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Term 1

Sociology: The Mass Media, globalisation and popular culture. The New Media and its impact.
  • Students will understand the concept and nature of globalisation and be able to debate the varying viewpoints on its impact on the media and society
  • Students will understand what is meant by popular culture and be able to debate the impact of the global mass media upon it, which a particular focus on the question of whether there is now a single global popular culture
  • Students will understand the concept and impact of the new media on the mass media and society, and be able to link it to other areas of the unit; they will be able to debate the neophiliac and neophobe perspectives.
Term 2
Sociology: The process of selection and presentation of the news. Media representations of difference social groups. The relationship between the media and audiences.
  • Students will understand and be able to discuss the processes that underlie the selection and presentation of the news, including journalistic news values, practical and structural factors; students will be able to express Marxist and pluralist viewpoints on these
  • Students will understand the following theoretical areas: passive audience models, active audience models and studies about the link between the media and violence; students will be able to debate these issues from different theoretical perspectives.
  • Students will be able to discuss, from theoretical perspectives, the way the media presents different social groups.
Term 3
Sociology: Recap of Research Methods. Different theories of crime, deviance and social control. The distribution of crime by age, ethnicity, gender, class and locality.
  • Students will revisit research methods and be able to explain their strengths and limitations
  • Introduction of Unit 4, its content and the PLC.
  • Students will be able to explain the difference between crime and deviance, and be able to debate different sociological perspectives on the causes of crime and deviance in society
  • Students will be able to give explanations for varying crime rates among different social groups
Term 4
Sociology: Globalisation and crime. The media and crime. Green crime. Human rights and state crime. Crime prevention and punishment.
  • Students will understand the impact of globalisation on crime, specifically the emergence of new types of crime the impact on law enforcement
  • Students will be able to debate sociological views on the links between the mass media and crime, including moral panics
  • Students will understand and be able to debate differing perspectives on green crime and state crime / human rights
  • Students will understand and be able to explain different approaches to crime prevention and social control
Term 5
Sociology: Sociological theory. The science debate. Revision and exam preparation.
  • Students will be able to discuss the impact of the following perspectives on society: Marxism, neo-Marxism, Functionalism, Feminism, Interactionism, Realism, Postmodernism
  • Students will be able to debate whether sociology is / is not a science and place this in a framework using Popper, Kuhn and others
  • Students will be able to debate the relevance of interactionist and positivist methodologies
  • Students will start to revise, with initial focus on methods in context questions
Term 6
Sociology: Revision
  • Students will continue to revise, with time allocated to both Unit 3 and Unit 4, using PLCs and a guide to weak areas. A focus on exam questioning and paragraph structuring throughout.