Sociology is taught by

Ms S Hakim Head of Sociology
Mr M A Khan Sociology Teacher
Mrs R Karim Sociology Teacher
Mrs R Samy Sociology Teacher

Curriculum overview & aims (KS4)

Sociology is the study of society and people. It explores the relationships forged between the individual and society and looks at the role of institutions like the family and media in influencing behaviour of individuals.

Your culture, your family and your friends also help shape your identity, and in sociology we explore what it means to be a boy or a girl and how we learn gender appropriate behaviour. What happens if we do not behave appropriately? What happens if we question authority? Why do we follow rules? In what ways are we socialised to be controlled?

The study of sociology encourages students to think independently, to open their minds and question social structures and developments. Through creative learning involving project work and external visits students are expected to develop debating, explanation, analysis and evaluation skills, all the while improving their literacy through extended essay writing.

Year 9

Students will study and start their GCSE Sociology course following the Eduqas Board. They will study:

  • Understanding Social Processes
  • The Family
  • Research Methods

Year 10

During the second year of the course they will study:

  • Crime and Deviance
  • Research Methods

Year 11

Students will begin the final year of their GCSE Sociology course and will study:

  • Understanding social structures
  • Inequality
  • Revision of previous learning

How students are assessed

Sociology at LIS is a highly subscribed subject; students at LIS are passionate about Sociology and the opportunity to study a challenging and relevant subject.  GCSE Sociology at LIS achieves high grades with students making excellent progress.

Home Learning

Students will receive homework in line with the school expectations.  Students are expected to remain up to date with current affairs and to look at affairs with a sociological mind.

How parents/carers can support their child

Parents/carers can support their child by checking their diaries and looking on Show My Homework.

Possible Careers

Advice Worker Community Development worker
Family support worker Further education teacher
International aid/development worker Social researcher
Social worker Youth worker
Actuarial analyst Charity fundraiser
Housing manager/officer Human resources officer
Probation officer Public relations officer
UX Analyst  

Useful websites

School Sociology – resources, worksheets and materials: www.barrycomp.com/bhs

Association for the Teaching of Social Sciences: www.atss.org.uk

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation – recent research: www.jrf.org.uk

The BBC – especially the news pages: www.bbc.co.uk/society

Office for National Statistics: www.statistics.gov.uk

Kath Young’s revision guide – useful revision guide: www.webschool.org.uk/sociology/revguide.doc

Truetube – uploaded video clips made by students: http://www.truetube.co.uk/

Tutor 2 U – detailed notes and discussion areas: http://tutor2u.net/sociology/gcse-sociology.html

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