Sociology A2 at Queensbury School
Sociology is scientific study of society. it is about all kinds of social relationships that people share with each other; in their families, schools and in work.
Unit 3 - Mass Media
* The relationship between ownership and control of the mass media.
* The mass media, globalisation and popular culture.
* The processes of selection and presentation of the content of the news.
* Media representations of age, social class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability.
* The relationship between the mass media, media content and presentation, and audiences.
* The new media and their significance for an understanding of the role of the media in contemporary society.
Unit 4 - Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
Crime and Deviance
* Different theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control.
* The social distribution of crime and deviance by age, ethnicity, gender, locality and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime.
* Globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the mass media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes.
* Crime control, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.
* The sociological study of suicide and its theoretical and methodological implications.
* The connections between sociological theory and methods and the study of crime and deviance.
Theory and Methods
Candidates should examine the following areas, which are also studied at AS Level:
* Quantitative and qualitative methods of research; their strengths and limitations; research design.
* Sources of data, including questionnaires, interviews, observation (participant and nonparticipant), experiments, documents, and official statistics; the strengths and limitations of these sources.
* The distinction between primary and secondary data, and between quantitative and qualitative data.
* The relationship between positivism, interpretivism and sociological methods; the nature of 'social facts'.
* The theoretical, practical and ethical considerations influencing choice of topic, choice of method(s) and the conduct of research.
A2 candidates should also:
* Demonstrate a wider range and greater depth of knowledge and understanding than at AS Level.
You will need a minimum of 5 A*-C grades (or equivalent) in your GCSEs, including at least a grade C in the related subject.
Through a combination of written exams & coursework.
Career Options - teaching, journalism, police and social research, social planning and social work.
Please contact a member of the sociology team for further information.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queensbury School directly.