Sociology

Sociology is the study of patterns in society. It looks at subjects like crime, education, family and religion and asks who in society wins and loses in these areas.

 

 

“The subject encourages you to study analytically what is perceived as normal and deconstruct this to find patterns, often by looking at ethnicity, gender, age and class.”

Sociologists ask questions about whether society works and whether certain groups are included or excluded.

The kind of questions Sociologists ask include:

  • Is the traditional family dying out? Is this a bad thing?
  • Why do subcultures form?
  • Is our society still biased against women?
  • Can we blame the mass media for terrorism?
  • Are the youth of today any more rebellious than in the past?
  • Do schools provide an education that benefi ts everyone?
  • Does prison rehabilitate offenders?
  • Is there still a clear working class and middle class divide in the UK?
  • Why do girls attain higher grades than boys at school?

The subject encourages you to study analytically what is perceived as normal and deconstruct this to find the causes of these patterns, often by looking at ethnicity, gender, age and class. You will learn to look at these causes via a range of theories from across the ideological spectrum including Feminism, Marxism and Conservatism. A significant aspects of the A level is methodological research. Using a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques you learn how to collect and analyse data effectively and fairly.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language, or B in GCSE Religious Studies (with a Grade 4 in English Language).

Assessment

A good sociologist is open minded and empathic enough to appreciate viewpoints which they may not share. An interest in current affairs, both domestic and global is important. Assessment is through the writing of timed essays which relies on students having the effective grasp of the English Language and involving many of the same skills as

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