Sociology at Ormiston Bushfield Academy
“The function of sociology is to reveal that which is hidden”
~ Pierre Bourdieu
Students begin their sociological journey by understanding the theoretical explanations of the family. They will learn about the purpose and function of a family, diverse family units and nationwide trends in topics such as divorce, mortality rates and variants of the traditional nuclear family. We also examine the concept of childhood and how it has changed.
After a period of learning about research methods, students to go out and carry out sociological research. The education module invites students to question the differences in attainment when considering sex, ethnicity and class as well as looking at the effects of labelling. Students then conduct studies of their own to discover the effects of labelling and how to combat negative discrimination. Research is an integral part of the course; as such, students will consider an array of studies – from the wild and wacky to the school based research.
- In Year 13 crime and deviance becomes the key module. Here students consider how our socialisation has the power to create conformists or criminals. Students consider themes such as geography, age, sex and ethnicity and the types of crimes committed by the rich and powerful. The theoretical components explain why certain people are more likely to commit crimes and why corporate crimes can easily go unnoticed while petty theft, violence and vandalism make up most of the crime statistics.
- A proportion of Year 13 is also spent looking at theory and methods whereby students take a detailed tour of the theories in sociology and the specific methods such theories utilise. Mass media is also a popular module. Here, students consider the effect of the media on societal and individual behaviour and consider whether we are what we watch!
Students often progress to university or other higher levels of education to pursue a range of courses from Journalism and Criminology to Sociology or Business.
Sociology equips students with an array of transferable skills which are often highly considered by potential employers and apprenticeship schemes.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ormiston Bushfield Academy directly.