Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College
An Outstanding Catholic School

Sociology


Welcome to the Sociology Department

The sociology department strives to promote, foster and encourage pupils’interest, knowledge, understanding and participation in the nature and understanding of history.

The department aims to provide an enriching, positive and rewarding experience for all pupils and ensure that they achieve their full potential regardless of gender, culture, class, or ethnic origin; by this, making sociology accessible to all, using differentiation throughout its deliveryat Key Stage 5.

When the pupils progress into the Sixth Form they undertake an AS and A2 GCE in sociology that is examined by OCR.

 

What is Sociology?

  • Sociology is the study of the groups and institutions, which make up society.
  • Sociologists are interested in how people live their lives and why.
  • A good Sociology student is always asking questions about why things happen.
  • Sociology gives you the skills to question what people tell you and to make up your mind

      on the basis of evidence.

 

Some of the topics studied are: Socialisation, Culture and Identity; Families and Relationships; Researching and Understanding Social Inequalities; Globalisation and the Digital Social World; and Crime and Deviance.  Sociology gives you skills for many jobs. Communication: Journalism, Law, Media, Human Resources and Teaching.   Analysis: Civil Service, Health Administration, and Social Work.

 

 

What our girls say about Sociology:

“I really like Sociology because we learn about how different societies have different norms and values. I like the fact that we learn about the bigger picture and how diversity forms our society.” Year 12 Student

 

Key Stage 5

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of contemporary social processes and structures
  • Appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues
  • Understand sociological methodology and a range of research methods
  • Reflect on personal experiences and develop an understanding and tolerance of cultural diversity
  • Develop skills that they can utilize as an adult and apply it to their everyday life
  • Reading and writing
  • Understanding, interpreting and analyzing texts
  • Speaking, listening, discussion and debate
  • Research, fact-finding, for example, ICT
  • Reflect in personal experiences and examine their place in society.
  • Organization and communication

 

Rationale

Sociology is the study of human society; it embraces a variety of opinions all of which, however, share the common pursuit of increasing our understanding of the social world. Sociology places the individual within a social context. It is concerned with the study of social structures, processes and issues. In pursuit of this study it has developed a unique and distinctive range of concepts applicable to any human society. Therefore, sociology is taught to the highest standard throughout all of the Key Stage’s.

 

Aims

  • Ensure access to the curriculum for ALL pupils regardless of academic and physical ability, race, class, language, culture, religion or special educational needs.
  • Ensure a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated range of educational experiences for ALL pupils
  • Provide an environment where all pupils are respected and valued and their uniqueness recognized and celebrated,and which is secure, welcoming and safe.
  • Recognize that all pupils have a valuable contribution to make to the learning process and each other’s success, safety and well-being.
  • Educate against and challenge ignorance, prejudice and discrimination.
  • Recognize and address but never condone the existence of racism and sexism in society.
  • Help prepare all pupils for adult life and the world of work in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society
  • Raise an awareness of the existence and needs of those who suffer prejudice and discrimination
  • Celebrate and reflect the cultural, ethnic and religious diversity of the school and community
  • Respond and relate to the requirements of the schools equal opportunity policy

 

Guidelines and strategies

In order for al pupils to obtain maximum benefit from the Sociology curriculum the department will:

  • Select, use and continue to develop teaching and learning resources, which are not bias in their images of people
  • Avoid using language and graphics which reinforces stereotype roles of men and women in society
  • See to provide opportunities for pupils to meet and/or learn about men and women who have a typical roles in the world of work and society
  • Seek to use role models effectively from within the curriculum, the school, environment and society
  • Endeavour to guide pupils in their choice of tasks towards context and activities, which do not reinforce stereotypes and extend their capability and range of interests beyond conventional horizons
  • Avoid race, class, language, culture, gender, physical ability or religion stereotyping or bias in learning strategies, resources and assessment procedures
  • Encourage co-operative group work in which pupils learn to value each other’s contributions
  • Seek to provide pupils with an opportunity to experience, learn from and respect diversity and cultural experiences, perspectives and view points
  • Ensure that ALL pupils contribute confidently during lessons and participate in practical activities
  • Identify, assess, refer and target pupils with Special Educational Needs or English as an additional language Need in line with School Policies
  • Respond and act in line with the School’s Behavior Policy if there is an accident involving physical or verbal abuse
  • Challenge any sexist and racist language or incident
  • Ensure that display and resources reflect the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural School, society and world which we work and live.

 

 

Additional information:

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of contemporary social processes and structures
  • Appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues
  • Understand sociological methodology and a range of research methods
  • Reflect on personal experiences and develop an understanding and tolerance of cultural diversity
  • Develop skills that they can utilize as an adult and apply it to their everyday life
  • Reading and writing
  • Understanding, interpreting and analyzing texts
  • Speaking, listening, discussion and debate
  • Research, fact-finding, for example, ICT
  • Reflect in personal experiences and examine their place in society.
  • Organization and communication

 

Department Statement

The department aims to do this by:

  • Encouraging projects, which provide opportunities for pupils to develop their own interest and encourage personal research and input into projects and group work
  • Ensure positive promotion of the role of women in society
  • Providing a bright, safe and stimulating atmosphere and environment
  • Offering support in pupils’intentions to take non-traditional routes for jobs or careers
  • Seeking parental support
  • Seeking to prevent links with women from industry
  • Developing pupils’confidence at investigative, exercises
  • Having open access to facilities.