Sociology is the study of people in social groups. Human beings are social animals who need others in order to survive and sociology deals with how societies are constructed.
It investigates patterns of human behaviour: of interaction and cooperation, inequality and conflict. It examines where our beliefs, routines and aspirations come from and how these are influenced by social factors.
GCSE Sociology is an interesting and worthwhile course in terms of general education. It encourages a knowledge and critical understanding of contemporary society and the processes and changes we are all subject to. As one student notes, “Sociology offers a chance to discover how brilliant you can be if you think critically”. Furthermore it stimulates a lifelong interest in social issues.
A good grasp of English is useful to both the discursive nature of the subject and the demands of essay writing. Students should be keen observers of human behaviour who love ‘people watching’. They should also be willing to challenge their own and other people’s preconceptions and should never be prepared to take things at face value.
We study the following modules in Year One:
- Sociological Research Methods
We study the following modules in Year Two:
- Crime & Deviance
- Social Stratification
|Exams at the end of Year 2: Each paper lasts one hour and 45 minutes|
|Paper 1: Families, Education and Research Methods.|
Paper 2: Crime & Deviance, Social Stratification and Methodology.
Where does it lead?
The study of sociology is a good grounding for working with people whether in business, law, medicine, education or social work. It increases awareness and sensitivity and deepens our understanding of the society we live in.
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Owens, R. and Woodfield, L. (2017) AQA GCSE Sociology London: Hodder Education