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sociology

This course considers UK society today.  We look at: 
• Sociological ideas and theories such as Marxism and Functionalism
• Cultural perspectives such as feminism, postmodernity and subcultural resistance
• The methods and design of research used to obtain sociological data and analyse this

Our teacher on this course is a fellow of the RSA (The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). We also have partnerships with social scientists at the University of Hertfordshire.

 
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what is sociology?

Students explore the following two core themes across all areas of study:
• socialisation, culture and identity
• social differentiation, power and stratification.

We look at these themes across key areas of study including:
• Education
• Families and Households
• The Media
• Crime and Deviance

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key stage 5

AQA A Level Sociology

Course Link: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/as-and-a-level/sociology-7191-7192

Exams from: 2016 (AS), 2017 (A-level)

Specification code: 7191 7192

QAN code: 601/3995/X; 601/3994/8"

Sociology is the study of people and communities and how they are structured. We look at different institutions in society that serve us such as education, the legal system, family units, and the mass media. We learn about different critical perspectives and philosophies including functionalism, marxism, feminism, post modernity and more. We also look at sociological research and methods for how to conduct and evaluate studies into specific groups, issues and sociological phenomena.

Sociology is a fascinating subject for anyone who is interested in why people, communities and social groups function in the ways that they do. It is about understanding the world around us, the opportunities, systems and injustices in the world, and how to change these. It is an academic subject that requires a 5 or above in English and Maths, and leads really well into career paths including market research, government and politics, media business and management, education, health, welfare and the caring professions. It goes very well with subjects like Media Studies, A Level Drama, Film Studies, Maths, English Literature and A Level Art."

"Unit 1: Education

- Functionalist Perspectives

- Marxist and Neo-Marxist Perspectives

- Feminist Perspectives

- Perspectives of the 'New Right'

- Postmodernity

- In School Factors and Structures

- The Winners and Losers of the Education System

- State Intervention and Government Policies

Unit 1: Research Methods In Context

- Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

- Representativeness

- Practical Considerations When Conducting Research

- Ethics

- Positivism and Interpretivism

- Validity

- Interpreting Data

- Surveys, Questionnaires, Observations and Experiments

Unit 2: Families and Households

- The relationship of the family to the social structure and social change, with particular reference to

the economy and to state policies

- Changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, childbearing and the life course,

including the sociology of personal life, and the diversity of contemporary family and household

structures

- Gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships within the family in contemporary society

- The nature of childhood, and changes in the status of children in the family and society

- Demographic trends in the United Kingdom since 1900: birth rates, death rates, family size, life

expectancy, ageing population, and migration and globalisation

Unit 3: Crime and Deviants

- 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

Unit 4: Mass Media

- Ownership and Control

- Traditional Media and New Media

- Globalisation

- Hegemony and Pluralism

- Representation (Race, Gender, Disability and the Working Class)

- News Construction and Sourcing Truth

 
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industry links

The course leader is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).  EUTC structure the course to include a legitimate reseach project which is conducted and submitted for publishing in order to teach students about research methods in context in a project-based way.

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