Sociology is the scientific study of society, which enables us to understand its structure and dynamics. It looks at the relationship between institutions of power and the people, as well as the values, norms and customs of society. Sociology explores the workings of society, as well as theories and methods used to try to understand and explain it.
Anyone who is interested in the workings of society and the government’s attitude towards this would benefit from studying sociology. It encourages students to think critically about the world around them and will enable them to break free from the hegemony. The subject builds up students skills in communicating opinions effectively, whilst teaching them the discipline to support conclusions with detailed, reasoned evidence. It also enables students to understand the processes, thought and ethics that goes into research, empowering them with the tools to carry out their own research.
- To encourage independent learners, listeners and thinkers
- To provide enjoyable courses, that will stimulate interest and enthusiasm in the subjects
- To provide a truly embedded, diverse curriculum, committed to exploring different theories of society
- To challenge prejudice and to address the moral issues thrown up by any study
- To provide the questions to assist students in developing skills of analysis and argument – both oral and written
- To guide students in opening their minds to alternative ideas and outcomes
- To ensure students achieve to the best of their ability
- To assist students in the discovery and understanding of the world that is constructed around them
GCE A Level Exam Board: AQA
Studying sociology at A level combines well with other humanities and social science courses, as well as many other A level combinations, to lead to university courses in such areas as criminology, sociology, the media and education. It could lead to careers in sociology, such as the social work, education, public services, marketing, research, journalism, etc.
The attached subject handbook delivers a full summary of the curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact for this subject. For further information about studying Sociology please select the corresponding Long Term Plan from the attachments section.
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