Sociology

Subject Introduction

Head of Department: Debbie Smee

Are your beliefs, desires and choices the product of society or is society the product of our beliefs, desires and choices? If this question interests you, then you should consider Sociology.

It is the scientific study of society and all the social relationships and institutions that exist within it. This subject is ideal for the enquiring mind.

The kind of person who will succeed as a sociologist is someone who is not afraid to challenge or defend their views, someone who is open to new ideas and not scared of forming new opinions.

The Curriculum

In Year 12, you will gain a broad understanding of what studying sociology entails by looking at what makes up ones culture and identity, and by honing various data collection and interpretation skills.

The second part of the course focuses on extending these skills through looking at the sociology of the youth.

In Year 13 you will take on fascinating journey into the world of crime and deviance and then use your skills to complete a research project based around social inequality and difference.

Assessment

The examinations will be a mixture of short, medium and essay-length questions focusing on practical information, as well as the analytical skills learned during the course.

Enrichment and Extra-Curricular

Students have the opportunity ti visit sociological institutions, outside speakers, career development talks and conferences.

Careers

Sociology can be invaluable in a whole range of careers. The skills taught would be useful in Media, Criminal Justice, marketing and teaching.

Universities value the critical thinking and analytical skills that you will learn as a sociologist.

Exam Board

TBC