Sociology

Sociology

Sociology helps our students to gain knowledge and understanding of key social structures, processes and issues through the study of families, education, crime and deviance and social stratification.
 
Students will develop their analytical, assimilation and communication skills by comparing and contrasting perspectives on a variety of social issues, constructing reasoned arguments, making substantiated judgements and drawing reasoned conclusions.
 
By studying sociology, students will develop transferable skills including how to:
 
  • Investigate facts and make deductions
  • Develop opinions and new ideas on social issues
  • Analyse and better understand the social world

 

What will I learn?

From Year 9 to Year 11, learners will follow the AQA GCSE Sociology 8192 specification. This will be examined at the end of Year 11. In Year 9, students will study a GCSE foundation course that will prepare them for the demands of the actual GCSE syllabus content undertaken in Years 10 and 11. It will focus on key skills and concepts in preparation for the GCSE course. Units of study will include:
 
Year 9:
 
  • What is Sociology?
  • An Introduction to Sociological Methods?
  • Thematic Studies: Introduction to Education, Introduction to Family, Introduction to Crime & Deviance, Introduction to Mass Media.
 
Year 10:
 
  • The sociology of families
  • The sociology of education
  • Social theory and methods
 
Year 11:
 
  • The sociology of crime and deviance
  • The sociology of social stratification
  • Social theory and methodology
 

What will I do?

Students will develop a wide range of knowledge and understanding about society, and how sociologists study and understand its structures, processes and issues. Sociology is exciting, interesting and relevant to students’ lives. This GCSE encourages students to take a questioning approach to evidence and issues, thus developing their critical, evaluative skills.
 

What is the expectation of homework?

All homework will be set during the first lesson of the week and is due in the last lesson of the week. This will give ample opportunity for learners to complete their homework and seek support if they are struggling with it. Homework is set in preparation for forthcoming topics taught in lessons and therefore sets the scene for individual units of study. Students who complete all homework will be in a stronger position to understand the lesson content. Mini quizzes and tests will take place at the start of each lesson to check that homework has been completed. 
 

What support and guidance will I be given?

Students will receive revision booklets for each unit of study. These will also be uploaded to the ‘Show My Homework’ website. Additional sessions after school, at weekends and during the holidays will also take place at key points of the year and particularly as examinations get closer. 
 

How will I be assessed?

Throughout Years 9 to 11 learners will be assessed each half term using previous AQA Past Papers, to help them understand the standard required and to give them practice sitting exam-style questions. This will enable us to ensure that students are building upon what they have previously.
 
Paper 1:
The sociology of families and education. Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes totalling 100 marks. This paper constitutes 50% of GCSE. Section A has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses. Section B has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses.
 
Paper 2:
The sociology of crime and deviance and social stratification. Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes totalling 100 marks. This paper also constitutes 50% of GCSE. Section A has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses. Section B has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses.
 

What equipment do I need to be successful?

We expect all of the learners at Magna to attend their lessons with the correct equipment so that their learning is not affected. All learners should have pens, pencils, a ruler, a rubber, a protractor, a pair of compasses and a scientific calculator (preferably Casio fx-85GT Plus). It would also be beneficial to purchase a copy of the course text, AQA Sociology GCSE by Coates, Gilpin and Owens et al.
 

What other opportunities exist outside of class?

Students who study Sociology are found in a wide range of occupations. This might lead to jobs in social services, education, criminal justice, welfare services, government, counselling, charities and the voluntary sector. They include charity fundraiser, community development worker, counsellor, lecturer, housing officer, teacher, probation officer, social researcher, social worker and welfare rights adviser.
 
There are a range of specific abilities and skills associated with the study of sociology, but there are also wider transferable skills that you can develop. The specific skills include ability to judge and evaluate evidence; understanding the complexity and diversity of situations, including organisations themselves; collecting information; making reasoned and logical arguments.
 
Sociology students will also develop a wider set of transferable skills like team-working; verbal communication skills; showing initiative; being able to work in a way that is supportive of equality and diversity in the workplace.
 
 

A-Level Sociology Learning at Magna

What will I learn?

