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We are all part of society. Our actions shape society and in turn society influences who we are. Yet how much do we understand about it? This is where Sociology comes in.

What Will You Do?

The role of the sociologist is to try to make sense of the human world. Sociology is the study of people in society and by studying this course you will look at the issues that have contributed to the diverse and exciting world we live in. 

How Will You Do It? 
GCSE Sociology consists of two topic areas: 

Unit 1: The Sociological Approach, Education and Families. In this introductory unit you will explore the role of the sociologist and the methods they use to carry out research. You will then use this knowledge to study the role education and the family structure plays in people’s lives. In this unit, you will debate questions such as ‘Why do some students fail?’ ‘Does the education system we have currently work?’ and ‘Is there an ideal family structure?’ 'Is childhood the best time of our lives or toxic?’

Unit 2: Crime and Deviance and Social Stratification. The first part of this unit explores crime in the UK. You will look at how society encourages people to conform and reasons why people commit crimes. Questions that arise as part of this topic are: ‘Why do men commit more crimes than women?’ ‘Is the police force racist or realistic?’. In the second part of this unit you will study how society is structured and the inequalities that exist within society. We will explore issues such as: ‘Why are women paid less than men?’ and ‘Is there such a thing as the Underclass?’ 

What Qualifications Can You Obtain? 
Successful completion of the course will lead to a GCSE in Sociology at grades 9-1. There is a single tier of entry for this subject. 

How Will You Be Assessed? 
You will be assessed through 2 exams that are each worth 50% of your final grade. 

If you would like further information about this course, please contact Miss Charles, Subject Leader for Social Sciences and Modern Ethics

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