Course Content and Teaching Units
Culture and identity:
You will critically evaluate sociological explanations of the following content:
• different conceptions of culture, including subculture, mass culture, folk culture, high and low culture, popular culture and global culture
• the socialisation process and the role of the agencies of socialisation
• the self, identity and difference as both socially caused and socially constructed
• the relationship of identity to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexuality and social class in contemporary society
• the relationship of identity to production, consumption and globalisation.
Education and methods in context:
You’ll consider the role and functions of the education system, including its relationship to the economy and to class structure including the following content:
• differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society
• relationships and processes within schools, with particular reference to teacher/pupil relationships, pupil identities and subcultures, the hidden curriculum, and the organisation of teaching and learning
• the significance of educational policies, including policies of selection, marketisation and privatisation, and policies to achieve greater equality of opportunity or outcome, for an understanding of the structure, role, impact and experience of and access to education; the impact of globalisation on educational policy
Theory and Methods: You will learn how sociological research is conducted, from interviews to reviewing documents and official statistics and to evaluate different research methods applied to education.
You will also learn about the sociological theories that explain social life – Functionalism, Marxism, Feminism, Interactionism and Postmodern. You will learn the skills of analysis and evaluation.
In the second year of the A-level you’ll broaden your understanding of society. You’ll study:
Crime and deviance: You will learn about criminal and deviant behaviour, including factors that might lead a person to follow this path in life and how the media portrays them. You’ll also expand on your knowledge of research methods and theory.
• crime, deviance, social order and social control
• the social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime
• globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes
• crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.
• The relationship between ownership and control of the media
• The media, globalisation and popular culture
• Media representations of age, social class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability
• The relationship between the media, their content and presentation, and audiences
• The new media and their significance for an understanding of the role of the media in contemporary society
Text books can be purchased to support learning at approximately £20 per year and a revision guide at £10.
Trips, visits and extra-curricular
Students attend a grade booster workshop in Manchester
Attendance at a sociological conference TBC
Visits from a police officer to explain crime and policies in context.