Sociology

 GCSE Sociology

 

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 Overview

 This unit aims to give candidates a basic introduction to the key methodologies and concepts used within Sociology. WJEC GCSE Sociology comprises two units and can also be offered as a short course. Learners will be able to study various forms of human society and their effect our culture, social organisations and individual lives. Learners will develop the skills to understand the relationships between individuals, groups, institutions and societies. Learners will be offered a choice of topics that include the family, mass media, education, sport, crime and deviance, work, power and global citizenship.

  

Unit One

 Understanding Social Processes

 The key thematic concepts of the compulsory core will be applied to the specific option choices selected by the centre. Learners must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of social structures and social differentiation in contemporary society. They should apply this knowledge to an understanding of social processes, including socialisation, culture and identity, social control, social interaction and social change.

Optional Topics:

 The key thematic concepts of the compulsory core will be applied to the specific option choices selected by the centre.

 The key theme for these options is the understanding of how people learn appropriate norms, values and mores through socialisation and how social identity is constructed. In addition, candidates are expected to appreciate the significance of social organisations and structures in creating differentiation.

 Sociological ideas can be explored through an understanding of the social nature of one or more of the following topics. Candidates must choose from one of the following options:

  • Families
  • Education
  • Mass Media
  • Sport and Leisure 

  

Unit 2

 Understanding Social Structures

This unit forms 50% of the content of the Full Course GCSE Sociology.

Learners must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of social structures and social differentiation in contemporary society.

Candidates should show awareness and understanding of social issues, including the causes and consequences of inequality, and the sources, distribution and exercise of power and authority and the relationships between individuals, groups, institutions and societies, and the range of influences that act upon each of them. The key thematic concepts of the compulsory core will be applied to the specific option choices selected by the centre.

 Optional Topics:

 The key thematic concepts of the compulsory core will be applied to the specific option choices selected by the centre.

 The key theme for these options is the understanding of social structures and social differentiation in contemporary society. People experience varied life chances according to the social groups to which they belong. These contribute to the construction of social identity. Social organisations and structures affect the relationships between individuals and may be related to the distribution of power and authority in our society. These sociological ideas can be explored through an understanding of the social nature of one or more of the following topics. Candidates must choose from one of the following options:

  • Work
  • Power and Participation
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Global citizenship

 

Assessment

GCSE Sociology is untiered, i.e. both units cater for the full range of ability and allow access to grades A*-G for the subject award.

The scheme of assessment will consist of:

 

Unit 1 Written Examination Paper – 50% of the final mark

Understanding Social Processes (90 minutes)

 This will consist of one multipart compulsory question testing the core knowledge and understandings and a choice of extended essay questions assessing the options within this unit of study.

Unit 2 Written Examination Paper – 50% of the final mark

Understanding Social Structures (90 minutes)This will consist of one multipart compulsory question testing the core knowledge and understandings and a choice of extended essay questions assessing the options within this unit of study.

 

Qualification Routes

Sociology graduates move into a variety of careers: law, travel, advertising, human resources, diplomacy, publishing, journalism, the media and teaching. Many go on to do postgraduate study or professional training, sometimes after a period of employment. Potential jobs include teachers, counsellors, advice workers, Civil servants, Lawyers and many other employment routes.

 

Reading List

  • GCSE Sociology: Student Book Lynn TaylorJanine Jacobs Roth and Karen Waterworth
  • Bilton, T etc Introductory Sociology (Fourth Edition) Palgrave Macmillan (2002) 0-333-94571-9 
  • Blundell, J Active Sociology for GCSE Longman (2001) 0-582-43443-2
  • Browne, K An introduction to Sociology (Third Edition) Polity Press (2005) 9780-7456-3257-5
  • Coates, G Gilpin, T Owens, R and Woodfield, GCSE Sociology Nelson Thornes (2009) 978-1-4085-0270-9
  • Denscombe, M Sociology Update 2005 Olympus Books (2005) 1-872585-16-7
  • Giddens, A Sociology (Fourth Edition) Polity Press (2001) 0-7456-2311-5
  • Haralambos, M and Holborn, M Sociology: Themes and Perspectives (Sixth Edition) Collins Educational 2004 0-00-715447-X

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