Sociology

Curriculum Information

Year 12 Sociology 2018/2019

Course title: Sociology A Level Exam board: AQA Specification code: 7191 7192
How will students be assessed?
Students will sit three external exams at the end of Year 13

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods.
Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (Families and Households and Beliefs in Society)
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

All exams are 2 hours in length and worth 33.3% of the A level marks

Half term Key content
1 (8 weeks) Families and Households Unit (Assessed on Paper 2)

 Topic 1: Marriage, divorce and cohabitation (trends, causes and sociological theoretical views)

Topic 2: Family Diversity (trends, causes and sociological theoretical views)

Topic 3: Functions of the family (Theories such as Functionalism, Marxism, Feminism and Individualism thesis)

Topic 4: Social Policy (Example of laws, impact on family structures and theoretical perspectives)

Topic 5: Division of domestic labour (March of progress vs. conflict perspective)

Topic 6: Childhood (Social construction, western notion, globalisation, future of childhood)

2 (7 weeks) Families and Households Unit (Assessed on Paper 2)

 Topic 7: Demography (Birth rates, death rates, emigration)

Consolidation of families and households topic

Methods Unit (Assessed on Paper 1 and Paper 2)

Methods

Interpretivist vs. Positivist methodology

Factors impacting choice of method

Sampling

PERVERT for different sociological methods such as Participant observation, interviews, statistics, documents, questionnaires and experiments

3 (6 weeks) Consolidation of Methods

Education, Theory and Methods Unit (Assessed on Paper 1)

Topic 1: Theories of Education

Topic 2: Class differences in Education. Internal vs. External factors

Topic 3: Gender differences in Education. Internal vs. External factors

Topic 4: Ethnic differences in Education. Internal vs. External factors

Topic 5: Social Policy

Topic 6: Methods in Context

4 (6 weeks)
5 (5 weeks)
6 (7 weeks) Sociological Theory (Assessed on Paper 1 and 3)

Topics covered:

Consensus, conflict, structural and social action theories

Subjectivity, objectivity and value freedom

Relationship between Sociology and Social Policy

The nature of science and the extent to which Sociology can be regarded as scientific

 

 

Year 13 Sociology 2018/2019

Course title: Sociology A Level Exam board: AQA Specification code: 7191 7192
How will students be assessed?
Students will sit three external exams at the end of Year 13

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods.
Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (Families and Households and Beliefs in Society)
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

All exams are 2 hours in length and worth 33.3% of the A level marks

Half term Key Content: Crime and Deviance Unit (Assessed on Paper 3) Key Content: Beliefs Unit (Assessed on Paper 2)
1 (8 weeks) Theories of Crime and Deviance: Functionalism, Subcultural, Marxism, Interactionist, Left and Right Realism Introduction to Sociology of Religion

What is Religion? Definitions

Theories of Religion: Functionalism

Theories of Religion: Marxism

Theories of Religion: Feminism

2 (7 weeks) Gender and Crime: Trends and Sociological explanations

Ethnicity and crime: Trends and Sociological explanations

Crime and the Media

Religious Institutions

Religious Participation

Religion as a conservative force

Religion as a force for change

3 (6 weeks) Globalisation, Green crime, State Crime and Human Rights

Control, punishment and victims

Crime and Deviance re-cap

Secularisation: Possible causes

Secularisation: Trends and Patterns

Secularisation: Weber and Bruce

Secularisation: The USA

Secularisation: The Spiritual Revolution

4 (6 weeks) Revision and Exam Practise

 

Science and Ideology

Religion in a global context

Postmodernity

5 (5 weeks) Revision and Exam Practise Revision and Exam Practise