GCSE Sociology

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The Sociology GCSE Course – a brief introduction

Have you ever noticed the number of things you do without thinking — like wearing the right clothes, eating with the right implements, or talking in a particular way, and wondered why you feel it essential to behave in this way?

Have you ever thought about society as such and wondered why some should be poor and others rich, why some should be considered more important than others?

Have you ever joined in a demonstration against the authorities and felt the need to participate actively in the governing process?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions, you are going to enjoy learning about the various institutions that make up society, how they function and how they influence your life. You will find it interesting to see how different ‘classical’ thinkers have held different views about society and how there are different ways in which society can be studied.

Each lesson of the GCSE Sociology course begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study.

Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions.  No previous knowledge of Sociology is assumed or required.

Content of the Sociology GCSE Course

The Sociology GCSE Course covers the entire syllabus in 22 lessons, which include the following topics:

Module 1 – Introduction to Sociology

  • What is Sociology?
  • The Family

Module 2 – Education and Stratification

  • Education

Module 3 – The welfare State and Poverty

  • The Welfare State
  • Poverty

Module 4 – Politics and Employment

  • Politics
  • Work
  • Unemployment

Module 5 – Population

  • Population
  • Urbanisation

Module 6 – Social Control and Deviance

  • Social Control
  • Deviance

Module 7 – Mass Media

  • How does the Mass Media influence us?
  • The Power of the Mass Media

The Sociology Specification

Our GCSE Sociology course prepares students for AQA GCSE Sociology  syllabus 4190 for exams in 2017 and and later years.

Oxford Open Learning has chosen this syllabus as it is very suited to the needs of distance learners, whilst covering engaging and interesting topics.

Your Sociology GCSE Examination

Assessment is by two written papers.

Paper 1

  • Studying Society; Education; Families
  • Students Answer All the Questions in 3 sections
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of the overall mark

Paper 2

  • Crime and Deviance; Mass Media; Power; Social Inequality
  • Student choose to answer three sections from a choice of four
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of the overall mark


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