Sociology: Moving on up


Ready to begin your study of Sociology?

Things to read – here

Things to watch – here

Things to listen to – here

Things to think about – here

There is no single route into the study of Sociology after year 11. Although there is a GCSE in Sociology, few students get the chance to study it.

Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Sociology’s subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies. Unifying the study of these diverse subjects of study is sociology’s purpose of understanding how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures.

Sociology is an exciting and illuminating field of study that analyses and explains important matters in our personal lives, our communities, and the world. At the personal level, sociology investigates the social causes and consequences of such things as romantic love, racial and gender identity, family conflict, deviant behaviour, ageing, and religious faith. Sociology examines and explains matters like crime and law, poverty and wealth, prejudice and discrimination, schools and education, business firms, urban community, and social movements. At the global level, sociology studies such phenomena as population growth and migration, war and peace, and economic development.

It’s always best to approach your study of Sociology with an open mind and to be prepared to have your views and ideas challenged as you develop your sociological studies.

So, here are some things to read, some things to watch and some things to listen to. We have also included some ideas for things you may want to argue about.

Bookmark this page and keep checking back for updates as we add more ideas to inspire you. We will also post regular competitions for you to enter.

Please feel free to contact us: to ask questions, make suggestions or just to introduce yourselves

Caroline caroline.buckley@furness.ac.uk

Steve steve.buckley@furness.ac.uk

Things to read – here

Things to watch – here

Things to listen to – here

Things to think about – here