Sociology Curriculum

Sociology runs for Sixth Form students only (Years 12 and 13).

Click on the links below to jump to a particular Year Group:

 

 

Year 12 (exam board: AQA)

Autumn Term
Students will be introduced to key concepts and theories in sociology, and will become familiar with the new terminology required at A level. Students will begin to study education with special links to research methods. The key topics this term will explore class, gender and ethnic differences in educational achievement. They will also start to explore families and households including: couples, childhood and theories of families. Two internal assessments will take place.

Spring Term
Students will continue with education (the role of education and education policy and inequality). In families and households they will consider demography, family diversity and social policy. Later on in the term we will focus on sociological research methods in the context of education. Students will design and conduct a research study. A mock exam will take place during this term.

Summer Term
This final term will continue to focus on exam skills but we also start to explore the social distribution of Crime and Deviance including patterns and trends in crime and the Criminal Justice System. We start this topic area by focusing on crime and the media. Students will build up an extensive knowledge of media representations of crime and how these differ from official statistics on crime. Students will be able to evaluate the different views about the media as a cause of crime and the fear of crime. We will also explore the concept of 'moral panics' (an exaggerated over-reaction by society to a perceived problem, often fuelled by the media). Finally we consider cyber crime.

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Year 13 (exam board: AQA)

Autumn Term
Year 13 students will consider a range of topics related to ‘Crime and Deviance’. They begin with Interactionism and labelling theory and then consider ethnicity and crime, exploring the relationship between the criminal justice system process and ethnicity. Later on in the term sociological theories of crime and deviance will be explore, as well as the relationship between gender and crime exploring reasons for differences in male and female crime and the theoretical explanations for this. The topic of control, punishment and victims will then follow leading on to how globalisation has changed the nature of crime and the relationship between the two. Students will also consider different types of green crime and the sociological explanations of environmental harm. They will also study the relationship between state crimes and human rights. An assessment will take place in November.

Spring Term
Students will consider the final topics of crime and deviance: class, power and crime, focusing on why Marxists see crime as inevitable in a capitalist society, and understanding the nature and extent of white collar and corporate crime. Finally they will explore Realist theories of crime, investigating the causes of crime according to key theorists and the various ways of tackling it. Theory and methods will then consider types of research methods and the distinction between qualitative and quantitative data. As part of this they will spend half a day at Newcastle Law Courts to conduct their own sociological research. Other topics in this section include: sociology and science; feminist theories; globalisation; modernity and postmodernity; objectivity and values in sociology. During this term students will start to study 'Beliefs in Society'. In this module, students consider various theories of religion and also organisations, movements and members. After half term students explore religion and social change, religion in the global context and examine alternatives to secularisation theory and postmodernity. They will explore secularisation and consider ideology and science. A mock exam will take place in February.

Summer Term
This term will focus on intensive exam preparation and key skills. Students will be coached in answering the different format and types of questions on the three papers. Intensive revision of course content from Year 12 will also take place.

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