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Sociology

Overview

The course introduces students to Sociology as a study of human society. Sociology looks at the way in which people’s behaviour, beliefs and identity are shaped. As a social science, it looks at what happens in the world in a scientific and unemotional way. This subject facilitates students’ learning and understanding of how we organised our own lives and why we behave as we do.

The analysis of ideas is fundamental to Sociology; the ability to question and hypothesize is crucial. The Sociology department at EGA aims to foster these skills in our students in order to enable and encourage them in their journey of experimentation and discovery, through a variety of experiences and activities.

Curriculum Content

Sociology Intent Statement

Sociology Curriculum

Examination board:

WJEC/ Eduqas (England)

The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Sociology is designed to foster in learners an understanding and critical awareness of the social world around them. The specification focuses on the importance of social structure in explaining social issues.

This specification will develop learners' ability to think sociologically in relation to their experience of the social world around them so that they are able to play a positive, active and informed role in society..

Examination details: 100% Exam

Two written assessments with a mix of short answer, structured questions and extended response questions, all compulsory. The extended response questions will require candidates to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding from across the relevant specification content.

 

Paper 1 : (50%) 1 hour and  45 minutes

This component covers the following topic areas:

Key concepts and processes of cultural transmission

Introduces you to key sociological ideas and terms. You will explore how a society learns their culture, gender and identity.

Families

Examines the importance of  family  life and  the changing roles and structure of family today.

Education

Highlights the role of the British Education system and explores the relationship between gender, class and race and academic achievement.

Sociological research methods

Introduces you to  a range of  research methods such as interviews, observations and experiments used by Sociologists to create theories . 

 

Paper  2: (50 %) 1 hour and 45 minutes

This component covers the following topic areas:

Social differentiation and stratification

Dissects inequalities experienced in society by people on the basis of age, disability, class, race and gender.

Crime and Deviance

Explores the difference between crime and deviance and how the behaviour of society is controlled.

Applied methods of Sociological enquiry

Encourages students to think like a Sociologist. You will plan and conduct your own social research  in preparation for the exam.

 

Recommended Resources for GCSE Sociology

WJEC Eduqas GCSE Sociology Revision Guide

Publisher: Illuminate Publishing

Author: Kathrn Bowman & Steve Tivey 

ISBN: 978911208907

 

WJEC Eduqas GCSE Sociology

Publisher: Illuminate Publishing

Author Steve Tivey & Marion Davies

ISBN: 978911208204

 

https://resources.eduqas.co.uk/Pages/ResourceSingle.aspx?rIid=1062

http://www.gojimo.com/gcse-sociology-revision/

https://getrevising.co.uk/resources/level/gcse

 

Contact

Please contact the Head of Sociology, ayesha.khanom@egas.islington.sch.uk, if you would like more information about the course.