Sociology is the study of societies and the way in which they shape people’s behaviour, beliefs and identity. Probably the most important thing about sociology is that it enables us to make sense of the rapidly changing world that we live in. If you’re interested in the causes of the London riots, why people are becoming Scientologists and why you’re likely to live much longer living in the South of England than the North then this is the course for you. Sociology enables us to understand ourselves. The way that we think, behave and feel; indeed our very sense of identity, is socially produced. The way that we think, behave and feel is shaped by what sociologists call the process of socialisation. This provides us with language, gives us our values and beliefs, establishes our identity and so turns us into members of society.
In Sociology, the ability to discuss and debate is important, but an accomplished student will require a thirst for reading about the full range of sociological arguments explored in the course and the ability to articulate those arguments in written assignments and examinations papers.
The subject has four units of assessment.
Unit 1: Families and Households
Unit 2: The Sociology of Health with Research Methods
Two further units make up the full Advanced level award:
Unit 3: Beliefs in Society or Mass Media
Unit 4: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods