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Introduction

GCSE Sociology at Tabor offers students the chance to explore different aspects of the society in which they live. This includes looking at: social structures, such as families and schools; social processes, such as the ways in which we learn the norms and values of our culture; and social issues, such as racism and poverty.

Aims

Consider how social and socially influenced factors such as family, education, ethnicity, social class and gender can play a part in shaping individuals. Students will learn how to examine society at large and look at correlations between factors; for example, ethnicity or class. This helps learners to develop transferable skills of analysis and the presentation of clear, logical arguments.

KS4

Overview of Curriculum

Year 10

Studying Society – introducing what sociology is and how sociologists conduct their research.

Families – examining the different types of family, the different purposes of a family, and how families and family relationships have changed over time.

Education – exploring the purpose of education, how education in the UK has changed over time, and the different influences on achievement.

Year 11

Crime and deviance – exploring what we mean by crime, who commits crime, and why they commit crime.

Social stratification- discussing the different types of social inequality, how social inequality is measured, and why social inequality exists. Investigating politics in the UK, the Welfare state, and other power relationships, such as those between parents and children.

GCSE Sociology is 100% exam based and students will sit two papers at the end of year 11.

Specification details

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/gcse/sociology-8192

Career Links

Sociology encourages students to be interested, engaged, and critical of the world around them.  The social sciences also cover a broad range of skills as students conduct research in a scientific manner, analyse the results using their numeracy skills, and write reports and essays.  These are desirable traits and skills in any employee.

In terms of a specific career path, sociology lends itself to: working in the Criminal Justice System; working in human services, such as social services; counselling; education; research and/or policy; business.  More information about careers in sociology can be found on the British Sociological Association website.

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