To develop your theoretical understanding of sociological issues and research methods used by sociologists to gather information on human behaviour (e.g. educational achievement, religious beliefs, political ideology).
You will require a grade 6 or higher in English language and a grade 6 in a humanities subject.
Unit 1 – Education with methods in context
- Sociological theories and research methods and their application to the study of different sociological issues
- Education including the difference in achievement between different social groups, sociological theories of education and changes in educational provision in the UK since the 19th century.
Unit 2 – Research methods and family and households
- The different sociological research methods, their strengths and limitations including practical, ethical and theoretical issues
- The family and households including sociological theories of the family, changes in divorce, marriage and cohabitation, changes in family structure, family diversity, single parenthood, single person households, the development of childhood, the change in roles of family members and social policies and their influence on the family.
Unit 3 – Belief systems
- The different theories of religion and secularisation
- The difference in religious participation between men and women, different social classes, ethnic groups and ages
- The link between politics and religion
- Religion in a global context
- Religion vs. science.
Unit 4 – Theories and methods and crime and deviance
- Different sociological research methods, their strengths and limitations including practical, ethical and theoretical issues
- The different sociological theories and sociology as a science
- Crime and deviance including theories of crime, differences in criminal participation between men and women, social classes and ethnic groups and global crime
- Crime statistics and how they are constructed, the differences in levels and types of crime in different areas.
Recommended text books to be advised by the tutor.
Higher Education, work in teaching, probation, police, nursing, social work, human resources and research.