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The study of human behaviour in groups 

Sociology is the study of the development, structure and functioning of human society. Candidates studying this specification will acquire knowledge of contemporary social processes and social changes. Candidates will be encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.

 Why study Sociology?

 Sociology is a highly engaging subject that considers why people behave in the way they do in different aspects of society, for example, the family. It is a subject that involves debate and discussion; it enhances analytical skills and can be a stepping stone to a variety of different careers and further education. 


Unit SCLY1: Families and Households

•What different types of family there are in society

•Family diversity looking at ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social class, single-parents and families around the world

•Theory of the family –  different sociological perspectives

•The impact of the demography and the economy on families

•Marriage, cohabitation and divorce considering why trends have changed and divorce rates increased

•Roles and relationships within the family

•Childhood looking at how it has changed and the dark side of the family

•The family and social policy, what had been put in place to support the family

Unit SCLY2: Education and Methods

•History of Education

•The theory of education – different sociological perspectives

•How the economy impacts on education

•Subcultures, policies and reforms

• Key issues in school and variations in education

•Sociological methods; theoretical , practical & ethical considerations of sociological research


Unit SCYL3: Beliefs in society

• Different theories of ideology, science and religion

• The relationship between religious beliefs and social change and stability.

• Religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age  movements

•The relationship between different social groups and religious/spiritual organisations and  movements, beliefs and practices.

• The significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world


Unit SCLY4: Crime and Deviance including theory and methods

•Different theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control.

• The social distribution of crime and deviance by age, ethnicity, gender, locality and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime.

• Globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the mass media and crime; green crime; human  rights and state crimes.

• Crime control, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system

and other agencies.

• The sociological study of suicide and its theoretical and methodological implications.

•The connections between sociological theory and methods and the study of crime and deviance.



Department staff:

Mrs H Matthews (Curriculum Lead) - h.matthews@st-anselms.org.uk 

Miss F Hawkins (Teacher) - f.hawkins@st-anselms.org.uk 

Mrs A Henderson (Teacher) - a.henderson@st-anselms.org.uk