Key Stage 5
What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?
- Involve themselves in lunch-time revision classes.
- Take a leading role in learning in lessons – contribute ideas and think critically about what they read.
- Entering competitions – sociological research.
- Reading widely – see below for wider reading.
- Listening to the news – having a news app on their mobile telephone/ipad and using it; watch out specifically for news items on popular culture, crime, education, the economy.
- Watching specific television programmes which reinforce the curriculum – Question Time; Panorama and specific documentaries on crime.
- Look out for talks and events organised by the British Sociological Society.
- Go on trips/visits organised by Curriculum Areas – for example, to the local courts trip and Tutor2u.
What wider reading can be completed to support the curriculum?
- Sociology AS for AQA (2008): Stephen Moore et al.
- AS Level Sociology: AQA (2008): Keith Trobe et al.
- The Portable Jung – Carl Jung.
- The True Believer: Thoughts of The Nature of Mass Movements – Eric Hoffer.
- Economy and Society – Max Weber.
Sociology In Fiction:
- 1984 - George Orwell.
- The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood.
- We need to talk about Kevin - Lionel Shriver.
- British Sociological Association - www.britsoc.co.uk
- Sociology Review.
- New Internationalist.
- The New Statesmen.
- The Economist.
What websites could students visit to support the curriculum?
www.revisesociology.com - Revise Sociology.
www.sociologyonline.co.uk - Sociology Resources.
www.aqa.org.uk - AQA Resources.
Can film assist with supporting the curriculum?
- The Butler.
- 12 Years A Slave.
- Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom.
- Social Network.
- This Is England.
- Freedom Writers.
- Half Nelson.
How can parents/carers help and what can be done at home?
- Encourage your son or daughter to download free Apps, for example Quizlet.
- Encourage your son or daughter to set up work experience and/or voluntary or charity work, as well as visit the local law courts.
- Discuss economic-related affairs at home; encourage your son or daughter to watch 15-20 minutes of news every day to keep abreast of political, social, economic and world affairs.
- Encourage your son or daughter to talk to the older generation at home about their perspective on events in the past and how society has altered.