What is Sociology?
Sociology is a subject that requires you to think about things in ways that you previously have not. You will explore different perspectives and be required to evaluate which explanation or view of the world is the best. A lot of what you will discuss will be directly relevant to your lives, or your future.
What will you be looking at in Sociology?
What reading or documentaries are relevant?
- What is happening in society? (Social Research – overlaps with Psychology and Maths)
- Why is it happening? (Social Theory – overlaps with Politics, History and Philosophy)
- What can be done about it? (Social Policy – overlaps with Politics)
Below is a list of general reading and films/documentaries that explore of the issues that you will be discussing in class during your A Levels. Most of the books have summaries online and if you want to access the full text you can get them for free from this link: https://archive.org/
What activities would help you prepare for studying Sociology?
Click the link at the top of the age to view some activities that you could complete to help you prepare for starting your A level in September.
|Suggested Reading List
||Suggested Watch List
|Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
Animal Farm – George Orwell
1984 – George Orwell
Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class – Owen Jones
The Establishment and How They Get Away With It – Owen Jones
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (also a series)
Vox – Christina Dalcher
The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
Outsiders: Studies in Sociology of Deviance – Howard S Becker
Folk Devils and Moral Panics – Stanley Cohen
A Glasgow Gang Observed – Patrick James
Gang Leader For A Day – Sudhir Venkatesh
Sociology Review Magazine
|Documentaries, including Panorama, Louis Theroux, Stacey Dooley, Mind of a Murderer etc
I, Daniel Blake (Amazon Prime)
Years and Years (BBC i-player)
The ‘Up’ series (eg. 56 Up, 63 Up - on Netflix or Youtube)
The Secret Life of 5 year olds (Channel 4 series)
Freedom Writer’s Diary (Amazon Prime)
When They See Us (Netflix)
The Society (Netflix)
Love, Simon (Amazon Prime)
Pixar’s ‘A Bug’s Life or Antz’ (for Marxism)
Ted Talks/Sociology (online)
Made in Dagenham (BBC i-player)
The Wife (Netflix)