Sociology is the study of society and is therefore concerned with what people do and why. Sociology is a theoretical subject which uses arguments and debates, both historical and contemporary, to makes sense of society and uses empirical evidence (evidence based on research) to fully investigate the society in which we live. Consider this, have you ever viewed yourself to be the author of your own destiny, through the choices and decisions you make? Or do you think that we are subjected to social forces and institutions that determine our behaviour as human beings? This is the central question within sociology, and one that continues to shape our understanding of humans within all aspects of society.
As we continue to experience an ever-changing world, you will consider global inequality, poverty, racism, sexism, disease, crime and family breakdown along with educational inequality. Sociology will provide you with the necessary tools to challenge taken for granted assumptions about our social world and our place in it.
You will study four components over a 2 year period: Education with Theory & Methods, Families & Households, Beliefs in Society and Crime & Deviance with Theory & Methods. The course is assessed by written examination only, of which you will sit three 2 hour papers.
You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs – 2 at Grade 6, including Sociology or another Humanities subject and 3 at Grade 5, including English.
You will need to read widely and follow current political and social affairs. A sense of curiosity for your social environment will be required.
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