Head of Department: Mrs S Ingram
Do you want to study something that relates to everyday life? Do you want to be able to explain why people behave the way they do? Do you ever wonder why your life is different to those around you? Do you want to ask questions about different kinds of people? Do you ever feel like things just don’t seem very fair? Do you like to debate/argue big issues? Do you like to ask really difficult questions? Do you like to discover links between different aspects of your life?
Sociology is the study of society and throughout the course, we aim to understand and explain the way our society is structured and the way people behave.
What will I study?
- Key concepts and processes of cultural transmission – how do we learn to behave like humans, from our families, the media and school?
- Families – why do we need our families, and what happens when we don’t have them? How has family life changed in the last 50 years?
- Education – why are there differences between girls and boys, richer students and poorer students, and students with different ethnic backgrounds in school? Why do some students get better grades than others? What do we need education for?
- Sociological research methods – how do we find things out?
- Social differentiation and stratification – why do children from different backgrounds have different life chances?
- Crime and deviance – who commits crime, and why? What happens when they do? How can we stop it, and why should we?
They will learn about theories and approaches which sociologists have developed and apply them to their studies. Most of the content will be based on life in the UK but will link to more international issues and examples as appropriate. This helps students to build up an understanding and awareness of the world in which we live and broadens their general understanding of society which is important for young people in today’s world.
How will I be assessed?
100% written examination
Anything else I need to know?
It is useful for students to try to build up their general knowledge and to be interested in current affairs. Watching the news or documentaries is a good way to build up sociological understanding. Reading a quality newspaper will help to build up examples which can support answers in the exam. Sociology helps students to have an appreciation of the way the world changes and is interrelated whilst societies and individuals maintain their own individual characteristics. In this way, sociology can be a subject which increases student awareness and understanding of the ever-changing world around us and helps them to prepare for life in the adult world.