Sociology is a social science which can best be defined as the study of people in groups and the institutions in society. At RMGS, Sociology is offered at Sixth Form level, however students are also introduced to it in Year 9.
Sociology is concerned with studying many things which most people already know something about, such as the family, media and education, which means that sometimes people assume that it is 'common sense'.
This is a very mistaken assumption, as Sociology has actually shown many widely held assumptions to be false, for example, ideas such as there is no real poverty left in Britain, that everyone has equal chances in life, that men are 'naturally' superior to women, All these ideas have been successfully challenged by sociological research.
A Level Content
At RMGS we follow the AQA specification, and study the following topics:
Wealth, Poverty and Welfare (Unit 1) ; Education and Sociological Methods (Unit 2)
Mass Media (Unit 3) ; Crime and Deviance and Theory and Methods (Unit 4)
To find out information about the all the sixth form courses offered please see the sixth form pages.
In Sociology, we are very proud of our AS and A Level results. Students achieve excellent results, and have consistently fulfilled or exceeded their academic potential.
Sociology is taught by three very experienced members of staff: Mrs Rowden-Knowles, Mrs Housden and Ms Matthews.
WHAT IS SOCIOLOGY?
Sociology can be defined as the study of people in social groups. Sociologists believe that human behaviour results from the way that people interact with each other. They are therefore interested in what goes on within social groups, from the smallest, such as family or friendship groups, through to large societies.
Sociologists are interested in patterns of behaviour which are learned. They believe that only some of the things people do are natural, or biologically determined, like blinking and sneezing. They argue that all the rest of the things we do have been taught. We are brought up to behave in certain ways by our parents, teachers and other agencies and structures in society. What we are taught is not ‘natural’ at all. It is just the ways of behaving and thinking which are typical of the society into which we are born at a certain point in history.
In order to examine the different ways of behaving and thinking which are characteristic of different social groups, sociologists undertake social research. They are also concerned with developing theories to explain what they find.
Questions Sociologists Ask:
- How does society shape our lives?
- Do the mass media influence people?
- Do rich people exploit poor people?
- Can we choose our own identities?
- Why do some children do better in school than others?
- Are single parents a problem for society?
- How do politicians’ decisions affect our everyday lives?
During Year 13, you will have the opportunity to visit the Central Criminal Court (The Old Bailey) in London.