Sociology

A Level

We follow the OCR syllabus at A-level Sociology.

Paper 1

Introducing socialisation, culture and identity – Taught by Mr Lewis and includes topics such as culture, norms, values, agents of socialisation and identity.

Youth subcultures – Taught by Ms Hern and Mrs Craig and includes topics such as Functionalism, Marxism and capitalism.

Justification of the optional module:

Youth and Culture:

Intent: Knowledge of the responses of young people to political and social change. Evaluation of theories that seek to explain that social change.

Implementation: Use of documentaries to build up the knowledge of subcultures. Flipped learning as students read and research theories. Application of these theory to a variety of subcultural scenarios. Debate and role play to test the strength of these theories. Higher level reading from Subcultural studies literature undergraduate level to improve disciplinary literacy. Class podcasts work to involve all students in creating essays. Past successful essays used as models.

Impact: Essay produced under timed conditions to test their Assessment of the theory. Do they have A01; Knowledge of theory, A02: Application of theory to the title. A03: consistent judgement on the title.

 

Exam paper – 1 hour 30 minutes and 30% of total A level

 

Paper 2

Research methods and researching social inequalities – Taught by Ms Hern and Mrs Craig and includes topics such as qualitative data, questionnaires and reliability.

Understanding social inequalities – Taught by Mr Lewis and includes topics such as Class, Ethnic, Gender and Age inequality as well as trends and patterns in inequality in the UK.

2 hours 15 minutes written and 35% of total A level

 

Paper 3

Globalisation and the digital social world – Taught by Ms Hern and includes topics such as Social Media, Tik Tok and the influence of the internet.

Digital World:

Intent: Students should understand the social changes brought about by digital globalisation. They need to apply theories of Marxism, Neo-Marxism, Feminism, Post-Modernism to this knowledge. They need to use these theories to judge the benefits and drawbacks of the digital world. Non-examined aspects would be the ability to become more critical users of digital media: understanding of the role of algorithms in creating our frame of meaning.

Implementation: Students will track the development of digital globalisation through statistics.  They will use their own experience to illustrate the developments on a micro level. Synoptic reminders of theory will help students to assess the benefits and drawbacks of the developments in the digital world. Podcasts and primary sources from the digital world will be used to exemplify this. Class debates on the positive and negative aspects of the digital world will practice the application of theory. Basic checklist given for marking. Synoptic links are drawn throughout the course by application of Paper 1 theories to Paper 3 content.

Impact: students will practice long and short questions with a focus on the positives and negatives of the debate. A01: Knowledge of examples and theory AO2: Application of theory. A03: Judgement on the best theory.

Crime and deviance – Taught by Mr Lewis and includes topics such as Victim Surveys, explanations for crime and solutions to crime.

2 hours 15 minutes written paper and 35% of total A level

 

Summary : Paper 1 builds the foundation for socialisation studies and basic theory.  (Terms 1, 2 and 3)

Paper 2 uses that childhood socialisation and tracks its development into the workplace and allows students to apply the theory learnt in paper 1 (Terms 3, 4 and 5)

Paper 3 is the synoptic paper that uses theory in 1 and statistics in 2, to apply to Crime and Digital world. We return to Paper 1 in terms of deviance and subcultural formation.