Sociology at Stanborough offers students an opportunity analyse and evaluate different societies. It is an engaging and effective introduction to Sociology. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by higher education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.
Students study a range of topic areas, and for each they analyse sociological theories, perspectives and methods and they consider the design of the research used to obtain the data under consideration, including its strengths and limitations.
Head of Department: Mr W Maidment
What will students study?
At Key Stage 5, students will study a variety of sociological theories and themes such as functionalism, Marxism, feminism and postmodernism. They then apply these theories and themes to set contexts (Education, Families & Households, Crime & Deviance, Global Development).
How can I support my child in this subject?
Students will receive homework to be completed every week. On top of this, they should spend time reading through and consolidating their class notes along with reading the relevant sections of the textbook.
Talking to your child about the subject and getting them to explain it to you in their own words is very useful. Students should also be looking at sociological stories (Particularly related to the contexts mentioned above) on the web and on TV news. Again, talking to them about these events is useful to help develop their understanding.
What equipment does my child need in this subject?
The core textbooks (there are two separate books for Year 12 and 13). Students will also need highlighters, a lever arch or four ring file, pens, pencils and Post-Its.
Celebrating success in this subject
This is a new subject being taught at Stanborough, but our students have studied sociology at other schools in the consortium. Many students who have gone on to study sociological related degrees after leaving school.