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The Social Sciences department believes that studying sociology gives students the opportunity to delve deeper into society and understand how it functions through critically examining ways of life. The Sociology curriculum is aiming to create young Sociologists who evaluate society around them and allow them to gain an appreciation of how and why society works in the way that it does. Students will be exposed to a range of sociological skills and knowledge as well as an appreciation for the work of key sociologists in the past and present.
Students are taught at Key Stage 4 two 80-minute lessons per week and follow the Eduqas 9-1 GCSE Sociology. Students learn about the Family, Education, Sociological Research Methods, Social Differentiation and Stratification and Crime and Deviance. The two 80-minute lessons allow students to delve deeply into Sociology and use and apply their knowledge to understand new and unfamiliar concepts.
In all lessons taught within the history department there are key aspects that are present. There is a clear focus on knowledge retention, though the use of “Knowledge Retrieval”, where students are presented with questions from last lesson, last month and last term. This will help to embed the key knowledge that they need in their long-term memory. Elements of mastery are deeply imbedded within the curriculum so that students practise second order concepts and work with the knowledge they are gaining to become masters of Sociology. By presenting students with the “Bigger Picture” students are able to see how it links to their wider study of society facilitate understanding of and an interest in how Sociology is applied in the real world.
Students will know and understand the key aspects of Sociology and how social groups such as Class, Age, Gender and Ethnicity may impact the life course of an individual. Students will be able to use their deep knowledge and understanding of Sociology to apply it to the real world and think and work like the Sociologists that they study. Students will be able to demonstrate independence, curiosity and resilience, both verbally and in their written work.