Hopefully this course is about a lot more than just a piece of paper. Most students leave the course with a real sense of what their society and culture is all about and why they act and think in the way that they do. Discussion skills are much improved as students frequently have the opportunity to debate and listen to other points of view. Equally, we tend to see that a more confident and fluent written style has developed and that students are well equipped for independent learning and research skills
What will you be learning?
Introducing socialisation, culture & identity
You are introduced to the key themes of socialisation, culture and identity and will then develop these themes through three options. These options develop skills that enable you to focus on your personal identity, roles and responsibility within society and develop a lifelong interest in social issues. You will study one of these three topics: Families and relationships, Youth subcultures or the Media.
Researching & understanding social inequalities
Component 2 introduces and explores the methods of sociological research and develops your knowledge and understanding of contemporary social processes and social change in the context of social inequality and difference. It develops links between the nature of sociological theory and the practical methods of sociological research. So here we look at the main stages of the research process and which methods are used in sociological research. We then apply this to inequality. We ask what are the main patterns and trends in social inequality and difference? How can patterns and trends in social inequality and difference be explained?
Debates in contemporary society
In Component 3 we will examine some key debates and how these relate to a contemporary global society. The component develops knowledge and understanding of social processes and social change. Contemporary and global debates are introduced first. So we explore Globalisation and the digital social world. It gives you the opportunity to consider developments in digital forms of communication within global society and how these developments are related to social capital. You will gain an overview of how Marxists, feminists and postmodernists view digital forms of communication and the impact of digital social communication – whether this is on people’s identity, social inequalities or relationships. You will also be able to consider the impact on culture in terms of conflict and change, cultural homogenisation and culture defence.
In the second section of this component you will study one of three options though all three include a global aspect. They are: Crime and deviance, Education or Religion, belief and faith.
How is it assessed?
Y13: 3 x external examinations, 100%
5 A*-C GCSEs including English language & maths. If studied, minimum grade B in GCSE sociology.