Sociology makes you question your taken for granted assumptions about living in society. It makes you question the legitimacy of the powerful in society and the vulnerability of the weak. We examine the myth of family as a warm and safe environment. We question the taken for granted assumptions about gender roles, those that you learn and those that you perform. We study education and investigate the myth of meritocracy and the extent to which education legitimises inequality. In theory and methods you will study Marxism, Feminism, Functionalism and Social Action Theories and decide whether or not it is we who control society or society that controls us. In Crime and deviance we apply these ideas to the study of Criminology, who deviates and why and the impact of the media on crime. The beliefs topic considers the power of beliefs and the nature of knowledge in post modernity.
Ms Bardy, Head of Department
There are three units studied during the first year of the A level course: Families and Households, Education, and Research methods (in the context of education). There are a further three topics studied during the second year of the A level course: Crime and Deviance, Beliefs in Society, and Theory and Methods.At the end of the second year there are three written exams that will cover each of the units studied. There is a combination of short answer questions, ten mark questions and extended essay questions.