Sociology is the study of social behaviour and interaction within the context of a given society. We consider what factors determine this behaviour and consider the ideas of norms and values, socialisation and conformity and deviance.
Some of the topics covered are:
- socialisation and the functionalist value of children's books, such as The Gruffalo.
- Youth subcultures, such as mods and rockers, skinheads, punks and goths.
- McDonaldization, disney fiction, comparing global logos with traditional pub signs.
- Aspects of gender, class, ethnicity, age, disability, sexuality, consumption and leisure - including clips from films such as Kes, Brassed Off and The Full Monty
- Why do girls outperform boys in education?
- The impact of government policies towards education e.g. tuition fees and the potential impact on social class.
- The hidden curriculum in education, the influence of peer groups and mcjobs.
- The mass media and the impact of new media
- Policing and institutional racism
- State crime and human rights abuse
- The five theories that underpin our study of society and sociology: functionalism, Marxism, Interactionism, feminism and post-modernism
Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature
A vast range of higher education courses and career options are available, from research to social work, marketing to PR, the health service, law, journalism, criminology, social policy and government research. Students can gain access to a very wide range of university courses with a Sociology A Level and Sociology is accepted by all the Russell Group universities.
Former students have also successfully applied to courses in medicine, sciences and languages. One former student is a senior correspondent for the Guardian newspaper.