This A Level Sociology course a Magna Academy has been designed so that candidates will acquire the essential knowledge and understanding of central aspects of sociological thought and methods, together with the application of a range of skills. It has also been designed to allow the integration of sociological themes, such as socialisation, culture and identity, and social differentiation, power and stratification. To Study Sociology A’ Level there is no prerequisite that it should have been studied at GCSE. Instead, candidates who have Grade C in English Language or similar attainment at Key Stage 4 will find that those skills will suitably equip them for the study of this specification. No prior learning is necessary for candidates to undertake a course of study based on this specification and those candidates returning to study, as part of their lifelong learning, will need no previous attainment in this subject.
 
This A’ Level lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Sociology and related subjects in higher education. In addition, it provides a worthwhile course for candidates of various ages and from diverse backgrounds in terms of general education and lifelong learning. Equally, material studied would be useful for candidates intending to pursue careers in the field of Social Sciences.
 

What is the expectation of homework?

All homework will be set during the first lesson of the week and is due in the last lesson of the week. This will give ample opportunity for learners to complete their homework and seek support if they are struggling with it. Students will receive 5 hours of homework per week. Homework is set in preparation for forth coming topics taught in lessons and therefore sets the scene for individual units of study. Students who complete all homework will be in a stronger position to understand the lesson content. Mini quizzes and tests will take place at the start of each lesson to check that homework has been completed. 
 

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods
 
  • The role and functions of the education system, including its relationship to the economy and to class structure.
  • Differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society.
  • Relationships and processes within schools, with particular reference to teacher/pupil relationships, pupil identities and subcultures, the hidden curriculum, and the organisation of teaching and learning.
  • The significance of educational policies, including policies of selection, marketisation and privatisation, and policies to achieve greater equality of opportunity or outcome, for an understanding of the structure, role, impact and experience of and access to education; the impact of globalisation on educational policy.
 
Paper 2: Topic in Sociology - Option 1 - Culture & Identity
 
  • Different conceptions of culture, including subculture, mass culture, folk culture, high and low culture, popular culture and global culture.
  • The socialisation process and the role of the agencies of socialisation.
  • The self, identity and difference as both socially caused and socially constructed.
  • The relationship of identity to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexuality and social class in contemporary society.
  • The relationship of identity to production, consumption and globalisation. 
 
Paper 2: Topic in Sociology - Option 2 – Stratification & Differentiation
 
  • Stratification and differentiation by social class, gender, ethnicity and age.
  • Dimensions of inequality: class, status and power; differences in life-chances by social class, gender, ethnicity, age and disability.
  • The problems of defining and measuring social class; occupation, gender and social class.
  • Changes in structures of inequality, including globalisation and the transnational capitalist class, and the implications of these changes.
  • The nature, extent and significance of patterns of social mobility.
 
Paper 3: Crime & Deviance with Theory & Methods
 
  • Crime, deviance, social order and social control.
  • The social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime.
  • Globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes.
  • Crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies. 
 
Course Assessment:
Paper 1 - 2 hour written exam (33.3% of total A’ Level)
Paper 2 - 2 hour written exam (33.3% of total A’ Level)
Paper 3 - 2 hour written exam (33.3% of total A’ Level)
 
 

What other opportunities exist outside of class?

Students who study Sociology at A Level are found in a wide range of occupations. This might lead to jobs in social services, education, criminal justice, welfare services, government, counselling, charities and the voluntary sector. They include charity fundraiser, community development worker, counsellor, lecturer, housing officer, teacher, probation officer, social researcher, social worker and welfare rights adviser. There are a range of specific abilities and skills associated with the study of sociology, but there are also wider transferable skills that you can develop. The specific skills include ability to judge and evaluate evidence; understanding the complexity and diversity of situations, including organisations themselves; collecting information; making reasoned and logical arguments. Sociology students will also develop a wider set of transferable skills like team-working; verbal communication skills; showing initiative; being able to work in a way that is supportive of equality and diversity in the workplace.
 

What equipment do I need to be successful?

We expect all of the learners at Magna to attend their lessons with the correct equipment so that their learning is not affected. All learners should have pens, pencils, a ruler, a rubber, a protractor, a pair of compasses and a scientific calculator (preferably Casio fx-85GT Plus). They are also required to purchase the specified textbooks, which are listed below:
 
  • AQA Sociology AS by Newbold, Peace & Swain et al
  • AQA Sociology A2 by Cameron, Flowers & Hart et al