Sociology

Head of Department: Mr. O. Dennis

About Sociology

Sociology aims to develop enquiry, critical thinking and analytical skills by considering real and relevant issues that are important to the contemporary world in which we live. Students will develop an understanding of the importance of sociology in explaining how the world functions and operates. Students will also gain a critical understanding of sociological evidence and research processes whilst also learning about the basic key concepts in sociology. During the course students will start to make links between the individual and society, looking particularly at ideas of culture, socialisation, identity and power and control.

KS4 Study

Qualification: GCSE

Core/Option: Option

Units & Weighting:

Unit 1: Sociology Basics 25% Examination (60 minutes)

Encourages students to develop a critical understanding of sociological evidence and research processes, including knowledge of the main methods and stages of sociological research. This unit also introduces the basic key concepts in sociology and starts to make links between the individual and society, looking particularly at ideas of culture , socialisation and identity.

Unit 2: Socialisation, Culture and Identity 50% Examination (90 minutes)

A choice of substansive topics, developing the themes of socialisation, culture, identity and power and control. Topics include the family, crime and deviance and youth culture.

Unit 3: Applying Sociological Research Techniques 25% Examination (60 minutes)

Students will apply their sociological research knowledge to two pre-released investigations. They will then be assessed in a written examination on research skills, that they apply specifically to the investigations.

Enrichment

- Supervised extra help and catch up sessions are regularly available to students.

- Potential for attendance at student conferences.