Sociology

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Sociology aims to foster in learners an understanding and critical awareness of the social world around them. The specification focuses on the importance of social structure in explaining social issues.

Subject Area Curriculum Intent

 

Section 1: Principles at Key Stage 3

Sociology is taught at KS4 only. The course requires similar types of extended writing and critical thinking that will have been taught in several subjects, including History, at KS3.

 

Section 2: Connectedness (linking and co-ordinating)

As Sociology is not taught at KS3 there is no subject specific knowledge that can be retained. However, a broad understanding of the UK, the education system and social inequality will help. The KS4 curriculum will draw on the student’s personal experience, for example, of their own family and their education to contextualise the course content. The core principles underpinning the WJEC Eduqas curriculum are:

    • To foster in learners an understanding and critical awareness of the social world around them. The specification focuses on the importance of social structure in explaining social issues.
    • To explore and debate contemporary social issues to enable them to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions and to question their everyday understanding of social phenomena.
    • To develop learners’ ability to think sociologically in relation to their experience of the social world around them so that they are able to play a positive, active and informed role in society.

The Eduqas specification has been designed to for equal and fair access by all students. It has: " been designed to avoid, where possible, features that could, without jusitifcation, make it more difficult for a learner to achieve because they have a particular protected characteristic.”

 

Section 3: Your subject: five year impact

Sociology is taught as a two year KS4 option either in year 9 into year 10 or Year 10 into Year 11. The curriculum is limited to those aspects required by the terminal examination. Component 1 (Families, education and sociological Research methods) and Component 2 (Social differentiation and stratification, crime & deviance and applied methods of sociological enquiry) are all required content.

 

Section 4: Teaching and Learning

All lessons incorporate retrieval practice, constant focus on retention of key specific knowledge, explicit teaching of tier 2 as enabling language to access subject specialist tier 3 language.

New content is explored in chunks with the opportunity to embed and exemplify with think piece reading and tangible examples to help bolster and explore knowledge.

 

 

curriculum overview

gsce sociology year 1
Term Content Assessment

Autumn 1

7 weeks

Key concepts and processes of cultural transmission

1.1 Key sociological concepts

1.2 Debates over the acquisition of identity

1.3 The process of socialisation

End of first half-term interim summative assessment 20 marks 30 minutes Range of question types incorporating 1, 2 and 4 mark questions Covering content areas:

Processes of cultural transmission

Key concept

Autumn 2

8 weeks

Families

2.1 Family diversity and different family forms in the UK and within a global context 2.2 Social changes and family structures

2.3 Social changes and family relationships

2.4 Sociological theories of the role of the family

2.5 Criticisms of family

 

Spring 1

6 weeks

End of term summative assessment 25 marks 35 minutes Range of question types incorporating 1, 2, 4, 8 mark questions Covering content area:

Families

Spring 2

7 weeks

Education

3.1 Sociological theories of the role of education

3.2 Processes inside schools.

3.3 Patterns of educational achievement

3.4 Factors affecting educational achievement

3.5 Factors affecting educational achievement

 

 

 

 

 

Final 1-2 weeks: Introduction to Research methods

End of term summative assessment 25 marks 35 minutes Range of question types incorporating 1, 2, 4, 8 mark questions Covering content area:

Education

Families (15 mark question only)

Summer 1

5 weeks

 

Summer 2

6 weeks

End of Yr9/Yr10 Summative Assessment 40 marks 45 minutes Range of question types incorporating 1, 2, 4, 8 and 15 mark questions Covering content areas:

Processes of cultural transmission

Families

Education

Summer Break Background Reading: Research Methods Booklet and Retrieval Questions

gcse sociology year 2
Term Content Assessment

Autumn 1

7 weeks

Sociological Research Methods

4.1 Usefulness of different types of data

4.2 Methods of research

4.3 Sampling processes

4.4 Practical issues affecting research

4.5 Ethical issues affecting

Applied Methods of Sociological Enquiry

7.1 The process of research design

7.2 Interpreting data

End of term summative assessment 40 marks 45 minutes Range of question types incorporating 2, 4, 5, 12 and 15 mark questions Covering content area:

Families and Education

Sociological Research Method

Autumn 2

8 weeks

Crime and Deviance

6.1 Social construction of concepts of crime and deviance

6.2 Social control

6.3 Patterns of criminal and deviant behaviour

6.4 Sociological theories and explanations of deviance and criminal behaviour (structural, subcultural, interactionist and feminist)

6.5 Sources of data on crime

November/December Mock Paper 100 marks 1 hr 45 minutes (Nov 2020 Paper 1) All question types. Covering content areas:

Processes of cultural transmission

Families

Education

Sociological Research Method

Spring 1

6 weeks

Social Differentiation and Stratification

5.1 Sociological theories of stratification

5.2 Different forms and sources of power and authority

5.3 Equality/inequality in relation to class, gender, ethnicity, age, disability and sexuality

5.4 Factors which may influence access to life chances and power

5.5 Poverty as a social issue

End of term summative assessment 40 marks 45 minutes Range of question types incorporating 1, 2, 4, 5, 8 and 15 mark questions Covering content area:

Crime and Deviance

Spring 2

7 weeks

End of term summative assessment 40 marks 45 minutes Range of question types incorporating 1, 2, 4, 6, 9 mark questions Covering content area:

Social Differentiation and Stratification

Applied methods of sociological enquiry

Summer 1

5 weeks

Revision for all content areas Terminal examinations