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Sociology AS & A Level at Sir John Deane's College

Course description

Sociology is the study of society and the way people behave within it. This subject examines diverse topics from issues of crime and deviance to the formation of extreme religious groups. Studying sociology will help you to develop a critical awareness of how the world operates and why. Assessment of this course is by written examination.

Course content

Sociology will challenge you academically in its theoretical and empirical approach to the complex nature of society. It will also help you to develop strong evaluation and analytical skills, transferable across many subjects.

Topics you will study include Education and Families and Households. You will explore key sociological questions about how capitalism might promote changes to the Education system or look at how social media impacts on family life in the 21st Century.

We also teach Research Methods which involves methods such as covert observation, which could be used to study criminal gangs or secretive religious sects. Theory is also taught in Sociology; there are many, ranging from the classics such as Functionalism to the newer Postmodern approach.

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Opportunities include educational visits, as well as attending student events held at Lancaster University and trips to the Manchester Police Museum.

Future opportunities

Sociology is an academically demanding subject well regarded by universities and a qualification in Sociology can lead to a wide variety of careers as it develops skills that many employers seek in their employees.

Some of the more popular choices include law, the police, teaching, business management, journalism, personnel, nursing and marketing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Deane's College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Web url: www.sjd.ac.uk

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