A Level Sociology
Level of Course: Level 3
Aim of Course:
Sociology is the study of Society and how people interact with each other. It builds knowledge and a critical understanding of the social pressures and structures in the world as well as an appreciation about the different theories and concepts on how people view life. Studying Sociology enables students to reflect their own experience of life in an academic context.
The core themes of study are:
- Socialisation, Culture and Identity
- Social Differentiation, Power and Stratification
- Social Structure and Social Mobility
- The Role of Values
- Research Methods
The structure of the course is broken into three equally weighted papers of 2 hours each. They are:
Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods
Paper 2: Culture and Identity Families and Households
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance
Mode of Assessment:
All 3 papers are worth 80 marks each and each represent one third of the total marks.
All questions are a mixture of short answer questions plus extended answers. Students are tested on the ability to be able to do the following:
- Demonstrate knowledge with evidence
- Apply sociological theories to issues
- Present arguments, make judgements and make conclusions.