Sociology is the study of the nature of our society, meaning how and why it changes and why social issues such as inequality exist.
"Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains."
It also investigates the importance of structures, such as the family and the media, without which society as we know it would cease to exist.
An important aspect of sociology is the understanding and application of research methods. Students will engage in their own pieces of investigation to enhance their understanding.
Units studied are:
The compulsory core is concerned with developing the sociological imagination in learners. It aims to encourage an interest in the social world and to develop the critical faculties necessary for informed understanding of the social world. It encourages candidates to understand the significance of society and the social context in which individuals operate. Questions will be drawn from debates on families, education, mass media and sport and leisure among other topics.
The key theme for these options is the understanding of how people learn appropriate norms, values and mores through family, friends and those around them and how social identity is constructed.
In addition, candidates are encourage to understand the differences in how people live and how society is structured.
Family - This unit covers types of family and marriage, conjugal roles and the functions of the modern family.
Mass Media - Students will consider to what extent their/our behaviour is influenced by the media, and the ways in which different groups (gender, ethnic minority) are represented in the media
Investigating Society - Students will learn all the different methods Sociologists use to gather information, eg, interviews and observation. Students will carry out some research of their own.
Culture and Identity - Students will study how we learn the rules of our society and how these rules are enforced.
Youth - Students will learn about subcultures and gangs and why young people join groups.
The compulsory core is concerned with developing the sociological imagination in candidates. It aims to encourage an interest in the social world and to develop the critical faculties necessary for informed understanding of the social world. It encourages candidates to understand the significance of social context in which we operate. Questions will be drawn from debates on work, power and participation, crime and deviance and global citizenship among other topics
Subject Leader: C Larsen