Specification; Eduqas Sociology specification
You can never really understand an individual unless you also understand the society, historical time period in which they live, personal troubles, and social issues. C Wright Mills
Sociology is the study of contemporary society and the individuals who inhabit it. Using a theoretical approach, Sociologists research various areas of society to develop an understanding of human behaviour and function. Sociology enables students to view the world from a different perspectives and to make sense of roles and structures within a society including how gender and ethnicity are arguably learned constructs, and how political outcomes can impact areas of life such as family. Having an informed sense as to how and why society functions will help students engage with many kinds of people in the wider world of work.
- Key Concepts in Sociology
- Families and Households
- Research Methods
- Social Inequality
- Crime and Deviance
There are 2 examinations in Sociology (no coursework/controlled assessment).
- Component 1 = 1-hour 45mins Understanding Social Processes (50%)
- Component 2 = 1-hour 45mins Understanding Social Structures (50%)
Careers In Sociology
Students can continue to study Sociology at AS/A level or progress onto BTEC courses such as Criminology. Sociology complements several A Level subjects such as History, Geography, Media and English. As an academic subject, Sociology is valued for its analytical and critical thinking skills. Sociology equips students with important essay writing skills and prepares students for higher academic study.
The skills learned in sociology are marketable and having it on your CV shows that you understand the world around you. Sociology trains you to answer the ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about human societies, giving you a competitive edge in the job market and providing a strong intellectual background for students considering careers in the professions or business. Many Sociology students pursue careers in Journalism, Business, Health and Welfare, Education, Policing, Public Relations and Research.