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Are criminals born or made?

Why do girls achieve higher grades than boys in certain subject areas in school?

Is the role of the woman still in the home?

These are just some of the questions we will explore in Sociology. Sociology helps students to gain knowledge and understanding of the world we live in, looking at key social issues through the study of families, education, crime and deviance and social stratification. Students will study different perspectives such as Functionalism, Marxism and Feminism and learn to construct reasoned arguments and debates, make substantiated judgements and draw conclusions on the questions above.

Sociology helps students participate fully in our interconnected world with understanding and empathy. Sociology is exciting, interesting and relevant to students’ lives. It helps students develop a wide range of knowledge and understanding about society at a local and global level and how sociologists’ study and understand its structures, processes and issues.


Assessment Summary

Sociology Assessment Summary

KS3- Year 9
All students will complete one PINS assessment per half-term. Each assessment will be based on the recent topics covered and be made up of multiple choice and extended answer questions.
KS4 (year 10-11)
All students will complete at least one PINS assessment per half-term. These assessments will include multiple choice style questions and GCSE style questions. They will be given personalised feedback and a GCSE 9-1 grade.

Y9 Bridging Year

In our Year 9 transition year we will spend the year exploring key concepts and ideas in Sociology. We will explore Mass Media and how that impacts our perceptions on people and events. Students will also be introduced to key sociologists such as Emilie Durkheim and Karl Marx and their theories about how society functions. We will explore key questions on societal issues each week through debates and circle time. We will also spend time looking at careers linked to Sociology and continue to develop our skills of evaluation and critical thinking. This will prepare us fully to begin the GCSE content in Year 10.

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