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.
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. Understanding human society and how social systems work helps us navigate life as individuals and as part of society. Sociology does this by developing students’ knowledge base about human behaviour, social organisation and change and by developing research skills. Further, there is a large emphasis on values; connecting students to the British values expected in the curriculum.
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.
We encourage students to follow current affairs and reflect on the social aspect of events in Britain and abroad.
Your own social research
Working for the Government by informing their policies
Criminal justice system