“The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden.” – Pierre Bourdieu
The Sociology specification encourages students to acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and social changes. Students will learn to appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues through sociological debates. As the course progresses students will develop an understanding and evaluate sociological methodology including a range of research methods through active involvement in the research process.
Sociology develops students’ ability to interpret and evaluate evidence and present evidence and argument through a variety of topics, such as education, the family, crime and deviance, and global development. Students work on their ability to distinguish between facts, opinions and value judgements, select and apply a range of relevant concepts and theories, interpret qualitative and quantitative data and identify and evaluate significant social trends shown in evidence.
All areas will be assessed by examination, students will be required to organise evidence and communicate arguments in a coherent manner. Within their work, students will demonstrate an awareness and understanding of theoretical debates in sociology and use evidence to support and sustain arguments and conclusions.
A variety of trips, visiting speakers and case studies are used to complement this course.
Sociology complements many subjects in Social Sciences or Arts. It is widely accepted by employers and universities as entry to a wide variety of courses due to it educating students in research, methodology and analysis. and careers.
This course will be exciting for students who are interested in news and current affairs, enjoy in class discussion and are keen to take on new challenges. However, students need a competent level of English at GCSE.
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