Sociology

Sociology

Key Stage 5

“Sociology makes me think about things I wouldn’t normally think about and things I normally think about I think about in a totally different way”   [Anon.]

Sociology is the study of society on a number of different levels, helping us to explain and understand social change in the past, present and in the future.  It encourages political and social engagement with contemporary social issues and is actively involved with social research and policy. It is a subject that requires you to develop a critical view of the society around you, questioning assumptions taken for granted and applying theoretical analysis to back up arguments. During the course we study key sociological theories, perspectives and methods. You will look at how factors such as social class, ethnicity and gender impact on experiences of identity and culture and the sociological explanations of why some groups achieve more in education than others. We critically look at crime and the way in which some groups within society are over-represented in crime statistics, alongside the role of punishment and crime prevention. In addition, you will also look at the influence of the media in society, analysing the extent to which the media plays a part in contemporary society.

Course Content

Over the two years, you will explore:

  • the study of society, in particular the western developed world.
  • the meaning of culture and identity to different groups in society.
  • the study of structures and institutions in society such as education, government, media, religion, socialization, crime, globalization etc.
  • inequality, focusing on class, gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality and disability.
  • theoretical perspectives to analyse different social phenomena and social processes.
  • Different research methods; interviews, questionnaires/surveys, experiments, observations, case studies, content analysis.

Assessment

Paper 1 – Education with Theory and Methods

Exam: 2 hours, 80 marks, 33% of A-Level

Education:

  • 4 marks – Outline two
  • 6 mark – Identify three
  • 10 mark – Applying material, analyse two
  • 30 mark – Assessing the claim

Methods in Context:

  • 20 marks ― Evaluate the strengths and limitations of a method in studying an area of education.
  • Theory and Methods: 10 marks – Outline two

Paper 2 – Topics in Sociology

Exam: 2 hours, 80 marks, 33% of A-Level

Culture and Identity

  • 10 mark – Outline two
  • 10 marks – Applying material, analyse two
  • 20 mark – Assessing the claim

Mass Media:

  • 10 mark – Outline two
  • 10 marks – Applying material, analyse two
  • 20 mark – Assessing the claim

Paper 3 – Crime with Theory and Methods

Exam: 2 hours, 80 marks, 33% of A-Level

Crime and Deviance:

  • 4 marks – Outline two
  • 6 mark – Identify three
  • 10 mark – Applying material, analyse two
  • 30 mark – Assessing the claim

Theory and Methods:

  • 10 marks – Outline two
  • 20 Marks – Evaluate