Sociology

What is Sociology?

Sociology involves studying human social life, groups and societies in a systematic way. Sociologists investigate and explain the social world and our behaviour in it. They are particularly interested in understanding the ways in which society influences us and shapes our daily lives.

As a sociology student, you will explore and ask questions about the workings of society you live in. Studying society will help you to understand how society is organised and to make sense of your own experiences in it. Sociology can be thought-provoking and challenging because it encourages us to think carefully about our views and assumptions.

You will study contemporary British society and examine its main social structures, such as the family and education systems. You will also explore what is known as the ‘social processes’ that influence us, such as socialisation and social control, as well as some of the controversial issues relating to sociology, such as the quality of parenting and teenage crime.

Outline of the course

Paper 1 is a 1 hour 45 minute examination containing two sections (100 marks and worth 50%)

1.  Education: Contains two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses.

Topics discussed in this module:

    • How is the education system organised in contemporary Britain?
    • How can parental attitudes affect achievement?
    • How might the school affect achievement?
    • What is the role of the school in ethnicity and achievement.

 2.  Family: Contains two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short extended responses.

Topics discussed in this module:

      • How might an individual’s family and household settings change over the course of their life?
      • What were gender roles and relationships between adult partners like in the past?
      • How have relationships between parents and their children changed over time?
      • What are the consequences of divorce?

 

Paper 2 is a 1 hour 45 minute examination containing three sections (100 marks and worth 50%).

1.  Crime and deviance: 30 minute section with one piece of extended writing.

Topics discussed in this module:

      • What are the differences between formal and informal control?
      • How do sociologists explain criminal and deviant behaviour?
      • How far do official statistics on recorded crime measure the extent of crime?
      • Why is youth crime viewed as a social problem?

Candidates are expected to make reference to relevant areas of social theory and methodology.

2.  Social inequality: 30 minute section with one piece of extended writing.

Topics discussed in this module:

      • How are wealth and income distributed in Britain?
      • How much social mobility is there in Britain?
      • How do we explain poverty?
      • Does social class still matter?

 

Delivery:

Sociology is taught by an enthusiastic and passionate department who use a range of teaching and learning methods and have a range of resources available to students to complement learning both inside and outside the classroom.

Careers and Future Progression:

The skills and abilities that you develop over the duration of the course lay the foundations to a range of opportunities and careers in fields such as:

Accountancy
Advertising
Anti-social behaviour coordination
Audience and market research
Broadcasting
Campaigning groups
Child welfare
Civil services
Community care
Community development & research
Community, health & social work
Education
Government
Government advisory departments
Health
Health promotion
Healthcare
Housing
Human resources
Human rights, migration & refugee support
Investigating justice & victim support
Journalism and media
Legal professions
Local government
Marketing and PR 
Mental health 
Police
Policy analysis and consultancy
Policy and administration
Politics
Probation
Protective agencies
Public relations
Research
Sales management
Social and welfare professions
Social policy development
Social work
Teaching
The civil service
The criminal justice system
The press and public relations
The voluntary and community sector
Writing and journalism
Youth and community work

For further information see

Ms Rose         KRose@sharnbrook.beds.sch.uk