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Sociology at Goffs School

Course description

Margaret Thatcher said that there is “no such thing as society”. However, the point of sociology is to demonstrate just how strong the social forces that organise society in very different ways are. Throughout the course, you will see how societies shape the different opportunities that people have within them. For example, where you were born, and when, has radically shaped much of what you know and what you can do. After encountering sociology, you may never see the world again with the same way.

The need to understand the society in which we live now is urgent. The pace of change continues to be so rapid that the elderly Orville Wright (1871-1948) – the first person to fly an aircraft a few metres (1903) – could have met the teenager, Neil Armstrong (born 1930), who was to be the first human being to walk on the Moon (1969). Although such momentous achievements have been made, the fact remains that on planet Earth 18 children die every minute as a consequence of malnutrition.

Therefore, a Sociologist asks whether we are in a society dominated by a ruling class who control and exploit us or whether individual self interest is in fact a good thing as it promotes innovation and economic growth. It also asks whether we are ‘socialised’ to accept certain values and norms or whether we are independent thinkers free to make our own choices in life.

The AS/A2 courses should enable you to:
• Acquire knowledge and understanding of contemporary social pressures and structures.
• Appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate.
• Understand sociological methodology and a range of research methods.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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