Sociology originated from and was influenced by the industrial revolution during the early nineteenth century. Sociology, in the broadest sense, is the study of society. Sociology examines how humans interact with each other and how human behaviour is shaped by social structures (groups, communities, organizations), social categories (age, sex, class, race, etc.), and social institutions (politics, religion, education, etc.). The basic foundation of sociology is the belief that a person's attitudes, actions, and opportunities are shaped by all of these aspects of society.

Why study Sociology?

  • One of the most important reasons for studying Sociology is that it is the best way of making sense of the complex and rapidly changing world in which we all live in.
  • So, by gaining an understanding of the world, you can develop a greater understanding of yourself and the world around you!

Key Stage 4

At KS4, Years 10 and 11, we follow the OCR Sociology course. The course comprises of three examined units of work including: Sociology basics; Socialisation, culture and identity; Applying sociological research techniques.

Over the course there is a strong focus on extended-writing skills. As a class, we will develop the analytical and evaluative skills needed to create pieces of writing that explore key sociological debates within the following topics: Crime and deviance, Family and Youth.

What do people that study Sociology do in the future?
Sociology is also taught at A-Level in the Urswick School 6th form. Many students have decided to take on their knowledge to University and study either Sociology or a particular branch of Sociology, for example Criminology. Here are some examples of what you can do in the future by studying Sociology:

  • Journalism
  • Your own social research
  • Working for the Government by informing their policies
  • Social work
  • Counselling services
  • Education
  • Youth services
  • Criminal justice system

Key Stage 5
AS and A2 Sociology