Sociology is the study of society. Society is the collection of all the people, communities and organisations that make up the country you live in. You can’t see or touch society, but you can see and touch the parts that make it up. When we study society, we tend to study these individual parts one at a time. We can then look at the whole picture and see how all the parts work together. For example, we study the family, the education system, the criminal justice system and the mass media. These are just some of the institutions and organisations that make up society.

As well as studying institutions we study social groups, for example ethnic groups, age groups and social class groups. We learn to understand how our individual experiences in society can be linked to our social background. We develop a sociological imagination. For example, when studying the education system, we learn that some social classes and ethnic groups tend to do better than others in school. We question this. Is it because some social groups are more intelligent than others? Or is it because the education system isn’t designed to help all students equally? These are big questions and there are lots more to tackle if you study Sociology.

Overview:

You will continue to work and learn in some of the ways you have been in your KS3 lessons. You will however learn to interpret information in a new way and evaluate it.

You will access information through a variety of sources, including pictures, essays and newspaper articles.

You will develop a range of techniques to present information.  This will include essays, but it will also be important to use a variety of methods. You will learn to answer exam questions to the best of your ability.

You will learn from discussions and will learn to importance of listening to others as well as having your say.

Paper 1
Unit 1: Studying Society; Education; Families

  • Written paper
  • Three sections- all to be answered
  • 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • 90 marks available
  • 50% of your GCSE

Paper 2
Unit 2: Crime and Deviance; MassMedia; Power; Social inequality

  • Written paper
  • Four sections- Three to be answered
  • 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • 90 marks available
  • 50% of your GCSE

 

Skills & competencies developed in this course:

Communication – discussions, making presentations, writing a range of documents and essays including evaluation skills

Research skills – researching; identifying, selecting and analysing evidence

Personal Organisation – planning, meeting deadlines and targets.