A2 in Sociology 2191

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A2 in Sociology 2191

Please note that the last date for exams for this course will be May/June 2016.

This Sociology course has been designed to provide learners with a broad introduction to central aspects of sociology.

The course lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Sociology and related subjects in

Higher Education. In addition to this, the course provides a worthwhile area of study for individuals of various ages and from diverse backgrounds in terms of general education and lifelong learning.

By studying this course the material studied is useful for those intending to pursue careers in the field of Social Sciences.

This A2 course consists of two units:

  • Unit 3 – SCLY3: Beliefs in Society; Global Development; Mass Media; Power and Politics
  • Unit 4 – SCLY4: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods; Stratification and Differentiation with Theory and Methods

The study of Sociology is highly respected and this course will help you to;

  • To gain knowledge and understanding of theory and practice of sociology through direct study of case studies.
  • To encourage and develop an enthusiasm for sociology.
  • To give candidates the chance to form their own personal responses to issues relating to sociology its’ application.

The A2 Units

Unit 3 – SCLY3: Beliefs in Society; Global Development; Mass Media; Power and Politics

In this first unit of the A2 level of the qualification. You will be investigating and practicing skills of analysis and evaluation expected in relation to two of the topics covered in this unit;

  • Mass Media
  • Power and Politics

For each of these areas you will develop your knowledge, understanding as well as the skills of analysis and evaluation in relation to relevant theories, explanations and studies in each the topics studied.

Mass Media
In this section of the unit you will examine the relationship between ownership and control of the mass media. You will investigate the mass media, globalisation and popular culture as well as the processes of selection and presentation of the content of the news. You will consider the Media representations of age, social class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability as well as the relationship between the mass media, media content and presentation, and audiences. Finally you will consider the new media and their significance for an understanding of the role of the media in contemporary society.

Power and Politics
In this section of the unit you will examine the different theories of the nature and distribution of

Power and the role of the contemporary state. You will consider the nature of, and changes in, different forms of political participation, including voting behaviour, political action and protest, and membership of political organisations and movements. In addition you will explore the role of political parties, pressure/interest groups, new social movements and the mass media in the political process. Finally in this part of the unit you will consider the significance of globalisation for an understanding of power and politics in the contemporary world.

Unit 4 – SCLY4: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods; Stratification and Differentiation with Theory and Methods

In this final unit of the course you will develop your skills in theoretical debate and participate actively in the research process. Throughout this final unit, you will be encouraged to use examples drawn from your own experience of small scale social research.

In your study of this unit, you should investigate the following two topic areas;

Crime and Deviance
In this part of the unit you will examine different theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control. You will explore the social distribution of crime and deviance by age, ethnicity, gender, locality and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime. You will consider Globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the mass media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes. You shall investigate aspects of crime control, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies. You will also consider the sociological study of suicide and its theoretical and methodological implications. Finally you should make relevant connections between sociological theory and methods and the study of crime and deviance.

Stratification and Differentiation
In this part of the unit you will examine Different theories of stratification, including stratification by social class, gender, ethnicity and age. You will consider dimensions of inequality: class, status and power; differences in life-chances by social class, gender, ethnicity, age and disability, as well as the problems of defining and measuring social class; occupation, gender, and social class. You will investigate changes in structures of inequality, and the implications of these changes. The nature, extent and significance of patterns of social mobility and also the connections between sociological theory and methods and the study of stratification and differentiation.

By investigating one of these areas the unit will help you to develop an appreciation of the relationship between research, policy and practices in applying sociology in everyday life.

Sociological Research and Scientific Method
In this section you will be expected to extend your knowledge, understanding and skills of research design, data analysis, and data interpretation and reporting gained at AS Level and develop an understanding of the nature of science and scientific method.

The format of the Examinations

PLEASE NOTE: All exams will be held during the May - June exam period.

A2 Units SCLY 3 and SCLY4

Each unit is worth 25% of the total marks available for the A2 GCE. The papers are between 90 minutes and 2 hours.

Unit 3 – SCLY3: Beliefs in Society; Global Development; Mass Media; Power and Politics

20% of A Level
Written paper, 1 hour 30 minutes
60 marks

Candidates choose one topic from four and answer two compulsory questions and one question from a choice of two.

Unit 4 – SCLY4: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods; Stratification and Differentiation with Theory and Methods

30% of A Level
Written paper, 2 hours
90 marks

Candidates choose one topic from two and answer two questions on the chosen topic, one question on sociological research methods in context, and one question on theory and methods. The topics have been arranged for ease of understanding and topic coverage so may be of different length and difficulty. You will need to study them in sequence.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE THE FINAL EXAM DATE FOR THIS COURSE WILL BE IN MAY/JUNE 2016

What's Included

Online Learning Documentation, Online Resources and Tutor support for 1 year.

Further Information

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

January 2013 will be the last January exam period. All future exams will be held during the May - June exam period only.

In the student 'On Campus' area you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

Students are required to arrange and pay for their examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.

Materials and support provided by Oxford Learning. Oxford Learning

 

Course Fee

£215.00

Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

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