Sociology A Level revision course in London (Easter)


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Why do an Easter Revision course in Sociology at Ashbourne?

The Sociology Easter Revision course will be taught by Stephen Burton. Stephen is a hugely experienced tutor and semi-retired head of a large comprehensive on the outskirts of London. He has a hugely impressive list of qualifications including BA Hons Geography (University of Leicester), PGCE (University of Leicester) and a PhD in Philosophy (University of Leicester). Students will benefit from his extensive first-hand experience, as well as from the small size of the revision group and the emphasis on individual attention – key features of the Easter Revision programme at Ashbourne.

There will be revision in the following areas:

The role and functions of the education system, including its relationship to the economy and class structure
Differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society
Relationships and processes within schools, with particular reference to teacher/pupil relationships, pupil identities and subcultures, the hidden curriculum, and the organisation of teaching and learning
The significance of educational policies, including policies of selection, marketisation and privatisation, and policies to achieve greater equality of opportunity or outcome, for an understanding of the structure, role, impact and experience of and access to education; the impact of globalisation on educational policy.

There will be revision in the following areas:

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
Crime, deviance, social order and social control
The social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime
Globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the media and crime; green crime; human rights and state
crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies

Theory and Methods

Students must examine the following areas:

  • Quantitative and qualitative methods of research; research design
  • Sources of data, including questionnaires, interviews, participant and non-participant observation, experiments, documents and official statistics
  • The distinction between primary and secondary data, and between quantitative and qualitative data
  • The relationship between positivism, interpretivism and sociological methods; the nature of ‘social facts’
  • The theoretical, practical and ethical considerations influencing choice of topic, choice of method(s) and the conduct of research
  • Consensus, conflict, structural and social action theories
  • The concepts of modernity and post-modernity in relation to sociological theory
  • The nature of science and the extent to which Sociology can be regarded as scientific
  • The relationship between theory and methods
  • Debates about subjectivity, objectivity and value freedom;The relationship between Sociology and social policy
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    See our full list of A level revision courses in London or read more about our Easter Revision Course programme.