Sociology is part of the Social Sciences faculty.
Sociology is the study of society and of people and their behaviour. Sociologists study a wide range of topics and we look at a range of theoretical explanations of the patterns we find in society.
Sociology provides a challenging alternative to some of the more traditional courses, and provides the knowledge and skills to critically engage with key issues facing contemporary societies including globalisation; criminality; the changing nature of education and the family; gender roles and sexuality; and the impact of the media.
In addition to Sociological theories we place a strong emphasis on developing social science research skills – being able to plan and evaluate social research skills, so valued by employers and universities.
The skills developed through the study of Sociology are of general application and will prove useful in a range of other subjects and future careers.
The Sociology syllabus aims to:
- Encourage students to become critical thinkers, assessing and evaluating theories and research.
- Provide students with the opportunity to explore the social changes reshaping the world today and apply sociological ideas to explain these changes.
- Develop research skills.
- Develop a lifelong interest in social issues.
Accommodation and Resources
Sociology is based in the Sixth Form centre. Students have lessons in classrooms with interactive whiteboards which encourage a variety of teaching methods including illustration of topics being studied through contemporary news stories and debates. Our ethos is to promote engagement and awareness of current social issues and to conduct research, challenge theories and be able to discuss solutions to these issues, and promote the desire to want to solve them.
Key Stage 5
We follow the AQA specification for ‘A’ Level which includes the following topics:
- Families and households
- Beliefs in society
- Crime and deviance
- Research methods
The Sociology department offer sessions for revision and extra guidance outside of lessons.
Opportunities are constantly being sought to engage students further in the curriculum. We have invited Sandra Gregory who discussed her experiences of spending time in Bangkok and UK prisons with AS Sociology students, we have visited Birmingham Crown Court to see a trial in action. Ex-offenders have also talked to sociology students about their time in prison, and life beyond the prison walls, which was a conference the students will never forget.