SOCIOLOGY

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sociology

Subject leader: Miss P. Delaney
 

AIMS

The study of Sociology encourages students to develop their capacity for critical thinking. To see relationships between the different groups in society, understand how society is organized, and the role of individuals within it. They will draw on the work of classical as well as contemporary sociologist to develop an in-depth understanding of the diverse society they live in and an appreciation of the norms, values and beliefs of others.

Key stage 4

Students look at how different institutions such as families and households, education, the mass media and the criminal justice system influence human behaviour. As well as exploring how and why sociologists carry out research.

Year 10, Unit 1: Studying society, Families and households, Education. Assessment, 1 ½ hours exam – 50%

Year 11, Unit 2: Crime & deviance, Mass media, Power, Social inequality. Assessment, 1 ½ hours exam – 50%

Key stage 5

Students are not required to have studied sociology previously; all students are taught a six week introduction course at the start of year 12 giving them the foundations to study sociology at A level.

AS

Unit 1: Families and Households – 1 hour written exam (40% of AS exam, 20% of A level grade)

Unit 2: Education and Research Methods – 2 hour written exam (60 % of AS exam, 30% of A level grade)

A2

Unit 3: Religion/Mass Media – 1 ½ hour written exam (40% of A2 exam, 20% of A level grade)

Unit 4: Crime & Deviance and Theory and Methods – 2 hour written exam (60% of A2 exam, 30% of A level grade)

Additional Information

Compulsory interventions and study clubs are set up throughout the year to meet the learning needs of the students, and parents will be informed where necessary.

Students are also assigned a clinic evening for their year group where they are invited to drop in between 15:30 and 16:00 to ask questions, discuss topics or seek further support

GCSE specification:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-4190-W-SP-14.PDF

A level specification:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/specifications/alevel/AQA-2190-W-SP-14.PDF