What is it?
The study of society including families, education, beliefs and crime. We investigate the role of social, economic, political and cultural forces in shaping the lives of individuals today.
Why study this subject at Blackpool Sixth?
Sociology is a popular and academically demanding subject which requires a wide range of skills. Students enjoy the variety of activities in lessons and the frequent opportunities to take part in class discussions and engage in debates about current issues. This fascinating, contemporary course focuses on the interaction processes which occur between groups of people throughout our society and the impact that social structures have. Differing sociological perspectives offer varying explanations of human behaviour and you will explore and debate theories including Marxism and Feminism. A keen interest in world affairs and issues relating to class, gender, ethnicity, equality and prejudice is essential
“The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden.”
What skills will I develop?
- Essay writing
- Developing an argument with justification
- Analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
- Verbal communication
- Written communication
- Team work
- Presentation skills
- Evaluating sources
How will I be taught?
Diverse range of teaching methods including: collaborative learning; independent learning; flipped learning; presentations; online learning via Google Classroom; peer teaching.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed via 100% examination, comprising of three, two-hour examinations at the end of the second year.
There is a wealth of knowledge in the Sociology department. Staff are experienced teachers all of whom have years of AQA examining experience.
Field trips, projects and employability opportunities
Our students have had the privilege of attending lectures with leading writers in the field of Sociology. ‘We also attend an annual Criminology conference in Manchester and visit religious places of worship such as Buddhist temples and the church of Scientology centre to enhance student knowledge on the sociology of religion. Our students have also recently visited London and Berlin as part of residential visits that have been organised for sociology students. Students are also given the opportunity to sample taster sessions at high tariff universities.
Where does it lead?
A range of professions predominantly working with people. Many of our students choose to continue sociology at university or specialise in certain fields such as criminology, women’s studies, social policy, education or social work.
The department is part of the ‘technology for learning’ scheme, therefore an electronic device (e.g. Chromebook) is compulsory to study this subject.
- Grade 5 in GCSE English Language is preferred.
What will I study?
- Families and households – why has there been an increase in divorce? Is the position of children better in society today than 100 years ago?
- Education – why are girls achieving higher than boys in education? What social and political changes have taken place in education over the last 100 years?
- Research methods – which is the best research method to use to investigate society? How do sociologists ensure they obtain truthful data for their research?
- Sociological theory – theories such as Marxism, feminism and postmodernism.
- Beliefs in society – has there been a decline in religious beliefs in the UK? What motivates people to join new religious movements such as cults and sects?
- Crime and deviance – what motivates people to turn to crime? Is imprisonment effective?
- Debates in sociology – does sociology influence government laws and policies?
- Is sociology a science? Further study into sociological theory and methods – is society based on harmony or conflict?