Sociology

Curriculum

Staff Contact Details

Mr R Evans (Head of Faculty/Head of Department)
revans@herschel.slough.sch.uk

Curriculum Overview

Put simply, Sociology is the study of society or an attempt to understand how organised groups of people work together and affect each other. It provides description and analysis of the patterns and structures in human relationships, and encourages us to view the world through the eyes of others. It could be argued that we all have a responsibility to contribute to debates about our society in order to help it to become a better place for all.

What does Sociology have to do with coffee?

Coffee drinking has a social dimension in that we engage in certain rituals around it i.e. coffee breaks, going to coffee shops, meeting for coffee, etc. Coffee is a drug but not restricted in our culture (though parents may restrict children) whilst other drugs are regulated or criminalised.

Drinking coffee requires and builds upon a whole set of economic and social relationships around the globe and is a major factor in many countries economies (and their exploitation).

There are many people involved in the process of bringing coffee to the individual who consumes it:

Sociologists understand that nothing is simple in human beings. They can take something as basic as a cup of coffee and demonstrate how it is relevant to our economy, culture and to us as individuals.

That is Sociology.

To see a presentation copy of this with more in depth information, see the Downloads section below.

Online Resources

The Association of Teachers of Social Sciences site can act as a gateway to many other useful websites.

The OCR awarding body site provides details about the specifications and is an excellent site for obtaining past papers and mark schemes.

The following websites are available for your use throughout the course:

BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION
There is an enormous amount of information on this site, and not all of it is current affairs.

CHANNEL 4
This provides a different outlook on issues and events.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
You can gain access to their back copies as well as current news events.

THE TIMES NEWSPAPER
This gives you access to a searchable archive of newspaper reports, once you have registered.

SOCIOLOGY REVIEW
This contains details of the magazine Sociology Review.

ESOCIOLOGY
Notes, Worksheets and TESTS!

SOCIOLOGY ONLINE
Built by Andy Walker of Dartford Technology College, this has a good number of exercises and online quizzes etc., using Hot Potatoes applications.

S-COOL REVISION SITE
Not technically a school site, this has a revision programme specifically for A level Sociology if you follow the appropriate links.

OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS
This web site provides information on the statistics available from the National Statistics Office.

SOCIOWEB
This offers access to new resources in Sociology, amongst other things.

SOCIOLOGY CENTRAL
One of the best sites for A level sociologists, this offers downloadable resources, specifically designed for post-16 sociology students.

DAVE HARRIS HOMEPAGE
This is a collection of e-handouts and conference papers on sociology, distance education and cultural/media studies.

RUTH'S SOCIOLOGY RESOURCES
This is a teacher's site with AS and A2 level information and activities and neat summaries of areas of sociology.

SOCIAL SCIENCE RESOURCES
This site contains worksheets, including online worksheets, developed by the PGCE Social Science student teachers at the University of Leicester.

THE GUARDIAN
With a searchable archive, this is the most 'sociological' of the daily newspapers. You will need to register to search their archive.

TAMARA O'HARA'S WEBSITE
A comprehensive and fun site focused on AS, A2 and Access sociology.

BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY
This will lead you to abstracts of the latest volumes of the BJS.

SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ONLINE
This is the electronic Journal of the British Sociological Association.

SOCIOLOGY AND CRIMINOLOGY BLOG
This is a sociology and criminology blog.

THEORY CARDS
This is David Gauntlett's novel way of introducing basic theory. It is a good site for the A2 sociologist approaching theory for the first time.

GSOCIOLOGY
This is a set of links focusing on social change and including some useful links to methods.

Enrichment Strategies

Name Date  
A Level Sociology Presentation 16th September 2015 Download >
A Level Sociology Enrichment List 13th June 2017 Download >
 
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