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Sociology AS & A Level at King George V College

Course description

Sociology is the study of human relationships and behavior, and will help you to develop a critical outlook on the world. The main focus is on contemporary society. For instance, some issues covered include the importance of consumerism in the formation of our identities and ask questions such as why is it that some social groups are said to be more criminal or deviant than others?

Sociology at KGV will help you to think like a sociologist, embrace a sociological imagination and enable you to question the empirical world and assumptions in an open, supportive and vibrant learning environment. The course is designed to foster your development of critical and reflective thinking whilst encouraging a respect and awareness of social and cultural diversity, and inequality. You will also develop research skills relating to contemporary social issues.

If you are someone who likes to question, debate and delve deep into understanding human relationships and behaviour, then sociology is for you.

Course content

First Year

Education with Methods in context

  • the role and functions of the education system
  • differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society
  • relationships and processes within schools and the  organisation of teaching and learning.
  • the significance of educational policies for an understanding of the structure, role, impact and experience of and access to education;  and the impact of globalisation on educational policy.

Research methods with Topics in Sociology (Families and Households)

  • quantitative and qualitative methods of research
  • sources of data, including questionnaires, interviews, participant and non-participant observation, experiments, documents and official statistics
  • 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.

Second Year

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

  • crime, deviance, social order and social control
  • the social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime
  • globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes
  • crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.

Topics in Sociology: Beliefs in society

Entry requirements

A good Sociology student has a huge interest in society and human behavior, and will thrive in questioning and investigating trends and patterns in society. You should enjoy debating issues that arise from enquiry, in an atmosphere of mutual respect for different points of view. Above all, a good Sociology student must enjoy reading and keeping in touch with current affairs – it’s your world, too!

Future opportunities

The majority of our students opt to study sociology at University. A good number go for related courses such as youth studies or criminology. Career choices include journalism, teaching, media work, social policy advisor, police officer, social worker, probation officer, caring professions, to name just a few.

Further information

Students have the opportunity to join the Philosophy Symposium – a very popular debating forum during which current affairs are debated in conjunction with sociological theories and research findings. There is also a Criminology enrichment which offers all students an excellent opportunity to see how Sociology can be applied to the real world. It enables students to understand what it takes to work as a criminologist and also offers useful information on applying for criminology at University.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King George V College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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