Sociology is the study of society and of people and their behaviour. Sociologists create theories to explain how society works and then carry out research to determine whether their theories are correct. The research of sociologists may be used to determine the causes of social problems and this will enable governments to produce social policies which will be beneficial. Thus sociology can have a very practical as well as theoretical aspect to it.
Students who study sociology enjoy the mix of academic theory, and the application of methods to specific topics.
In order to achieve the highest grades, students must learn the skills of application, analysis and evaluation, and demonstrate them in their essays.
Sociology is only offered at A level.
The topics taught are:
Yr 12 AS Level
- An introduction to sociological theory i.e. Functionalism, Marxism, Social Interaction theories, Feminism, Postmodernism
- An introduction to methods
- Families and Households
- The application of methods to Education
Yr 13 A2 Level
- Further sociological theory (as above)
- Further methods
- Crime and Deviance
- The application of methods to Crime and Deviance
There is no coursework and all assessment is exam based.