Sociology

 

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Subject Leader: Mrs C Conroy

Subject Leader Email Address: carry.conroy@swale.at

 

The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden.

PIERRE BOURDIEU

Subject overview

Ever wondered how we developed into the society we are today? How the way you see yourself determines the way people identify you? Whether men or women are more likely to commit a crime?

You will study: 
Education and methods in context: You’ll consider the role of education in society. For example, as part of your studies you’ll look into gender and ethnicity differences in school achievement. You’ll also learn how to apply your own sociology research methods to the study of education. 

Research methods: You’ll learn how to conduct your own sociological research, from interviews to reviewing documents and official statistics.

In the second year of the A level course you’ll broaden your understanding of society. You will study:
Crime and deviance with theory and methods: You’ll learn about criminal and deviant behaviour, including factors that might lead a person to follow this path in life and how the media portrays them.

Theory and methods: you’ll expand on your knowledge of research methods and study theory and methods. 

You will also study these two topics over the course:

  • Families and households
  • Beliefs in society 

Sixth Form

You will learn a number of skills including the use of evidence to support your arguments, how to investigate facts, and critical thinking. It is relevant to the society you live in so you are bound to enjoy learning about topics that are relevant to everyday life; plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers. 

Studying sociology offers insights into social and cultural issues. It helps you develop a multi-perspective and critical approach to understanding issues around culture, identity, religion, crime, families and social power. More than once during the course you’re bound to ask yourself the question, “why has society developed like this, with poverty, ignorance, crime and injustice?”

Studying sociology can give you a whole host of exciting career options, including social work, human resources, advertising, policing, marketing, journalism, law and teaching.