Sociology

What is covered?

Sociology is the study of society.  Sociologists study patterns of human behaviour and belief, investigating how this affects you, your identity, your opportunities and your behaviour.  It explores relationships between people, their social groups and institutions around them.  It examines how you are influenced by your family, school, social class, gender and ethnicity.  Sociologists try to understand and answer questions about the world around us and, as such, is a subject where multiple different perspectives co-exist.

Sociology looks at contemporary issues such as:

  • Why do people commit crime?
  • Do men really do more housework than they used to?
  • What is the role of education and what is it that really makes a student achieve well?
  • Why do people join religious sects and how much influence does religion have on a person's actions?
  • Is the family still important, or is it an out-dated idea?
  • How much freedom do people have to act as they want to, or are we controlled by others?
  • Why do students form subcultures to rebel against their school?
  • Are we really oppressed by the society we live in because of our social class or our gender?

What will I need to do?

The course is assessed through written examinations at the end of the two year course.

Why study Sociology at LCS?

Sociology combines the acquisition of many transferable skills in reasoning and critical assessment, with knowledge about human society and culture.  You will develop the following skills and knowledge that will be particularly useful in higher education:

  • quantitative and qualitative research methods and research design
  • synthesis of different kinds of data and evidence from multiple sources
  • the ability to conduct small-scale primary research
  • the exploreation of two core themes (socialisation, culture and identify; social differentiation, power and stratification) applied across different topic areas
  • the ability to construct, present, debate and defend a reasoned argument based on theories, concepts and evidence
  • a greater understanding of contemporary society, and the importance of social structure and social action in explaining social issues.

Entry requirements

9-6 grade in GCSE English.

Higher Education and career opportunities

While many sociology graduates enter work in a social or welfare role, others go into a wide variety of jobs throughout the public and private sectors.  Examples include: academic research and teaching, journalism, advertising and consumer research, media, law, charitable sector, social work, police and criminology, local and central government, NGOs and tourism development.

 

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