Theory and Methods

This unit looks at the role and purpose of education in contemporary society. It looks at relationships and processes within schools and the significance of education policy. Questions students will consider include; why do girls achieve higher than boys at school? Are school subjects gender stereotyped? Are opportunities available for women post-school equal to those available for their male counterparts?

Topics in Sociology: Families and Households

This unit looks at the relationship of the family to the social structure and social change. It looks at changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation and divorce as well as the nature and extent of changes to gender roles in the household. The unit ends with an in-depth look at the changing nature of childhood. Students will also look at sociological research methods and their strengths and weaknesses.

Topics in Sociology: Beliefs in Society

In this unit students are asked to question their understanding of religiosity including; belief in a supernatural God, attendance at church, definitions of religion, fundamentalism and secularisation. Students explore stereotypical notions of concepts and the effects these views have on interactions between different people in society. Questions they will consider include; is secularisation occurring? What effect does globalisation have on religion and fundamentalism?

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Linked strongly with current media and statistics students evaluate theories of crime including; why crime occurs, methods of prevention and who commits the most crime. By this stage students are expected to be able to put forward well-structured arguments on the complex relationship between theory and empirical evidence on topics.

Examination Arrangements

Each examination is 2 hours long with maximum value of 80 marks worth 33.3% of the A-level.

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (Families and Households, Beliefs in Society)

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods