LEVEL: A Level – Linear
EXAM BOARD: AQA
WHY CHOOSE SOCIOLOGY?
Sociology aims to deepen a student’s awareness of the world in which he/she lives and their place within it. It gives an understanding of the social institutions such as families, education and the mass media as well as social processes such as socialisation and discrimination that influence behaviour and operate within society. Sociology can be thought provoking as it gives students the opportunity to challenge their personal views and assumptions. This subject focuses the issues faced by contemporary Britain such as crime, the role of the mass media and inequality. Students will become analytical and critical of the world around them and the theories that aim to explain society. Sociology helps students to develop skills desired by employers and higher educational institutions including research skills, communication skills, writing skills and the ability to analyse, evaluate and interpret data and information. Sociology is academic discipline that works well in combination with Psychology as well as other subjects within the humanities facility.
AIMS OF THE COURSE
Sociology aims to deepen a student’s awareness of the world in which he/she lives. It gives an understanding of the social structures and social processes that operate within society and that govern behaviour. Helping you to develop knowledge and understanding for balanced arguments and research techniques.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods – Different theories of crime, deviance & social control. Who commits the most crime? Do the media encourage crime? Does the criminal justice system punish appropriately? Are crime statistics true? Also, can sociology be value-free and should sociology be viewed as a science?
A LEVEL Unit 4:
The Media – Here we look at issues such as who owns and controls the media. Has globalisation changed entertainment and media? How is news selected and presented? Is the news objective?
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
There are three two-hour examination papers
Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods
Paper 2: Topics in Sociology – Families & Households and Media
Paper 3: Crime & Deviance with Theory and Methods
WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Sociology will equip you with a wide range of transferable skills which will open many doors of opportunity to you such as degrees in Sociology, Psychology, Social Policy, Criminology, Law, Nursing, Media, Philosophy, Counselling, Social anthropology, Primary education and Politics. Career choices include Education, Journalism, Advertising, Law, Teaching, Social Work, Health and Social Care, Probation and Youth work, Government advisory departments, Housing, Investigating justice and victim support