What is Sociology?
Sociology is the study of how society is organised and how we experience life. You will take a fresh look at social behaviour and ask questions about the way we act. You will have a chance to consider the influence of the media and whether it contributes to harmful stereotypes.
Sociology explores answers to some of the most important questions of our time such as what causes crime and how it can be tackled. Also the ways that gender, social class, ethnicity and even age can influence your sense of self and your future.
During the course you will have the opportunity to design and carry out research into areas that interest you. Most students find that Sociology encourages them look at the world in new ways and ask questions about society that they had not thought of before.
How is the subject taught?
Discussion work, note-making, reviewing programmes from TV, newspaper articles, mind-maps, posters, presentations, debates, group-work, play-dough modelling, exam practice.
Miss K Bellingham – Subject Leader, email: Sociology@jkhs.org.uk
Course Content at Key Stage 5
What topics are covered for AS?
Socialisation and Culture – The nature nurture debate persists and sociology offers evidence for the way behavior is shaped by our culture. This component considers the changing nature of family life in the contemporary UK along with a closer look at education.
Methods of Sociological Enquiry – This involves the same content as the AS Level but this time students are required to design and evaluate their own piece of research.
What topics are covered for A2?
Power and Stratification – These are the main topics covered during Year 13.
Crime & Deviance – what are the causes of crime in society? Who is most likely to be convicted? And how can we tackle the problem of crime?
Social Inequality – Still as relevant today as any other period of history, why do societies have inequalities between groups? Are they inevitable?
View the Exam Board Syllabus here.
B.A. (Hons.), University of West of England, Bristol