Course Structure

What does the course consist of?


Studying Society

This is an introductory unit which looks at what Sociology is, key words in Sociology and focuses on how Sociologists carry out their research, including the use of observations and questionnaires.


In this unit, students have to understand the structure of the education system, as well as influences on performance, such as gender, being labelled by a teacher, wealth and ethnicity.  Students will also be required to discuss what education should cover?  E.g. should it encourage ‘Britishness’?


In this unit, students look at different family types, such as the traditional nuclear family, single parents, homosexual relationships and reconstituted families.  Students also look at the pattern of divorce, and the change in relationships between males and females

Crime and Deviance

Students will consider the ways in which individuals are encouraged to conform, the usefulness of crime statistics, the impact of crime on victims and explanations of criminal behavior.

Mass Media

The significance of mass media on how we develop (e.g. gender specific advertising for toys), stereotyping, the power of mass media, and related issues, such as the encouragement of violence.

Social Inequality

The unequal distribution of wealth, income, status and power, and how life chances are influenced by such differences, including social factors such as ethnicity, age and gender.



Unit 1: Families and Households

This covers topics including;  

  • Changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce and child-bearing
  • Gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships
  • Demographic trends including birth rates and death rates

Unit 2: Education

This covers topics including;  

  • Role and purpose of education 
  • Differential educational achievement of social groups by class, gender and ethnicity 
  • Using sociological research methods to study education


Unit 3: Mass Media

This covers topics including:

  • Who owns and controls the media– and why this is important
  • The impact of the rise of Twitter and Facebook
  • The impact of media on moral panic
  • Impact of media violence on its consumers

Unit 4: Crime and Deviance

This covers topics including;

  • Different theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control
  • Distribution of crime and deviance by age, gender, ethnicity, locality and class
  • Crime control, prevention and punishment

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