MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Teaching British Values through Sociology
We promote British values through advocating and teaching democracy. Seeking to understand inequalities in the structures of society and demonstrating an acceptance of beliefs and cultural norms in our multi-cultural society
There is usually another way of looking at things – and that is the task of Sociology. Sociologists take normal every day, taken-for-granted life and turn it upside down, looking for other meanings. Sociology is the subject which studies the social world around us, how this social world operates and how it influences our daily lives.
Sociology is an evidence based subject; this means it is not just about the sociologist’s personal opinion – our opinions and theories must be backed up by facts about society. As well as producing theories about society, sociology has practical applications. For example, if you know the causes of social problems such as the causes of educational underachievement, we may be able to use this knowledge to design social policies to improve children’s educational opportunities.
Sociology will help enhance skills in research, evaluation and making informed judgements on emerging trends in society.
In year 12, sociology students study the changing patterns of Families; they will look at themes such as how attitudes towards the notion that childhood has changed and the reasons for the increasing diversity of family types today. Students will also study Education and examine how internal factors such as teacher labelling and peer groups can affect academic achievement. In addition, students learn the different approaches sociologists take when researching trends in society.
In year 13, students study trends in Mass Media, such as how influenced viewers of the media are, who decides what news is shown and how this is presented to audience. Alongside this, students will also study Crime and Deviance and evaluate how attitudes towards class, gender and ethnicity shape law making and prosecution rates. African-American men make up 60% of prison inmates in America. Is this because they are all criminals or because institutions such as the police have labelled them so?
Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context
Paper 2: Research Methods and Topics in Sociology; Family and Households and Mass Media
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods