Members of the Department
Sociology is the study of society. It provides analysis of the patterns in our world and attempts to understand how society works. It encourages us to see the world through the eyes of other people and questions that which appears as obvious or common sense.
Berger states that, the fascination of Sociology lies in the fact that its perspective makes us see in a new light the very world in which we have lived all our lives....It can be said that the first wisdom of Sociology is this "things are not what they seem".
(Berger, P. 1966, Invitation to Sociology, Harmondsworth, Penguin)
Key Stage 5 (GCE)
A-Level Sociology follows the WJEC specification. The structure of course and scheme of assessment is as follows:
Two examinations at the end of Year 13 - 40% of A-Level:
- Unit 1 - Acquiring Culture: Culture, Identity and Families and Households (15% of A Level). Written paper 1 hour 15 minutes 60 marks
- Unit 2 - Understanding Society and Methods of Sociological Enquiry: Education and Sociological Methods (25% of A Level). Written paper 2 hours 90 marks
Two examinations at the end of Year 14 and an option to repeat AS modules - 60% of A-Level:
- Unit 3 - Power and Control: Crime and Deviance (25% of A Level) Written paper 2 hours 70 marks
- Unit 4 - Social Inequality and Applied Methods of Sociological Enquiry (35% of A Level) Written paper 2 hours 15 minutes 100 marks
- Thinking critically
- Developing arguments
- Working with others
- Problem solving
- Awareness of local and global affairs
- Extended writing
- Managing information
A-Level Sociology Conference at Queens University Belfast
Crumlin Road Gaol
Studying Sociology may lead on to a wide variety of careers including Criminology, Social Work, Law, Journalism and Media, Administration and Medicine. Many sociology students go onto study this subject either on its own or as part of combined Arts or Social Science degree. A background in Sociology is useful for many other subject areas.
Advice worker, Community development worker, Counsellor, Further education lecturer, Social researcher, Social worker, Charity fundraiser, Housing manager/officer, Human resources officer, Primary school teacher,Probation officer, Secondary school teacher, Youth worker