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Sociology at John O'Gaunt School

Course description

What does the AS specification consists of and how is it assessed?Unit 1-Exploring socialisation, culture and identity.This unit concerns the influences on our early lives and what affects our thinking. This involves the part that the family, education and the media amongst others plays in shaping our thinking. This also includes looking at how some of the social values that we have can affect our thinking on identity. This will also look at the class structure of society and how they are viewed. This includes the role that youth sub-cultures play in our society and their effects.Students will also study a range of research methods and how the data that is collected is used. This will involve the construction of a research task with a question that needs to be solved.Unit 2-Topics in socialisation, culture and identity.This unit is made up of 2 in-depth studies of the role of families and the role of youth in today’s society. They explore the different family structures in society as well as the way that today’s youth cultures interact with other groups.These components are all assessed through written examinations.What does the A2 specification consist of and how is it assessed?A2 components will further develop those begun in year 12 with further studies of the roles of the media in society as well as the place of power and politics.

Future opportunities

What might I use this qualification for?The subject forms part of the critical thinking disciplines and students will often link this subject with other areas of study such as law and politics. It can also be combined with history and social science subjects. The analysis and debating skills used in this subject will prove useful in a variety of occupations including, but not limited to law, politics and social work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John O'Gaunt School directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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