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Sociology at St James's

 Sociology is a social science.

‘The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden.’ Bourdieu

In Sociology we aim to teach students about how society functions and what influences the behaviour of individuals and groups. In Sociology we explore three key theories that underpin the sociological approach – Marxists, Feminists and Functionalists. We look at current issues in society as well as historical ones to figure out:

  • The hidden rules that exist in our society and how and why we learn these rules.
  • How our gender, ethnicity and social class affect our lives.
  • Why people break the rules of society and why some individuals commit crimes.
  • How Sociologists research people and society to discover the truth.

We conduct research, read real life case studies and explore both current and historical social issues.

Subject Overview 

Year 10
The Family
Research Methods

Year 11

Crime and Deviance
Social Stratification


Exam board AQA

Paper 1 – The Family and Education
Paper 2 – Crime and Deviance and Social Stratification
Research Methods throughout both papers.


 5 year Learning Journey

  • TTLP