Sociology is the study of the society in which we live and it examines how we are influenced and shaped through being members of groups and organisation. Sociology is a challenging, academic subject and, as such, is highly regarded by universities and employers. In order to succeed, students will be required to read widely for this course. If you have an interest in news and current affairs then the chances are, you are already doing this
Is the course difficult?
Sociology is challenging but equally deeply engaging and this heightens students’ interest in the areas we study and so reading and writing essays becomes something they enjoy as they can develop their analytical and evaluative skills. .
How is the course taught?
This course is taught by enthusiastic and well informed teachers who love this subject and want to share that interest with you. Students studying Sociology can expect to use a variety of learning methods in their lessons, including group work, debate and guided reading.
What skills can be gained from the course?
Sociology students are encouraged to think independently and approach new subjects with an enquiring mind. They will develop their skills of analysis and problem solving. They will also build on their communication and oral skills. This means the course combines well with History, English and Politics in particular. Student will learn to handle a lot of information from varying perspectives and be able to put forth the most convincing and strongest arguments.
Why should I study Sociology?
Sociologists study people in society, looking at small groups like the immediate family, larger ones like a school or workplace, very large institutions like the education system or the political system, and whole societies like Scotland or Britain. Put simply, sociology is the attempt to understand how society works. It provides description and analysis of the patterns and structures in human relationships, and encourages us to see the world through the eyes of other people. Students will investigate the democratic process in making anti-discrimination legislation, family law, educational policies and will gain a stronger understanding of our criminal justice system.