The study of sociology enables students to develop an understanding of society in a disciplined way. The course covers issues that shape how our society functions, is governed and how this affects both individuals and groups of people. Students will ideally be interested in the events that shape peoples’ ultimate beliefs, their moments of tragedy, grandeur and ecstasy, together with being fascinated by the commonplace, and everyday.

Key Stage 5

Families and households

• relationship of the family • social structure • social change • economy and state policies • patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation and divorce

Education and research methods
• the role and functions of the education system • the economy and education • class structure and education

Beliefs in society
• ideology, science and religion • religious beliefs and social change and stability. 

Crime and deviance
• theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control • crime control and prevention • punishment

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