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Sociology A Level at Kingsdale Foundation School

Course description

This course offers an engaging and effective introduction to Sociology. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by higher education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. They acquire the knowledge and understanding of central aspects of sociological thought and methods, together with the application of a range of skills.

Sociology is an excellent complement to other subjects in social sciences and humanities, such as Psychology, Politics, History and Geography but also works well with sciences.

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Year 12
Pupils are introduced to Sociology as a discipline where they learn key concepts, sociological methods and skills to examine the ways society influences us and shapes our daily lives. Research Methods are covered for questions in both papers and include; quantitative and qualitative methods; research design, sources of data, including questionnaires, interviews, participant and non-participant observation, experiments, documents and official statistics, the relationship between positivism, interpretivism and sociological methods; the nature of ‘social facts’, the theoretical, practical and ethical issues.

Paper 1–Education; the role and functions of education, educational achievement by social class, gender and ethnicity, teacher/pupil relationships, pupil identities and subcultures, the hidden curriculum, and the organisation of teaching and learning, the significance of educational policies, including of selection, marketisation and privatisation.

Paper 2 – Culture and Identity; different conceptions of culture, including subculture, mass culture, folk culture, high and low culture, popular culture and global culture; the socialisation process, the self, identity and difference, the relationship of identity to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexuality and social class in contemporary society, the relationship of identity to production, consumption and globalisation.

Year 13
Pupils will have covered the content for Paper 1 and one topic in Paper 2 in their first year. They will continue their A Level by learning the second topic for Paper 2 and start the full course for Paper 3.

Paper 2 - Beliefs in Society; ideology, science and religion, ,the relationship between social change and social stability, religious organisations, including cults and sects, the relationship between different social groups and religious/spiritual organisations and movements, beliefs and practices, the significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world, including the nature and extent of secularisation in a global context, and globalisation and the spread of religions.

Paper 3–Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods; the social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes, crime control, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system, conflict, structural and social action theories, the concepts of modernity and post-modernity in relation to sociological theory, the nature of science and the extent to which Sociology can be regarded as scientific, the relationship between theory and methods, debates about subjectivity, objectivity and value freedom, the relationship between Sociology and social policy.

 

Assessment

Paper 1 - 33.3% - 80 marks

Paper 2 - 33.3% - 80 marks

Paper 3 - 33.3% - 80 marks

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingsdale Foundation School directly.

Last updated date: 07 December 2017
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