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The fascination of Sociology lies in the fact that its perspective makes us see in a new way the very world in which we have lived all our lives. (Berger) SOCIOLOGY

 

            Sociology - Soc welcome

This course will enable students to develop an understanding of the way society functions and the way it shapes people’s ideas, social behaviour and culture.  Sociology attempts to explain human behaviour by studying how the social groups to which people belong, influence their actions and beliefs.  Studying A level Sociology should provide an opportunity to develop critical awareness and an understanding of the social, economic and political world of the contemporary UK and enable comparisons to be made with other cultures and societies.

OCR Sociology provides an exciting opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the world and reflect on social issues that are often relevant to students' social experiences.  The new specification:

* Has a strong focus on key sociological themes: socialism, culture, identity, power, control and inequality.
* Provides a choice of topic options including families and relationships, youth subcultures and crime and deviance.
* Focuses on contemporary society and includes an exciting new component titled 'Debates in contemporary society'.
* Includes a fascinating new topic on globalisation and the digital social world, an areas that's extremely relevant to the way we communicate as a society today.

SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS AND SKILLS NEEDED

A genuine interest in the workings of contemporary society is a must for this subject. There is a great deal of discussion in lessons.  Students must be prepared to listen to alternative viewpoints and not take them too personally!  Students will also be expected to undertake wider reading to support the syllabus.  Skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation will be expected to be developed throughout the course.  As essay writing is the main method of assessment, the ability to express ideas clearly and fluently will be necessary.  A grade B in English Language or Literature or a humanity subject is preferred. 

This course will enable students to develop an understanding of the way society functions and the way it shapes people’s ideas, social behaviour and culture.  Sociology attempts to explain human behaviour by studying how the social groups to which people belong, influence their actions and beliefs.  Studying Sociology at this level should provide an opportunity to develop critical awareness and an understanding of the social, economic and political world of the contemporary UK.