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Suitable for: SUITABLE FOR: This course is suitable for all students over the age of 17. Students can study on this course no matter where you are in the World. The course is made up of various units and each build up your knowledge base of the subject. Courses are all delivered in English.
A Level in Sociology (AS) 1191
The course aims to give you some fundamental and lasting insights into how human societies are constructed, how they influence our beliefs and daily lives. Sociology is about developing a critical understanding of society, and through this understanding providing a basis for highlighting and explaining social problems such as ill health, poverty and crime. As well as learning about how society influences individual lives, you will also learn how to express yourself coherently, how to challenge and evaluate information presented to you and how scientific information is produced.
The course lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Sociology and related subjects in higher education. In addition, it provides a worthwhile course for candidates of various ages and from diverse backgrounds in terms of general education and lifelong learning. Equally, material studied would be useful for candidates intending to pursue careers in any of the Social Sciences.
Sociology is a dynamic, ever changing subject with new information and studies constantly confirming or challenging existing theories and producing new ones. The subject matter of sociology is uniquely around and within you, it is essential that you are curious about the why's and how's of societies processes in all settings from cradle to grave, from peer groups to institutions like schools and the class system. The purpose of this course is to help students look around them in a more analytical manner, to understand and question why things are the way they are, and what can be done to change the more negative aspects of our society.
Like the majority of academic subjects at A level, Sociology has its own distinct set of terms. You will be expected not only to recognise and understand these terms in examination papers, but be able to use them correctly in your answers. Psychology also contains many examples of research and different perspectives you will be required to know methodological details and results of many of these. Students are recommended to have a notebook or index cards to develop a file of key words and Studies/researchers/perspectives as you go along in order to help with revision and evaluation skills.
The AS Level Sociology course consists of 6 modules, 3 for each unit. The modules are further broken down into clear subject topics. At the end of each topic is a set of key words, which you should be able to define as a revision exercise, as well as activities throughout the text to ensure understanding of important aspects of the topic. Topic coverage may vary in length and difficulty depending on the level of detail and information required. You will need to study the modules in the sequence provided. There are three tutor marked assignments associated with each unit which should be sent to your tutor, as well as an introductory assignment to introduce yourself to your tutor.
Course Format and assessment
This new specification (from September 2008) reflects the changes that the Qualifications Curriculum Authority have implemented to classify psychology as a science. This means that in addition to the sociology subject matter in previous specifications students are now required to study psychological research and methodology as an integral part of the course rather than in isolation.
The new format also reduced the number of units to be studied from 6 to 4, with 2 being studies at AS level and 2 at A2.
Unit 1 - SCLY1 Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Wealth, Poverty and Welfare
40% of AS, 20% of A Level Written paper 1 hour 60 marks Candidates choose one topic from the three available and answer one question Each question consists of five parts Available January and June
Unit 2 - SCLY2 Education; Health; Sociological Methods
60% of AS, 30% of A Level Written paper 2 hours 90 marks Candidates choose one topic (Education or Health) and answer one question on the chosen topic, one question on sociological research methods in context and one question on research methods Available January and June
Unit 3 - SCLY3 Mass Media
20% of A Level Written paper 1 hour 30 minutes 60 marks Candidates choose one topic from four and answer one compulsory question and one question from a choice of two Available January and June
Unit 4 - SCLY4 Power and Politics
30% of A Level Written paper 2 hours 90 marks Candidates choose one topic from the three available and answer one question on the chosen topic, one question on sociological research methods in context and one question on theory and methods Available January and June
All the following are an integral part of the study of each topic area:
- Sociological theories, perspectives and methods.
- The design of the research used to obtain the data under consideration, including its strengths and weaknesses.
Candidates must study the following two core themes:
- Socialisation, culture and identity.
- Social differentiation, power and stratification.
These themes should be seen as threads running through many areas of social life and not be regarded as discrete topics.
The AS course is laid out as follows:
Introduction Topic 1 Introduction to Sociology
Initial assignment. Introduction to Tutor Topic 2 Culture and Identity
Assignment 1 Section A Topic 3 Families and households
Assignment 2 Section B Topic 4 Wealth poverty and welfare
Unit 2 Topic 5 Education
Assignment 4 Topic 6 Health
Assignment 5 Topic 7 Sociological methods
Assignment 6Topic 8 Preparing for the AS exam.
The A2 course is laid out as follows:
Unit 3 Topic 9 Theory and Methods
Assignment 7 Topic 10 Global Development
Assignment 8 Topic 11 Mass Media
Assignment 9 Topic 12 Power and politics
Unit 4 Topic 13 Crime and Deviance
Assignment 11 Topic 14 Stratification and Differentiation
Assignment 12 Topic 15 Global Development
Assignment 13Topic 16 Preparing for the A2 exam