A Level Sociology – Programme of Study

Sociology AQA

This qualification offers an engaging and effective introduction to Sociology. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject of Sociology and develop skills valued by higher education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

  Summer term   
DatesNo of weeksTopics
(6 periods p week)
No. of lessonsLearning ObjectivesAssessment tasks
September 2th – December 11th14Topic 4.2.2 Beliefs in Society

  • Ideology, science and religion, including both Christian and non-Christian religious traditions

  • The relationship between social change and social stability, and religious beliefs, practices and organisations

  • Religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements, and their relationship to religious and spiritual belief and practice

  • The relationship between different social groups and religious/spiritual organisations and movements, beliefs and practices

  • The significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world, including the nature and extent of secularisation in a global context, and globalisation and the spread of religions


84

  • Identify and understand functionalist and marxist views regarding religion and society. Evaluate their impact.

  • Examine the functions of religion in society.

  • Identify and understand the importance of religion in society.

  • Compare and contrast the views of main theorists and sociologists regarding religion.


  • Coursework on a daily basis on the current topics.
  • Homework on a weekly basis on the current topics.

  • Classroom tests.

  • Exam based essay writings.

  • Exam technique.

  • Review key contents.

  • Mock exam in November


January 5th – May 14th17Topic 4.3.1 Crime and Deviance and
4.3.2 Theory and methods


  • Functionalism. Crime, deviance, social order and social control

  • Marxism. Crime, deviance, social order and social control

  • Labelling Theories of crime

  • Realism. Rime, deviance, social order and social control.

  • The social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime.

  • 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 other agencies


102

  • Identify and understand the views of Functionalists, Marxists and Realists regarding Crime and Deviance. Evaluate their theories.

  • Identify and understand and evaluate the subcultural theory.

  • Understand the labelling process and its consequences for those who are labelled.

  • Evaluate labelling theories

  • Explore notions of differential treatment of men and women within the criminal justice system

  • Identify the key trends and patterns in the rates of offending by different ethnic groups

  • Know the main patterns of media representation of crime and how these differ from the picture of crime in official statistics

  • Understand what a moral panic is.

  • Understand the different types of green crime .Identify what primary and secondary green crime is. Evaluate sociological explanations of environmental harm.

  • Understand and be able to evaluate a range of crime prevention and control strategies. Understand and evaluate the different perspectives on punishment.


    • Coursework on a daily basis on the current topics.

    • Homework on a weekly basis on the current topics.

    • Classroom tests.

    • Exam based essay writings.

    • Exam technique.

    • Review key contents.

    • Mock exam in April

      May 16th – May 28th2

      • The relationship between positivism, interpretivism and sociological methods

      • The theoretical, practical and ethical considerations influencing choice of topic, choice of method and the conduct of research.

      • The distinction between quantitive and qualitive data and primary and secondary data.

      • Sources of data, including questinnaires, interviews, observation,experiments, documents and official statistics.


        • Students must be able to distinguish between primary and secondary data, and between quantitative and qualitative data. Quantitative and qualitative methods of research; their strengths and limitations; research design. The relationship between positivism, interpretivism and sociological methods; the nature of ‘social facts’
          To recognise different sources of data, including questionnaires, interviews, participant and non-participant observation, experiments, documents, and official statistics.


          • Coursework on a daily basis on the current topics.

          • Homework on a weekly basis on the current topics.

          • Classroom tests.

          • Exam based essay writings.

          • Exam technique.

          • Review key contents.

          • Mock exam in April.

            June 20th – June 24th
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