Sociology provides students with a language, with which to critically evaluate their social world. Sociologists should seek to understand the development, structure, and functioning of human society. Sociology asks fundamental questions on whether human action is determined or negotiated through agency. It asks difficult questions which should challenge students existing assumptions on the nature of social life. Students, in turn, should use these theories and concepts to question the world around them, and ask questions of others. Sociologists should be critical, have a thirst for knowledge and learning. It further questions the nature of academic research and its methods and the very nature of truth. This allows learners to question the very nature of the social world and whether social policies are able to create change, or are parts of the problem.
Sociology has been a popular A level course for many years at Allerton Grange, with many of our students choosing to study it beyond A level at University. We follow the AQA specification.
Sociology is the study of society and the way in which it operates. It looks at the various differing perspectives on the relationship between society and individuals, and then uses these perspectives to investigate elements of society. If you have an open mind and are interested in the way in which people interact, then this course would suit you.
You will gain an insight into the world and a realisation that few things in life have right or wrong answers, just different views. The course requires a lot of written work and a critical approach. Students with a wide knowledge tend to do well, especially with those with an understanding of the other social sciences.
Sociology fits well with other social sciences, such as Economics, Psychology, History or Politics, as well as Humanities, such as Geography and Religious Studies.
Year 13 students continue with their sociological studies with AQA by studying 2 new main topics.
Autumn Term - Global Development
• Key sociological theories on the nature, existence and persistence of Global Inequality.
• Definitions and measures of Devleopment.
• Isuues of development such as the role of Governments, TNC’s and NGO’s in development.
Spring Term - Crime and Deviance
Key sociological theories on Crime, Deviance, victims and punishment are explored in this unit which includes;
• Definitions of crime
• Theories of criminality
• Social distribution of criminality by class, gender and ethnicity
• Role of Media, State, the Criminal Justice system.
• Globalisation and crime.
In addition to the new topics, we will also spend time in Year 13 revising the topics from Year 12 in order to prepare for the examinations.
There will be 3 examinations at the end of Year 13 which will examine all of the content from Year12 and 13. Each examination will last 2 hours and will be a combination of short and extended written answers.
Catch up sessions are available EVERY Tuesday and Thursday in the pod. Students are encouraged to attend to aid their progress. In some cases, where students are making very slow progress, attendance will be made compulsory.
More information can be found at http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/as-and-a-level/sociology-7191-7192
Sociology provides you with good analytical thinking skills which are sought after by universities and employers. Many of our students follow degrees in sociology or combined degrees involving sociology at university.