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AS/A2 SOCIOLOGY EXAMINATION BOARD OCR

AIMS OF THE COURSE

Sociology is the scientific study of society. It is about all kinds of social relationships that people share with each other; in their families, in their schools and in work. The methods developed by sociologists are used in many other academic areas such as in market research and management studies.

WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THIS COURSE? I will be able to: • Reflect on my own experience of the social world in which I live. • Know and critically understand what social organisations are and how they operate. • Appreciate the importance of theory and concepts in sociological debate. • Describe a range of research methods and their relevance within sociology. • Develop skills of written and verbal communication, interpretation, analysis and evaluation.

STRUCTURE AND CONTENT AS Level

In the first year you will study AS Level Sociology which comprises of two modules and is half the full A Level. In the second year you will study another two modules which leads to the full A Level.

Unit G671 – Exploring socialisation, culture and identity • Process of socialisation. How we learn what society expects of us. Role of socialisation in the creation of identities such as class, ethnicity and gender. Exploring the social research process. Unit G672 – Topics in socialisation, culture and identity • One topics will be taught primarily which will be sociology of the family. In this unit you will study; Key concepts and key trends within the family, The role of the family in society, Family diversity, Roles, responsibilities and relationships within the family.

A2 Level

Unit G673 – Power and control • Sociology of crime and deviance; Definition and measurement of crime and deviance, Trends, patterns and explanations of crime and deviance; Victimisation; Role of agents of social control in the construction of crime and deviance; Solutions to the problem of crime. Unit G674 – Exploring social inequality and difference • Social inequality and difference, illustrated by the study of Gender, class, ethnicity, age. Exploring sociological research on social inequality and difference Practical concerns Theoretical issues.

ASSESSMENT

• G671 – Examined in January 1hr 30mins worth 50% of the AS 25% of the A2. • G672 – Examined in May 1hr 30mins worth 50% of the AS and 25% of the A2. • G673 – Examined in January 1hr 30mins worth 25% of the A2. • G674 – Examined in June 2hrs worth 25% of the A2.

WHERE CAN I GO AFTER COMPLETING THIS COURSE?

Sociology is a good general subject for students, because most professional careers require students to have some knowledge of Sociology and social theory. Most degree courses include some Sociology: There are also many degree courses where A Level Sociology will be really helpful; Sociology, Criminology, Law, Psychology, Anthropology. Sociology opens doors to many areas of employment: Counsellor, Community worker, Probation Officer, Social worker, Charity fund-raiser, Teacher and even Medicine.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS General

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