Education with Theory and Methods – Exam Paper – 33% of marks
Topics in Sociology: Beliefs in Society, Families & Households – Exam Paper – 33% of marks
Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods – Exam Paper – 33% of marks
• The role and history of the education system and policies: how has the education system changed and does this benefit every member of society?
• Differences in achievement between social groups in society: why are boys and working class groups more likely to underachieve in education?
• How processes inside the school affect achievement, such as teacher labelling: which social groups are teachers more likely to label, how does this affect student performance?
• How sociologists conduct research into the education system: sociologists study society, its members and their behaviour – how do you measure people’s behaviour?
• The different types of methods sociologists use to study human behaviour including interviews, participant observation and questionnaires.
Beliefs in society and families and households
• Changing patterns of families and family life in society: it used to be 2:5 children as the “ideal family”, but many families don’t fit this mould.
• The changing roles of women within the family and society: from housewife, to worker to the triple shift – have women achieved equality?
• The position of children in society: children once worked but are now seen as dependants – is this the same cross culturally?
• Religious organisations in society: from cults, to sects, to denominations and churches, who belongs to what?
Crime and deviance
• The social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class: who is more likely to be a victim or perpetrator of crime in society?
• The media and crime: is the public’s perception of crime real or has the media created these figures to create panic in society?
• Crime control and prevention: what makes people conform to societies rules? What can be done to stop them from deviating?
Theory and methods
• Sociology and science: is sociology a science? Can we measure society and the behaviour of its members in a scientific manner?