There are several very similar definitions of Sociology including:
- The scientific study of human social life
- The scientific study of human relationships and their consequences
- The study of human society and social behaviour
- The description and explanation of social structures, social behaviour, and social interaction
Sociology requires open minds, critical thinkers, good organisation skills, and independent learners. The subject is constantly updating and as well as looking at 19th Century sociologists, we also analyse up to date studies and current affairs, where students also conduct their own group research project. Assessment is by three A Level exams at the end of Year 13. There will also be mock exams in Year 12.
Topics in Year 12: Education with Methods in Context - this module includes studying explanations of the role and purpose of education; sociological explanations of differential educational achievements of social groups by class, gender, and ethnicity; relationships and processes in schools such as subcultures and the hidden curriculum; educational policies; and sociological research methods.
Families and Households and Research Methods - this module includes studying the relationship of the family to social structure and social change; changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce and the life course; gender roles; changing status of childhood; and demographic trends since 1900.
Topics in Year 13: Beliefs in Society - this module includes studying different theories of religion, sociological explanations of the purpose and role of religion, religious organisations, religions and social groups, and the debate of secularisation.
Crime and Deviance with Theory and Research Methods - this module includes studying theories of crime and deviance; explanations of the social distribution of crime and deviance trends; contemporary issues in the sociology of crime such as effects of globalisation and the mass media; sociological views of the criminal justice system, and the study of research methods and theory.
This course requires students to complete extended essays and so a Grade 5 or above in English Language GCSE and English Literature GCSE is required.
For further information please visit www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology