Sociology gives students the opportunity to study the social world and equips them with the appropriate skills and knowledge needed to be able to understand and explain the societal impact on an individual’s life chances. The curriculum is designed and delivered to encourage our students to challenge assumptions and develop their societal awareness. They will also develop skills and methods to investigate and communicate, providing key skills that are valuable for any field of employment that involves working with people, from careers in the public sector to media and business.
What will I study?
Year 12 Topics
Families and Households:
Changing patterns of family life – divorce, marriage, cohabitation and family diversity
Changing roles of men, women and children
Sociological theories of the role of the family in society
Government policy and the family
Social class, gender,ethnicity and the attainment gap.
Sociological explanations of the role of education in society
Education policy in the UK
Sociological Research Methods:
Interviews, observation, questionnaires, experiments, secondary data
The use of sociological research methods in the education context.
Year 13 Topics
The Sociology of the Media:
Ownership and control of the mass media
Media content and media audiences
The media and stereotyping – gender, age, ethnicity
Globalisation and culture
Crime and Deviance:
Theories of crime/deviance
Crime and social class, gender, ethnicity
Globalisation, green crime, state crime
Criminal justice and crime prevention
Theory and Methods:
Sociological theories and methodological issues
What are the entry requirements?