Sociology is the study of society. It focuses on institutions and systems that work together to ensure the smooth running of our world. Sociology also considers how individuals can be linked by common characteristics like class, gender and ethnicity, and how their experiences and life chances may be influenced by these characteristics. GCSE Sociology allows us to explore issues like problems in family life, quality of education or reasons for patterns in criminal offending.
“Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both” C. Wright Mills
Over the duration of a three-year course, students can expect to cover these modules:
- Discovering Society: Looking into the criminal justice system, the Government, the family, the mass media, religion, education and our health care system.
- Sociology Basics: Learning key concepts and ideas linked to social identity, culture, socialisation and processes within society
- Research Methods: Primary and secondary methods, qualitative and quantitative data and the research process
- Families and Households: family types, roles and relationships, the changing nature of childhood and the dark side of the family
- Education: the role and purpose of education, changes in educational policy, differences in achievement by class, gender and ethnicity
- Crime and Deviance: the difference between crime and deviance, patterns of offending, explanations of offending, crimes linked to globalisation such as fraud and drug trafficking
- Social Stratification: the distribution of power and status in society, social inequality and differences in life chances by class, gender, age and ethnicity.
Exam board website
Link to past papers
- http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/gcse/sociology-8192/assessment-resources (Link - specimen paper)
There will be two written examinations:
- Paper 1: The Sociology of Families and Education
- Paper 2: The Sociology of Crime and Deviance and Social Stratification
Ways to help my child succeed
The topics we cover in lessons relate to all our lives, so your child will be keen to discuss all things sociology related at great length! Pleases encourage this, spending time discussing and debating any issues or topics which come up.
They should have a strong understanding of current affairs and contemporary issues in the news.