Sociology has been a popular subject at A/S and A/2 level for the past 8 years and is delivered by Mrs Lundy, Dr Walsh and Mrs Hawes.
This subject, which is relatively new to pupils when they reach sixth form:
- provides us with an understanding of how social forces shape individual attitudes and behaviour
- shows us how societies are developed and maintained.
- challenges our common sense notions about the social world that we live in.
- helps us to the appreciate the diversity that exists in the human population.
Perhaps most fundamentally of all, sociology enables us to understand ourselves. The way that we think, behave, and feel, indeed our very sense of identity, is socially produced. People often speak of human nature as though deep within us there lies some reservoir of natural impulses that determine the way that we behave. There is, however, no such thing as human nature, for the way that we think, behave, and feel is shaped by what sociologists call the process of socialization. This provides us with language, gives us our values and beliefs, establishes our identity, and so turns us into members of society.
It is closely related to Psychology as this has a great influence on human behaviour in all aspects of society.
Sociology opens up avenues in psychology, social work, teaching, business management, sport-related areas, history, journalism and law. There is plenty of opportunity for debate and discussion in class with students building their verbal skills and confidence – both essential for any profession.