Man makes their own history, but they do not make it as they please. - Karl Marx
Sociology is the study of the development, structure and functioning of society. It takes everything we know to be true and flips it on its head!
Sociologists study people in society by looking at small groups, such as the individual family unit, to large organisations, such as the education system. During the A Level, students will examine a range of concepts through the eyes of the different sociologists such as: Functionalists, Marxists and Feminists. Students therefore develop analytical and evaluative skills surrounding real world concepts, giving them a transferable set of skills applicable to higher education and/or employment.
Throughout the two year course students will study the following modules: Theory and Methods, Education, Families and Households, Beliefs in Society and Crime and Deviance. Students will investigate the democratic process in making anti-discrimination legislation, family law, educational policies and our criminal justice system. Not only do we look in to the history of the UK, but we make comparisons to nations around the world.
Sociology is an essay based subject which falls under the umbrella of social sciences. This means that not only do students have the opportunity to grow and develop their written skills, they also will get the chance to partake in real sociological investigations. This allows them to put themselves in to the mind of the researcher.
A great sociology student is an individual who is willing to think critically about what is “normal” and challenge and debate the varying perspectives. The A level is a challenging academic subject which is woven in to our day to day lives. Students are expected to keep up to date with current affairs and apply their sociological understanding to the world around us.