Sociology

SOCIOLOGY

Aims

  • Sociology helps students develop a sense of self knowledge including an awareness and understanding of their own beliefs, values, norms and identity.
  • We enable students to acquire knowledge and insight into the values, influences, norms, beliefs and expectations of their own culture alongside other cultures
  • In Sociology we discuss the value of being a global citizen and explore contemporary arguments about globalisation and a global culture.
  • We aim to enable students to develop respect and empathy for other beliefs, emotions and identities.
  • Sociology also challenges student assumptions, stereotypes and prejudices.
  • Discussing different cultural traditions and how definitions of concepts such as gender are different within different cultures.

 

Teaching and Learning

We encourage students to relate positively to one another and work effectively through collaborative learning tasks including group work, discussions, class presentations, sharing findings from research. ICT is often used as a tool for delivering these tasks. Completing assignments help develop inter-personal skills and encourage students to work cooperatively whilst sharing their views and opinions.

Assessment for learning                            

Formal assessment by examination occurs at the end of the 2 year course; candidates will sit 3 examination papers

Home Learning

Students are expected to read lots of material, watch current affairs programmes and keep up to date with what is happening in society. Home learning tasks consist of completing essays, research, carrying out surveys, or completing observations.

Equipment

A4 folder; A4 notebook

Key Stage 5

Sociology

Programme of Study

Exam Board: AQA

Specification number: 7192

Year 12

Research Methods, Family and Education

Year 13

Research Methods, Crime & Deviance and Social Stratification

 

Accreditation Structure

 

Paper

Assessment

Weighting

1

Education with Theory and Methods

Written examination

 

2 hours

 

 

33.3%

2

Topics in Sociology (Family and Social Stratification)

Written examination

 

2 hours

 

 

33.3%

3 Crime & Deviance with Theory and Methods

Written examination

 

2 hours

 

 

33.3%

Additional Information

Sociology Film Club operates on a weekly basis where films that are linked to theories we are studying or which exemplify an aspect of research are explored. Revision sessions are held before exams. In the past the department held a successful Crime and Deviance conference where some eminent speakers from the legal profession, the police, prison charity, University of Greenwich spoke to our students.

Miss S Nayyar is available at lunchtimes to discuss any issues.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Please encourage your daughter to watch the news- daily ! Students are expected to present a round-up of the news on a rota basis within the class and will need to keep abreast of issues. Much of the exam syllabus now covers social policy, so it is vital that students learn as much as possible about how these policies affect people in real life.

There are some excellent websites:

http://www.sociologyguide.com/

http://sociologytwynham.com/

http://www.sociology.org.uk/

http://www.sociology.org.uk/drevise.htm

http://esociology.co.uk/

http://www.earlhamsociologypages.co.uk/

Sociology is a subject that requires the ability to write essays. There are some clips on youtube that may help: for example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrFLfVsJS78&safe=active .

Read through an essay, help with general punctuation and spellings.

You could further help by testing your daughter on any key words associated with a theory that she may be studying.

It is important to note that many online materials/ textbooks are specifically geared towards AQA.

This is not important – as most of the material overlaps with our syllabus. Please see the AQA website for the specification so that you can see the differences; otherwise these textbooks can also be very useful.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Miss S Nayyar Head of Sociology & Lead Practitioner

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  • Specialist Schools Trust
  • Sport England
  • Church of England Affiliation Scheme
  • The Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Healthy Schools
  • LIFE Education
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