|Mr N Amin||Head of Department|
Sociology is the study of modern society and for this reason, it presents a fascinating opportunity for anyone who is interested in gaining an intelligent understanding of the increasingly complex and changing world in which we live.
What impact has multiculturalism had on British identity? Why is there an increase in family breakdown? Has modern society eliminated religion from our lives? Why do people become religious fundamentalists? Is Britain controlled and run by a small yet powerful elite? How prevalent is racism in modern Britain? What are the causes of poverty? Does capitalism create crime and oppression? Are women in modern societies liberated or oppressed? Does the education system unfairly favour the middle class? Are we in control of our lives or are we like puppets on the strings of society? If you are interested in having an intelligent debate about the crucial questions that confront modern societies then studying Sociology will provide a perfect platform to air your views and have them challenged.
Sociology helps to develop important skills such as comprehension, interpretation, analysis and reasoned argument. A good grade at GCSE in a broad balance of subjects is desirable rather than a specific grade in any particular subject. The first year of study primarily focuses on a study of human identity, the changing nature of the family and the nature and extent of social inequalities. An understanding of the complex ways in which human identity is formed in modern society places particular emphasis on the formation of class, ethnic and gender identity with a consideration of the emerging impact of sexual and age identity. The second year continues with the theme of social inequalities but within the broader context of cultural and economic globalization. The impact and relevance of religion, as a source of meaning and purpose, is also an important topic of study that centres on the ways in which religion can be used both as a means of liberation and oppression. The growing prominence of religious fundamentalism,as a social and cultural reality, is also examined as a fascinating paradox of the modern world: the less religious society becomes, the more the need for religion arises.
Sociology has important links with Politics, History, Economics, Psychology, English Literature and Philosophy. Sociology opens up opportunities to pursue a wide range of careers in fields such as academia, social work and business management.
For further information about the details of the syllabus please visit the OCR website: OCR Sociology A Level H580