A Level Sociology · AQA
Week 1: 1 April – 5 April
Week 2: 8 April – 12 April
Week 3: 15 April – 19 April
Length of Course
2pm to 6pm daily
Students are required to sit three compulsory units in order to achieve the A level qualification. 50% of the content for the full A level qualification will be covered in the AS (reformed) course. The topics to be covered will be based on demand on a first come first served basis. Sufficient material will be covered in the revision course while taking into account the needs of individual students. Attention will be focused on the key assessment objectives of the examination and students will be helped to develop both their understanding of the key sociological issues and their examination technique. The topics for revision are listed below.
Beliefs in Society
The study of ideology, science and religion, the relationship between social change and social stability, and religious beliefs, practices and organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements. The relationship between different social groups and religious beliefs and practices. The significance of religion in the contemporary world, the nature
and extent of secularisation, globalisation and the spread of religions.
The concepts of development, underdevelopment and global inequality, globalisation and its influence. The role of transnational corporations, NGO’s and international agencies in strategies for development. Development in relation to aid and trade, industrialisation, urbanisation, the environment, and war and conflict. Employment, education, health, demographic change and
gender as aspects of development.
The new media and their significance for the role of the media in contemporary society. The relationship between ownership and control of the media, content and presentation, and audiences. The media, globalisation and popular culture, processes of selection and presentation of the content of the news. Media representations of age, social class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability.
Stratification and Differentiation
Stratification and differentiation by social class, gender, ethnicity and age focusing on differences in life-chances by social class, gender, ethnicity, age and disability. Problems of defining and measuring social class; occupation, gender and social class. Changes in structures of inequality, including globalisation and the nature, extent and significance of patterns of social
Crime and Deviance
Explanations of crime, deviance, social order and social control, the social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class. Globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes. Crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and
Consensus, conflict, structural and social action theories, the concepts of modernity and post-modernity in relation to sociological theory. The nature of science and the extent to which Sociology can be regarded as scientific, including the relationship between theory and methods, debates about subjectivity, objectivity and value freedom. The relationship between Sociology and social policy.
N.B. We will be focusing on these topics only.