Kenilworth School

Sociology Preparation

Kenilworth School and Sixth Form

Sociology Department-  Preparation work

 

Task 1 - Reading

It will help you at the start of the course to have a basic understanding of some of the Sociological perspectives

The four perspectives that you should look at are:

  • Functionalism
  • Marxism
  • Feminism
  • New Right

 

For each of the perspectives, it would be helpful to find out names of people connected with the perspective, how each perspective explains aspects of society, such as education, family, how they carry out research, how they would make society a better place.

Some helpful website could be: (there are plenty more though)

  • Sociology central http://www.sociology.org.uk/clink.htm (has a range of links, focus should be based on  Introductory, education, methods and Family sections)
  • Tutor2u also has some information.

 

Task 2 – Knowledge of Society

When studying Sociology, it is helpful to have an understanding of what is currently going on in society, examiners are impressed when students can relate theory to contemporary examples.

The BBC website/ news app is fantastic for this, Keep an eye on the Family and education sections.

 

Task 2 – Key terms

Completing a Glossary of terms may be helpful for you to understand some key subject terminology that will be used throughout the course, it will be a good point of reference for you as you begin your Sociology Journey.

 

 

 

 

 

Terms:

 

ageism

Bourgeoisie

capitalism

Civil partnership

Closed-ended questions

Comprehensive system

Conjugal roles

Cultural capital

culture

Deferred gratification

Dual burden

ethnocentric

exploitation

Expressive role

Functional prerequisite

globalisation

Hawthorne effect

household

identity

Ideology

Instrumental role

labelling

Longitudinal study

Macro-level

Micro-level

Material deprivation

Means of production

meritocracy

Mobility

Open-ended questions

patriarchy

Polarisation

Primary data

proletariat

Reconstituted family

Reserve army of labour

role

Sampling

Sampling frame

Secondary data

secularisation

Self-fulfilling prophecy

Social class

Social construction

Social policy

status

stratification

subculture

Triple shift

Underclass

Values