Sociology is taught at Sixth Form only as part of the A-Level courses on offer. It is an academic study of social behaviour. The first year of the A-Level course introduces pupils to the key concepts and theories associated with our society and how and why society works in the way it does.
These concepts are supported with research methods and real life sociological studies and delves deeper into theories in an attempt to explain and reason these concepts, whilst gauging pupil interest and understanding.
We encourage pupils to keep up to date with current affairs and sociological issues affecting the world around them, and wider their reading on the topics we cover. The course is taught in a dynamic and interactive way to encourage debate, critique and sharing and justifying opinions.
The topics that are covered in the first year include Sociological Theories, Research Methods, Crime and Deviance, Education, and in the second year, the pupils study Globalisation and Families and Households.
Sociology beyond Hurst
Sociology gives pupils an excellent grounding and solid understanding of the society and culture we live in. It hones in on a number of skills including but not limited to; analysis, interpretation, critical thinking, debate and discussion, all skills which serve pupils well into University and beyond.
At University, Sociology can be studied as a standalone subject, or can be increasingly combined with a number of other courses in Social Sciences e.g. Philosophy, Politics, Criminology, Social Anthropology etc.