Sociology

A LEVEL AQA BOARD

Students should have an interest and enthusiasm for understanding society. They might enjoy people watching, be naturally inquisitive or have a desire to understand key issues in society. An ability to debate and think critically is also essential.
 

Curriculum

Year 1
FAMILIES AND HOUSEHOLDS
This unit will develop students’ understanding of; changing patterns within the family and the growth of family diversity; The nature and extent of changes in relation to gender roles and power relationships; The nature of childhood and demographic changes in the UK since 1990 and Issues surrounding domestic abuse.
 
EDUCATION
This unit will develop an understanding of the purpose of education; why different social groups have different levels of achievement; The relationships and process within schools with emphasis on teacher pupil relationships; pupils’ subcultures and the hidden curriculum; The significance of educational policies.
 
SOCIOLOGICAL METHODS
This unit will focus on the role of research methods in the Sociology of Education and other areas of society. Students will develop their understanding of a range of research methods and their strengths and limitations. They we be able to outline the different theoretical, practical and ethical considerations influencing the choice of topic, method and conduct of research.
Students will also be able to examine the relationship between positivism, interpretivism and sociological methods.
 
Year 2
THE MEDIA. CRIME AND DEVIANCE
This unit explores different theories of Crime and Deviance; The social distribution of Crime and Deviance; Globalisation and Crime in Contemporary Society, the media and crime, green crime, human rights and state crime. Crime control, prevention
and punishment;. The sociological study of suicide; The connections between Sociological Theory and methods and the study of Crime and Deviance.
 
THEORY AND METHODS
This topic will develop student’s understanding of different sociological approaches. Including consensus, conflict, structural and social action theories. Students will study the concepts of modernity and post-modernity in relation to sociological theory,
the nature of science and the extent to which Sociology can be regarded as scientific. Students will review the debates about subjectivity, objectivity and the value of freedom together with the relationship between Sociology and social policy.
 

Assessment

Three exams (2 hours each) at the end of year 2.
There is no coursework.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Mrs S Dyer: sdyer1.312@lgflmail.org (HOD)