Sociology

Introduction

Sociology is part of a wider Social Science department, together with psychology. The two specialist sociology teachers are part of a diverse but integrally linked department with a wide range of expertise and experience in our different subject areas.

Teaching & Learning

A variety of teaching and learning styles are used throughout the course. The focus is on active learning with students encouraged to research issues for themselves, often with the aim of presenting to the group or taking part in a debate about a key social issue. Different forms of media are used as appropriate during the course and students are encouraged to develop and carry out their own research
methods.

Facilities

We are a well-resourced department with a dedicated classroom. We using online lectures and resources to support learning.

Enrichment

Drop-in support and revision sessions are offered to students throughout the year. In addition, we are developing links with local universities and offer visits and trips to conferences when relevant to the content taught.

Revision

The course information below is only an outline of course content / learning objectives and should NOT be used as a guide to the topics for revision purposes.  Detailed guidance for revision for this subject can be found as follows:

  • GCSE courses will be assessed using the topic content of Years 9, 10 & 11
  • A level / Level 3 courses will be assessed using the topic content of Years 12 & 13 –  please click here for detailed revision advice

Curriculum

Year Course & Topics covered Level Contact for more detail
 9, 10 and/or11

WJEC GCSE Sociology

  • Key concepts and processes in sociology
  • Families
  • Education
  • Sociological research methods
  • Theoretical perspectives on inequality
  • Crime and deviance
  • Applied methods of sociological enquiry

The specification for this course can be found by clicking here.

 GCSE  Ms A Sugden – asugden@heathfieldcc.co.uk
12

AQA GCE Sociology

Unit 1: Education with Methods in Context

  • The role and functions of the education system, including its relationship to the economy and to class structure
  • Differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society
  • Relationships and processes within schools, with particular reference to teacher/pupil relationships, pupil identities and subcultures, the hidden curriculum, and the organisation of teaching and learning
  • The significance of educational policies, including policies of selection, marketisation and privatisation, and policies to achieve greater equality of opportunity or outcome, for an understanding of the structure, role, impact and experience of and access to education; the impact of globalisation on educational policy.
  • Students must be able to apply sociological research methods to the study of education
GCE AS Level & Year 1 GCE A Level Exam assessed worth 50% of total AS Ms A Sugden – asugden@heathfieldcc.co.uk
  Unit 2: Culture and Identity with Research Methods

  • Different conceptions of culture, including subculture, mass culture, folk culture, high and low culture, popular culture and global culture
  • The socialisation process and the role of the agencies of socialisation
  • The self, identity and difference as both socially caused and socially constructed
  • The relationship of identity to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexuality and social class in contemporary society
  • The relationship of identity to production, consumption and globalisation.
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods of research; research design
  • Sources of data, including questionnaires, interviews, participant and non-participant observation, experiments, documents and official statistics
  • The distinction between primary and secondary data, and between quantitative and qualitative data
  • The relationship between positivism, interpretivism and sociological methods; the nature of ‘social facts’
  • The theoretical, practical and ethical considerations influencing choice of topic, choice of method(s) and the conduct of research.

 

The specification for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCE AS Level & Year 1 GCE A Level Exam assessed worth 50% of total AS Mrs Sam White swhite@heathfieldcc.co.uk
 13

AQA GCE Sociology

Unit 1: Education with Theory and Methods

  • Consensus, conflict, structural & social action theories
  • Concepts of modernity and post-modernity
  • The nature of science and the extent to which Sociology can be regarded as scientific
  • The relationship between theory and methods
  • Debates on subjectivity, objectivity and value freedom
  • The relationship between Sociology and social policy
GCE A Level Year 2 Exam assessed worth 33.3% of final grade Ms A Sugden – asugden@heathfieldcc.co.uk
 

Unit 2: Beliefs in Society

  • Ideology, science and religion, including both Christian and non-Christian religious traditions
  • The relationship between social change and social stability, and religious beliefs, practices and organisations
  • Religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements, and their relationship to religious and spiritual belief and practice
  • The relationship between different social groups and religious/spiritual organisations and movements, beliefs and practices
  • The significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world, including the nature and extent of secularisation in a global context, and globalisation and the spread of religions.

 

GCE A Level Year 2 Exam assessed worth 33.3% of final grade  
 

Unit 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

  • The nature and role of crime, deviance, social order and social control
  • The social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, including
  • Recent patterns and trends in crime
  • Globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes
  • Crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.

The specification for this course can be found by clicking here.

GCE A Level Year 2 Exam assessed worth 33.3% of final grade