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Our sociology curriculum gives students an understanding of the social forces which affects their lives, their communities, and the society to which they belong. Sociology is a multifaceted discipline which empowers students to understand the complexity of social issues. This will enable students to be tolerant of different views whilst also supporting their own opinions in a rational and academic manner.  

The curriculum is designed to enable students to think like a sociologist – to see the world in an objective way without value judgement. Students will be exposed to a range of sociological skills and knowledge and will be assessed on their ability to form balanced judgements on a range of sociological issues.

Students will study the core sociological themes of socialisation, culture and identity, social differentiation, and power and stratification. These themes will be understood and applied to substantive areas of sociology including education, families, crime and deviance, media, research methods and theories. Additionally, students will need to apply theoretical debates of conflict vs consensus and social structure vs social action.

Key Stage 5

Students start Year 12 by looking at the basics of sociology – the key sociological theories and the methods which underpin a sociological approach to studying society.  As students then move into the study of sociological issues, they can apply these theories and methods to each topic, allowing them to analyse socialisation trends and patterns. For example, when looking at families, education, media and crime topics, they look at what different theorists believe about the purpose of these social structures, their function in our society, and importantly, students learn to critique these ideas and develop critical thinking. Throughout the year students develop not only the ability to verbally express their opinions and ideas, but how to write academically and form arguments through this essay-based subject.

As we move into Year 13, students develop their ability to assess sociological research and we apply this to arguments, but also start to think about the issues facing sociological research, both practically and methodologically. They apply this to their studies of education and consider the realities of sociological study in further education and beyond. This broader understanding of sociology as a whole helps our students to see the large-scale theories and draw their own conclusions about the society in which we live.


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