Intent of Curriculum.
In Sociology, our intent is for the curriculum to challenge assumptions and to understand how everyone in society is impacted by external factors as well as individuals.
The Purpose of the Curriculum.
Learning Sociology encourages students to become curious about the world in which they live, the groups they belong to and the influences which impact upon their lives. Students should become analytical and question social phenomenon they are familiar with; to consider the impartiality of the media, the role of education and the social construction of criminality. Students will explore the causes of social problems and increase their political literacy. Students will be able to make positive contributions to society; they will be equipped with the skills needed to find solutions to social issues and see the world with empathy.
|Themes which underpin the teaching of Sociology|
|Social Issues||Ways of Investigating Social Life||Concepts||Theories|
|Inequality||What is Positivism?||Influence of CAGE||Structuralism|
|Influence of power||What is Interpretivism?||Consequences in the public/private sphere||Interactionism|
|Stratification||Influence of studies on social policy||Culture & identity||Structuration|
|Differentiation||Methods used by Sociologists||Structure vs agency||Postmodernism|
The study of Sociology should be the first step in a life-long quest for critical thought and plant the seeds for challenging the status quo. Whichever path students ultimately take, their knowledge of Sociology will provide the grounding for becoming active members of society.