Type of Course: Sociology AS and A2
In a nutshell, sociology is a combination of history, human geography and politics. Sociology is the study of social behaviour and organisations. It looks at how we are moulded by culture and “packaged” by social institutions such as schools. Early sociologists like Marx, Weber and Durkheim were fascinated by the rapid changes to society that had taken place during the industrial revolution. We investigate the main methods sociologists use to do their research.
AS The Family. – The “dark side” of everyday life?
Education .– What are schools really for?
A2 Crime and Deviance – Who decides what behaviour gets punished?
The course is very interesting, but demanding. It incorporates a wide variety of teaching and learning styles. Good use is made of video and newspaper extracts and there is plenty of scope for discussion and group tasks. We investigate and evaluate the theories that sociologists use to explain patterns of behaviour in the education system and in the family. Sociologists believe that we are highly influenced by our family and the education system and seek to understand certain trends such as the decline in the birth rate and the difference in educational performance between boys and girls and between different ethnic groups. Have a look at some of the sociology texts in the library to find out more.
The status of the subject itself is also a matter of debate. Can you study human behaviour in an objective and value free way? Is sociology a science? Should social researchers working covertly be allowed to break the law if they infiltrate criminal gangs in order to gain a deeper insight into the motives behind criminal behaviour? Only take this course if you can cope with more difficult questions than easy answers!
2 modules will be assessed at AS Level
2 further modules will be assessed to complete the full A Level
Sociology students go on to study a wide range of courses at university. Recent examples have been Anthropology, Criminology, Law, History and Education. Sociology can be linked to careers in advertising, market research, the police, law, journalism, social work, education, public relations and personnel.