Sociology is all about society – why people behave the way they do. So if you are interested in why people join religious cults or the effects riots can have on communities, this subject will fascinate you.
What will I study?
In this subject you are challenged to really understand how society works. Among the topics you will study are families and households – this will include looking at questions such as: Are children becoming part of the adult world too quickly?
You will also study living arrangements on a Kibbutz in Israel. Research methods will also be studied – such as covert observation, which could be used to study criminal gangs or football hooligans. Religion and crime also form an interesting part of the course. You will study criminal gangs, look at why girls are outperforming boys at school, why people join religious cults, and the media’s role in creating moral panics about child killers.
These topics will help you to develop a critical awareness of how the world really operates and why. Assessment is by written examination.
Opportunities include educational visits, as well as attending student events held at Lancaster University, and trips such as to the Manchester Police Museum.
Where might it lead?
Sociology is an academically demanding subject regarded as an acceptable A Level by universities.
A qualification in Sociology can lead to a wide variety of careers.Some of the more popular choices include: Law, the police, teaching, journalism, personnel management, nursing and marketing.