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The Coopers' Company and Coborn School

Sociology

Sociology is taught at A Level only at The Cooper’s Company and Coborn School, which reflects the academic and rigorous nature of the subject. Sociology is the study of society. It explores what unites people in society, as well as the divisions and prejudices which surround us. Issues of wealth and poverty, sexism and racism run through the course.

Sociology helps students to understand why society works in the way it does and the extent to which our behaviour and opportunities can be shaped by our social class, age, gender and race. Sociology allows students to analyse the society in which we live and encourage young people to question the relationship between individuals and institutions. They learn some of the methodologies used in sociological research and thus develop their ability to analyse and evaluate evidence.

Sociology lessons are interactive and participatory; all students contribute to discussion and debate, and open-mindedness and tolerance of the views of others is essential. Teachers frequently use electronic presentations to help them cover the substantial content of the course.

The students are taught in classrooms with interactive whiteboards in the Sixth Form block. Their tutors are Mrs Paulus and Mr Ferreira. Extra resources and links to relevant articles are placed on our virtual learning environment.

Students are also encouraged to pursue their own areas of interest within Sociology through the completion of their own sociological research project due in before their return in September completion of the first year. This gives students the ability to discuss issues surrounding research methods using their own experience.