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Sociology at Bay House School and Sixth Form

Course description

Sociology is the study of societies and how they shape people’s ideas, their social behaviour and their cultures, and how, in turn, people interact together and shape their societies.

The aim of the course is for students to:

  • acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social changes
  • appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate
  • understand and evaluate sociological methodology
  • develop skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society
  • develop a lifelong interest in social issues

Course content

Year 1 modules

Unit 1: Socialisation and Culture

  • Section A focuses on key concepts and processes of cultural transmission, socialisation and the acquisition of identity.
  • Section B covers the Sociology of Families and Households, where we study topics such as family diversity, demographic changes and theoretical perspectives of family life. 
  • Section C relates to the Sociology of Education and considers issues including the functions of education, patterns of educational achievement and their causes, social policy and theoretical perspectives.

Unit 2: Methods of Sociological Enquiry

  • This unit is based on research methods.  Students will learn about a range of methods and apply this knowledge to contemporary sociological issues. 
  • In year 1, the students will need to demonstrate the ability to assess the methods used in a previous piece of research. 
  • In year 2, the students will learn how to plan their own research.

 

Year 2 Modules

Unit 3: Power and Stratification

  • Section A reflects on social class, gender, ethnicity and age inequality in the contemporary UK.  We also study and evaluate theories and explanations of inequality. 
  • Section B centres on the Sociology of Crime and Deviance, which involves looking at patterns of crime and deviance, ways of measuring crime, the social construction of crime and theoretical explanations of crime and deviance.

 

Entry requirements

  • English Language - C
  • Sociology - B (if taken)
  • In total, at least two B grades in literate subjects

Assessment

Unit 1: Socialisation and Culture

  • The unit is assessed by a 2½ hour paper and accounts for 70% of the AS course and 40% of the A Level course.

Unit 2: Methods of Sociological Enquiry

  • In year 1, the unit is assessed by a 1¼ hour paper and accounts for 30% of the AS course.
  • In year 2, the unit assessed by a 1¾ hour and accounts for 20% of the A Level course.

Unit 3: Power and Stratification

  • This unit is assessed by a 2½ hour paper and accounts for 40% of the A Level course.

 

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bay House School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2016

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