Sociology

Year 12 -Sociology 2017/2018

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 – Teacher 1 (FWA) Key content – Teacher 2 (DR)
1 (7 weeks)

 

Methods

Interpretivist vs. Positivist

Factors impacting choice of method

Sampling

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

16 October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

Introduction to key sociological concepts
2 (8 weeks)

 

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

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

Topic 1:Class differences in educational achievement (external factors-cultural deprivation, subculture, parental attitudes etc)

Topic 2:Class differences in Achievement (internal factors- setting , streaming , labelling sfp etc)

Links to Methods in Context

3 (5 weeks)

 

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

1 Feb  Mock Exams

Topic 3 – Role of educational in society

(Marxism , Functionalism , New Right views)

Links to Methods in Context

4 (6 weeks)

 

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)

26 Feb data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

8  March Parents’ Evening

Topic 4 – Ethnic differences in achievement (external and internal factors including cultural and material deprivation, institutional racism, ethnocentric curriculum )

Links to Methods in Context

 

 

5 (6 weeks)

 

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

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

Topic 5 – Gender differences in education (internal and external factors, boys v girls, gender and subject choice,etc)

Links to Methods in Context

6 (7 weeks)

 

Consolidation of families and households topic

Introduction to crime and deviance module

 11 June Reports Open

27 June – 3 July Exam Week

9 July data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

Topic 6- Education and social policy  (from 1944 – tripartite, comprehensives, marketisation, parentocracy, privatisation, policies to address gender, class, and ethnicity.)

Links to Methods in Context

 

Year 13 Sociology 2017/18

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 – Teacher 1 (FWA) Key content – Teacher 2 (SLW)
1 (7 weeks)

 

Crime and Deviance Unit

Class differences inc Marxism

Realist Theories: Left and Right

Gender and Crime: Trends and Sociological explanations

18 September UCAS Data Drop

9 October- Reports open

16 October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

Beliefs in Society Unit

Introduction to Sociology of Religion

What is Religion? Definitions

Theories of Religion: Functionalism

Theories of Religion: Marxism

Theories of Religion: Feminism

2 (8 weeks)

 

Ethnicity and crime: Trends and Sociological explanations

Globalisation, Green crime, State Crime and Human Rights

Crime and the Media

Control, punishment and victims

12 December Parents’ Evening

Religious Institutions

Religious Participation

Religion as a conservative force

Religion as a force for change

 

 

3 (5 weeks)

 

Theory and Methods Unit

Re-cap of Year 12 Methods

Interpretivism vs. Positivism

Consensus, conflict, structural and social action theories

1 Feb- 5 Feb Mock exams

Secularisation: Possible causes

Secularisation: Trends and Patterns

Secularisation: Weber and Bruce

Secularisation: The USA

Secularisation: The Spiritual Revolution

 

4 (6 weeks)

 

Theory and Methods continued

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

Revision and Exam Practise for Paper 1, 2 and 3

26 Feb data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

23 April data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

Science and Ideology

Religion in a global context

Postmodernity

 

5 (6 weeks)

 

Revision and Exam Practise