Subject Leader - Mr M Evans ([email protected])
Sociology at The Manor Academy is a thriving subject area, which aims to interest and engage all students. We provide every student with opportunities to make excellent progress, to develop in self-confidence and to find excitement in learning. The topics we study are varied and tasks are challenging.
Staff are a motivated and inspiring team who bring a wide range of skills and interests to the department. A lot of focus is put on ensuring that students are adequately supported where required, but also that they are challenged and that they have high expectations of themselves. We aim to do this in a supportive atmosphere that enforces high standards at all times.
Year 9 is a key year in Sociology as it both introduces Sociology as a new subject and is a bridging year for students to prepare for the rigour of GCSE. Students study the themes of culture, identity and socialization through the topics of “Society and Me”, “Hot Topics”, “Crime and Deviance” and “Politics and Power” as well as introducing important exam skills such as analysis and debate.
All students study WJEC Sociology. The WJEC GCSE in Sociology is designed to foster in learners an understanding and critical awareness of the social world around them. The course focuses on the importance of social structure in explaining social issues.
Learners will be encouraged to explore and debate contemporary social issues to enable them to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions and to question their everyday understanding of social phenomena. By following this course, learners will develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.
In Year 10 we study Component 1. In Component 1, learners will consider how human beings acquire their identity and examine the process of passing on culture from generation to generation and in diverse settings. Learners will be encouraged to contemplate how they acquire their individual identity. This theme is continued through a detailed study of two agents of socialisation: families and education, which will provide learners with a deeper, more theoretical understanding of the social world and an awareness that the process of socialisation is contested.
In Year 11, we study Component 2 and prepare for the final examinations. In Component 2, learners will enhance their awareness of the social world through an examination of social structures and their influence on human behaviour. Learners will also develop an understanding of the nature and extent of inequality and will examine competing theories on the causes of inequality through a study of the ideas of the classical sociologists, and a more detailed study of crime and deviance.
In applied methods of sociological enquiry, learners are encouraged to develop their understanding of the research process by studying the stages in carrying out research and in interpreting data. This will assist in their assessment of the evidence used in both components.
Facilities and resources
The department has its own suite of classrooms that are equipped for the teaching of Sociology. We also have access to the library and IT facilities, which we use regularly with the students.
The Sociology Department tries to offer a range of enrichment activities across the year. These include booster sessions and after-school clubs where appropriate. These activities occur throughout the year and your child will be made aware of those that are relevant to them.
At A Level we study AQA Sociology. A GCSE in Sociology is not a prerequisite to study it at A Level. Here we study sociological theories, perspectives and methods including the design of the research used to obtain the data, including its strengths and limitations. Core themes include socialisation, culture and identity, social differentiation, power and stratification as part of social life in contemporary UK society within its globalised context.
In Year One we look at Education, Families and Households and Research Methods.
In Education we look at the role and functions of the education system, including its relationship to the economy and to class structure, differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society, relationships and processes within schools, the significance of educational policies and the impact of globalisation on educational policy.
In Families and Households we look at the relationship of the family to the social structure and social change, with particular reference to the economy and to state policies, changing patterns of marriage and the life course, gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships within the family and the nature of childhood.
In Year Two we look at Beliefs, Crime and Deviance and Theory.
In Beliefs we look at ideology, science and religion, including both Christian and non-Christian religious traditions, the relationship between social change and social stability, religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements, the relationship between different social groups, beliefs and practices and the significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world.
In Crime and Deviance we look at crime, deviance, social order and social control, the social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes, crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment.