|Mr M. Bennett|
Our founder St John Baptist De La Salle was rooted in the society in which he lived. As an educator he challenged the social norms of the time. At this time, society only offered the rich an education. Our founder’s vision for society was one which offered all young people a good academic education that would enable them to take the next steps in life, to be good citizens able to earn their own living, irrespective of the social or financial situation they were born into as an accident of birth. In many ways our founder was a sociologist. A sociologist reads the society in which they live and asks big questions about the nature and purpose of society, how it functions and to what ends?
The GCSE Sociology curriculum is designed to enable our students the time and space to explore what it means to live in 21st century society. The Sociology curriculum equips students with the knowledge and language to challenge their own beliefs and perceptions of society, it furthers their understanding of economic, social and political powers which shape their lives and the lives of their fellow citizens on a local, national and global level.
In an age of global citizenship and changing social, political and economic forces there is no more relevant area of study than Sociology. The study of Sociology creates global thinkers able to critically evaluate the forces within society which seem to have power over them. Sociology allows students to challenge society’s perception of power and aims to give power ‘to’ students, not have power ‘over’ them. Sociology can create a passion for social justice which lies at heart of the Lasallian core principals. At The De La Salle Academy we want our boys to people who strive to create a fair and just world for all people. We want our students to live life to the full, in harmony with their fellow citizens. It is our fervent hope that through the study of Sociology our young men will have the confidence to change society for the betterment of humanity. Sociology is truly a subject that can inspire people top break down boundaries. Our motto for this new discipline is: creating inquisitive and creative minds, able to change society for the good of all.
Sociology is delivered in years four and five of the boys' five year learning journey. Over the two years of learning, GCSE Sociology helps students to gain knowledge and understanding of key social structures, processes and issues through the study of families, education, crime and deviance and social stratification. Students will develop their analytical, assimilation and communication skills by comparing and contrasting perspectives on a variety of social issues, constructing reasoned arguments, making substantiated judgements and drawing reasoned conclusions.
By studying Sociology, students will develop transferable skills, including how to: investigate facts and make deductions, develop opinions and new ideas on social issues, analyse and better understand the social world.
The two years of study are broken down into seven areas of study in which students study key ideas of classical sociologists including Durkheim, Marx and Weber, referencing their view of the world and their contribution to the development of the discipline. Students will also learn how to apply various research methods to different sociological contexts. They will be introduced to sociological terms and concepts concerned with social structures, social processes and social issues.
1. The sociological approach
2. Social structures, social processes and social issues
5. Crime and deviance
6. Social stratification
7. Sociological research methods
The Sociology curriculum encourages students to:
- Apply their sociological knowledge, understanding and skills to develop an understanding of relationships and tension between social structures and individual agency within a UK and global context.
- Critically analyse information and use evidence to make informed arguments, reach substantiated judgements and draw conclusions.
- Use and apply their knowledge and understanding of how social structures and processes influence social control, power and inequality.
- Use sociological theories to understand social issues, debates, social changes and continuities over time.
- Understand and evaluate sociological methodology and a range of research methods.
- Use sociological terminology.
Students will be able to demonstrate the impact of their learning through a variety of assessments, such as:
- Low stakes quizzes form our Prepare to Learn section at the start of each lesson, these are based on the knowledge that is captured in our student knowledge organisers.
- Formative assessment, which takes place as various stages of the learning journey.
- Summative assessments which are identified on the academy cycle.
- End of unit testing and the final external examinations.
Through mastery of the knowledge and application of the key skills students in GCSE Sociology can demonstrate that they can achieve between grades 1 – 9 at GCSE.