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Sociology is the study of society, the people within it and their behaviour. The course provides pupils with an understanding of sociological theories such as Feminism, Marxism, the New Right, and the application of these theories to everyday issues. Pupils will consider a range of topics such as the current education system, the changing nature of families and whether religious beliefs are still significant in today’s society. This is an interesting and enjoyable subject which will open your eyes and may even lead you to question the way you think. It will be a new subject at A Level for you and it is not expected that you will have any prior knowledge apart from your own experiences in families, education and religious organisations. Crime and deviance may very well surprise you and this is also particularly useful if you study Forensic Psychology.

Course Content: Year 12

In Year 12 you will study education, sociological methods and families and households. The Education unit is a study of our education system, its role in society and how the individual views education. Explanations of success and failure in education are assessed from the point of view of social class, gender and ethnicity. Sociological Methods provides pupils with a thorough background to the methods by which sociologists collect data such as experiments, observations, interviews and questionnaires. We also consider how this data is analysed and used to make conclusions. Families and households covers a wide range of items including changing patterns of marriage with families being so diverse these days. Gender roles, domestic labour and relationships within the family in society are studied as well as childhood and the status of children within families.

Year 13

In Year 13, we begin with studying crime and deviance with theory and methods investigates social order and social control but also how ethnicity, gender and social class can be influential. Recent patterns and trends in crime are also part of the course and you may be surprised how the use of knives and acid attacks has demonstrated trends. We also look at crime from a global aspect too so drugs consumed here may have been produced in Afghanistan, Colombia or even as close as a warehouse on an industrial estate. Beliefs in society is also broad in coverage looking at ideology, science and religion. Over time, traditional religions have been central to relationships between social change and social stability. Now other religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements have emerged so we look at these. It’s not a course on religion but an examination of a particular function within society, and quite influential too.

This subject is very useful for pupils intending to pursue university courses and careers in a wide variety of subjects such as Criminology, Social Work, Human Resources, Teaching and the Police. As a Social Science it combines well with all other subjects offered such as Psychology, English, Geography and History.

This subject is taught at Loughborough Amherst School.