Sociology

AQA-SOCIOLOGY A Level

Sociology is the academic study of human social relationships and institutions.

Sociology’s subject matter is diverse, ranging from education to crime, from the family to the state, from the divisions of ethnicity and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies. Unifying the study of these diverse subjects of study is sociology’s purpose of understanding how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures.

At Idsall we follow the AQA A Level specification for Sociology which offers an engaging and effective introduction to the subject, focusing on the study of contemporary British society. Through the course we aim to build academic skills in the areas of analysis and critical evaluation. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by higher education (HE) and employers, including independent thinking and research skills. Teaching encourages an awareness and respect for social diversity and highlights the importance of using both social structure and action to explain social issues. Students are encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world, which can be achieved by staying up to date with the news and partaking in wider reading of up to date research.

Integral elements of the A Level course include the study of sociological theories, perspectives and methods. As well as this, an awareness of the research design process used to obtain the data under consideration, including the strengths and limitations of various sociological research methods will also be considered. Core themes of the A Level course include the study of socialisation, culture, identity, social differentiation, power and stratification. These elements and themes run throughout the entire course and are taught within each topic area and not as explicit topics on their own.

The A Level sociology course aims to encourage students to:

  • acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and social changes
  • appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate
  • understand and evaluate sociological methodology and a range of research methods through active involvement in the research process
  • develop skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society
  • develop a lifelong interest in social issues.

If you require advice or further information about the Sociology curriculum at Idsall School, then please contact the Head of Sociology, Mrs V McMahon on the following email: vmcmahon@idsall.shropshire.sch.uk.

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