The Head of Department is Mr Grillo
Our department Bible verse is: “But test everything, hold fast what is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
GCSE Sociology is a great way to explore the inner workings of society, i.e. to look behind the obvious facade of statistical figures and published facts. It tries to explore the root causes of phenomena such as school drop-outs, high divorce rates, knife crime, rising inequalities between rich and poor, or the societal reasons behind domestic violence. It is a very academic subject and you will develop good essay-writing skills, as well as analytical skills and the ability to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of various theories. Critical thinking, i.e. doubting taken-for-granted assumptions should hopefully be the main outcome of taking this subject.
Key Stage 4
The GCSE is made up of the following topics: Families, Education, Crime and Deviance, Social Inequality, Sociological Theories and Research Methods. These topics are assessed entirely by two essay-based examinations of the duration of 1 hour and 45 minutes each.
How have societies developed? Do we still live in a male dominated world? Does racism still exist? How does social class determine which school you attend? How likely is it that you will turn into a criminal? These are just some of the questions that can be explored in Sociology. Studying Sociology offers an insight into the social and cultural issues that surround us, helping you to develop a multi-theoretical understanding of issues like crime, education, gender, race and poverty. Sociology provides another fascinating medium by which to investigate the world around us, developing both research and analytical skills. The course is offered at KS4 and KS5.