Topic 1: Education and Sociological Methods:
The study of our educational system; role and function; reasons for variation in outcome by class, gender, and ethnicity; relationships in schools; pupil identity and subcultures; the significance of educational policies.
Topic 2: Families and Households
Families and households; the relationship of the family to
social structure and change; changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, child-bearing and the life-course; gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships in the family; the nature of childhood; demographic trends in the UK since 1900.
Topic 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods:
The study of the sociological perspectives; differences in crime and deviance owing to gender, age, class, ethnicity and location; global crime; human rights and state crimes, crime control, prevention and punishment and the role of the criminal justice system and the sociological explanations for suicide. Students also study key debates in Sociology such as: Are we living in a postmodern world? Is Sociology a science? Is Sociology value-free?
Topic 4: Beliefs in Society
: The study of sociological perspectives and arguments around: ideology; science and religion; the relationship between social change and social stability; religious beliefs,
practices and organisations (including sects and New Age
movements); the relationship between different social groups and religious/spiritual organisations; and the significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world (including the nature and spread of secularisation).
Paper One: Education and Theory and Methods (written examination of 2 hours)
Paper Two: Topics in Sociology: Culture and Identity and Global Development (written examination of 2 hours)
Paper Three: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (written examination of 2 hours)
English Grade 5 or another humanities based subject at Grade 6.
You should be prepared to read articles and textbooks to study this course.