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Sociology

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WELCOME TO Sociology

Sociology is the study of the society in which we live and how it shapes the way that we live.  The subject encourages you to question what happens in society and search for explanations of why.  Studying Sociology allows you to examine current a­ffairs, how society works and the people within it.

Key stage 4

Sociology GCSE – Course Outline

Over the next 6 terms you will be studying many topics, which are outlined below. Sociology takes a critical look at the society in which we live and how that society has developed.

Year 10- Unit 1

1. Studying Society

  • What is Sociology and how is it different from other subjects?
  • Key terms and concepts used in sociology.
  • How do sociologists carry out research?

2. Families and Households

  • Relationships in families and how they are changing.
  • Changing patterns of life and how these effect families and individuals.
  • Sociological approaches to families.
  • Divorce and other family related issues.

Year 11- Unit 2

4. Social inequality

  • Differences between people based on social class, gender, ethnicity, age etc.
  • Distribution of wealth, power, status, life chances.
  •  Explanations of poverty.
  • Patterns of inequality.

5. Crime and Deviance

  • Patterns of crime in terms of class, ethnicity and gender.
  • Conformity to social rules.
  • Sociological explanations of criminal behaviour.
  • How useful are criminal statistics?
  • Significance of crime for modern society.

This course will be assessed at the end of year 11 through two papers.

  • Unit 1 – Understanding Social Processes – (50%) – 1 ½ hours – 100 marks
  • Unit 2 – Understanding Social Structures – (50%) – 1 ½ hours – 100 marks

Key Stage 5

Sociology A Level – Course Outline

Over the next 6 terms you will be studying many topics, which are outlined below. Sociology takes a critical look at the society in which we live and how that society has developed. You will consider different theoretical responses and evaluate their understandings of society.

Component 1

Socialisation and culture

Key concepts and processes of cultural transmission and the acquisition of identity

Families and Households

Education

Component 2

Methods of Sociological Enquiry

  • Sociological theories related to research methods
  • Methodology
  • Ethics

Component 3

Power and Stratification

Social stratification (social class) and differentiation

Crime and Deviance

Assessment

AS Level

Component 1 Socialisation and culture

Written examination – 2 hours 30 minutes – 70% of qualification

Includes: Key concepts and processes of culture

Families and Households

Education

Component 2 Methods of Sociological enquiry

Written examination – 1 hour 15 minutes – 30 % of qualification

A Level

Component 1 Socialisation and culture – 30 % of qualification

Component 2 Methods of Sociological enquiry – 20 % of qualification

Component 3 Power and Stratification

Written examination – 2 hours 30 minutes – 40% of qualification

Includes: Social stratification and differentiation

Crime and deviance

Trips & Extra Curricular Activities

At KS4 students will have the opportunity to visit the V&A Museum of Childhood and watch Billy Elliot the Musical to support their studies in unit 1.

At KS5 trips include visits to the Crown Court to watch the Criminal Justice System in action; talks from an ex-prisoner; a visit to London to watch Billy Elliot the Musical and a trip to the Houses of Parliament.

All Sociology students are advised to take an interest in current affairs, this will aid their sociological understanding of social structures and processes.

Staff

Miss J Solanki (Sociology Teacher)