Students study 6 units with two different teachers throughout the two years.
All students will be required study the following topics as they are integral to the Sociology course.
- Sociological theories, perspectives and methods
- The design of the research used to obtain the data under consideration, including its strengths and limitations.
Students will be required to draw links between topic areas studied.
Furthermore students are required to understand the following core themes which must apply to particular substantive areas of Sociology
- Socialisation, culture and identity
- Social differentiation, power and stratification.
The central focus of study in this specification should be on UK society today, with consideration given to comparative dimensions where relevant including the siting of UK within its globalised context.
The study of Sociology must focus on contemporary society and foster the development of critical and reflective thinking with a respect for social diversity. It must provide an awareness of the importance of social structure and social action in explaining social issues. Students must be encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.
These specifications have been designed with the clear objective of addressing the requirements above
and will 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.