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Sociology at The Boswells School

Course description

Sociology is the systematic study of human social behaviour. It looks at how society works and how the various parts of society relate to each other. The main features of the course include the different views sociologists have about the subject; the disagreements surrounding the nature of society & the various ways in which researchers learn about the social world. We follow the AQA specification, made up of four distinct modules. In addition to this several themes run through the AS & A2 courses, including culture, identity, power, social class, gender & ethnicity.

In the AS year students study two modules:

  • In Unit 1 (1 hour paper) we study Families and Households. Areas studied in Unit 1 include: The Role of the Family; Changing Family Patterns and Diversity; and Demographic Trends in the UK.
  • In Unit 2 (2 hour paper) we study and Education and Methods. Areas studied in Unit 2 include: The Role of Education; Differential Educational Achievement; Relationships and Processes within School; The impact of Educational Policies; Sociological Research Methods; and the application of Sociological Research Methods to the study of Education.

In the A2 year students study two modules:

  • In Unit 3 (90 minute paper) we study Beliefs in Society. Areas studied in Unit 3 include: The Role of Religion in a global context; Secularisation; Religious organisations; movements and membership; and Ideology and Science.
  • In Unit 4 (2 hour paper) we study Crime and Deviance, and Theory and Methods. Areas studied in Unit 4 include: Theories of Crime and Deviance; The social distribution of crime and deviance; Globalisation and Crime; Crime control, prevention, punishment and victimisation; the sociological study of suicide; Theory and Methods; and the application of Sociological Research Methods to the study of crime and deviance.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 September 2014

Key information

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

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