Welcome to the Sociology Department
Sociology is the study of how society is organized and how we experience life; a study of the way people are affected by society, and how society is affected by people. Sociology involves studying human beings and their patterns of behaviour. For example, how people form relationships and group behaviour; the effect that the groups people join or are born into (family, work, education) have upon people’s social behaviour. Sociological theories and ideas can help us to find some of the answers to current social issues.
Key Stage Five
Course Content - What will I study?
- Sociology students will acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes, structures and changes.
- Students begin to explore why different people act in different ways, in short, to what extent are individuals shaped by their social backgrounds.
- Students will be encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness and reflect on their own experiences through active engagement with the contemporary social world.
- A range of audio-visual resources provide the essential context to a number of sociological issues, for example, crime and deviance, poverty and wealth . Alongside these, a number of textbooks, class debate and many different articles are used to help students develop a critical, rigorous and analytical approach to their studies.
- Unit 1: Culture and Identity, Families and Households and Wealth, Poverty and Culture.
- Unit 2: Education, Health and Sociological Methods.
- Unit 3: Beliefs in Society, Global Developments, Mass Media and Power and Politics.
- Unit 4: Crime and Deviance, Stratification and Differentiation, Sociological Theory and Research Methods.
How will my progress be tested and examined?
Examination based. Structured questions and essays.
Progression - How will the study of Government & Politics benefit students’ future education and career?
Studying this subject will enable students to:
- Develop Critical Thinking skills.
- Enhance problem solving skills.
- Develop excellent essay writing skills.
There are many careers which Sociologists go on to work within:
- Further Academic Study at University.
- Criminal Justice System roles.
- Market Research.
- Social Work.