WHAT IS SOCIOLOGY?
Sociology is the development, structure, behaviour and functioning of human society
WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
Sociology allows you to see society in a different way and understand things others do not. Have you ever wondered why there are more ethnic minorities in prison? Or why some people are brainwashed to join world rejecting cults and sects? Why do some people turn to murder? Or how we still live in a society where your ethnicity, gender and social class can have massive repercussions on your life? Why are people so celebrity obsessed – why are people up to date with Beyoncé’s twins rather than the current political affairs which impact our lives so much?
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM SOCIOLOGY?
Expect to be shocked; your eyes will be opened and you will begin to see society in a way you have never seen it before.
HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?
You will complete 3 examinations at the end of the two year course.
WHO IS THE COURSE SUITABLE FOR?
If you have an interest in current affairs, working with others and a thirst for knowledge and answers to the key questions which arise in contemporary society, this could well be the subject for you!
WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN A-LEVEL IN SOCIOLOGY?
Many of our students go on to study Sociology or Criminology at Degree level. Students with a Sociology A-level can develop careers in law, civil service, teaching, criminal justice system and social work. The skills developed through the completion of the course will be invaluable in further education and employment.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Families and Households; in this unit we look at why families are changing, how new family types have emerged and the different views towards these new family types. As well as this, we look at the debate surrounding childhood; is it disappearing? Why are children wanting to grow up a lot faster and does the notion of childhood as we know it exist globally?
Education; in a society where free education is provided, why do some students do significantly better than others? We look at the impact of government policies and judge whether they promote equality or create further divisions. For example, has the increase in university tuition fees had a detrimental impact on some students?
Beliefs in Society; with religion being in the forefront of a lot of media outlets, we study the importance of religion in society today. We look at what drives people to turn to fundamentalism while others are abandoning religion. We also study smaller religious organisations which are often seen as ‘bizarre’ such as cults and sects – why are they growing and why are they attracting so many members?
Crime and Deviance; this unit is perfectly suited for those who have an interest
in criminology and why people commit crime. As part of the unit, we will study the inequalities which exist within the criminal justice system and why some people can get away with the crimes
they commit while others are harshly punished. Controversial issues such as the death penalty will be debated. This topic will allow you to study contemporary examples and see how the criminal justice system operates on a global scale.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN THIS SUBJECT
The Humanities Honours Programme encourages you to use your Sociological theories to conduct your own research into the area of crime.