Sociology

Head of Department: Mrs L McGilly

 Aims and objectives of the Sociology Department

The Sociology Department in St Catherine’s College is committed to providing a stimulating, challenging environment that allows all of our students to develop to their full potential so that they may become active, compassionate, lifelong learners.

We aim to provide a high quality educational experience for our students, helping them to develop inquiring minds and assisting them in learning to think “sociologically" in order to define, analyse, and understand human behaviour.

The Sociology Department is committed to equipping all of our students with a broad view of the world, helping them to understand the structures, patterns, diversity and beliefs upon which everyday life rests in contemporary society

  Useful links

http://web.aqa.org.uk/     (AQA)

http://www.sociology.org.uk/   (Sociology Central)

http://www.sociologyonline.co.uk/  (Sociology Online)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/  (BBC News)

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/index.html (ONS)

 

 

The Sociology Department in St.Catherine’s College has a Twitter account which is regularly updated with useful contemporary articles relevant to all of the AS and A2 modules. This material is of use in both classroom discussion and exam preparation and pupils are encouraged to follow the department and keep abreast of developments in the areas they are studying.

 

Follow us:  @sociologystcats

 

The AQA Sociology specification lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Sociology and related subjects in higher education.

 

AS outline

At this level, candidates will acquire knowledge of contemporary social processes and social changes. Candidates will be encouraged to develop their own social awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.

2 modules are studied:

  • Unit 1: Families and Households
  • Unit 2: Education with Research Methods
  • AS Examinations

 

Unit 1 – SCLY1

Families and Households

40% of AS, 20% of A Level

Written paper, 1 hour

60 marks

Candidates choose one topic from three and answer five questions.

 

Unit 2 – SCLY2

Education with Research Methods

60% of AS, 30% of A Level

Written paper, 2 hours

90 marks

Candidates choose one topic (Education or Health) and answer four questions on the chosen topic, one question on sociological research methods in context, and four questions on research methods.

A2 outline

At this level, candidates will continue to focus on contemporary society but they should demonstrate a wider range and greater depth of knowledge and understanding and more highly developed skills of application, analysis, interpretation and evaluation.

2 modules are studied:

  • Unit 3: Beliefs in Society
  • Unit 4: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
  • A2 Examinations

 

Unit 3 – SCLY3

Beliefs in Society

20% of A Level

Written paper, 1 hour 30 minutes

60 marks

Candidates choose one topic from four and answer two compulsory questions and one question from a choice of two.

 

Unit 4 – SCLY4

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

30% of A Level

Written paper, 2 hours

90 marks

Candidates choose one topic from two and answer two questions on the chosen topic, one question on sociological research methods in context, and one question on theory and methods.

  

The Sociology Experience

Students studying Sociology in St. Catherine’s have the opportunity to engage in many activities aimed at extending their knowledge and understanding of the issues and concepts being studied.

Classroom activities include lively discussions and debates, team challenges, on-line forums and presentation work.

Our recent visit to Armagh Gaol afforded pupils the opportunity to experience prison life and extend their understanding of concepts such as crime and punishment.

Whilst visiting Parliament Buildings, Stormont our pupils engaged with elected representatives and saw first hand the daily workings of government. They now have a better understanding of the political process in Northern Ireland.

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