A2 Level Sociology · AQA (legacy)
Week 1: Monday 3 - Friday 7 April
Week 2: Monday 10 - Friday 14 April
Week 3: Monday 17 - Friday 21 April
Length of Course
2pm to 6pm daily
Students are required to sit two compulsory units in order to achieve the A2 qualification. 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.
SCLY3 - Beliefs in Society; Global Development; Mass Media; Power & Politics
Beliefs in Society: Different theories of ideology, science and religion; The relationship between religious beliefs and social change; Religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches; The relationship between different social groups, religious beliefs and practices; The significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world.
Global Development: Globalisation, aid and trade development underdevelopment and global inequality; The role of transnational corporations and non-governmental organisations; Development in relation to industrialisation, urbanisation, the environment and war; Employment, education, health, demographic change and gender and development.
Mass Media: The relationship between ownership and control of the mass media; The processes of selection and presentation of the content of the news; Media representations of age, social class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability; The relationship between the mass media, media content and audiences.
Power and Politics: Different theories of the nature and distribution of power and the role of the state; The nature of different forms of political participation, including voting behaviour; The role of political parties, pressure/interest groups; The significance of globalisation for an understanding of power and politics.
SCLY4 - Crime and Deviance or Stratification and Differentiation with Theory and Methods
Crime and Deviance: Different theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control; The social distribution of crime and deviance by age, ethnicity, gender, and social class; Globalisation, the mass media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes; Crime control, prevention
and punishment; The sociological study of suicide and its theoretical and methodological implications; The connections between theory and methods and the study of crime and deviance.
Stratification and Differentiation: Different theories of stratification, by social class, gender, ethnicity and age; Dimensions of inequality life-chances by class, gender, ethnicity, age and disability; The problems of defining and measuring social class; occupation, gender; The nature, extent and significance of patterns of social mobility; The connections between theory and methods and the study of stratification.
Theory and Methods: Consensus, conflict, social action theories and theories of modernity and post-modernity; The nature of science and the extent to which sociology can be regarded as scientific; Debates about subjectivity, objectivity and value freedom; The relationship between sociology and social policy.
N.B. We will be focusing on these topics only.
AS (legacy) Sociology units may be available on request.