What is Sociology?
Sociology is an exciting subject that challenges your everyday experiences. It is the study of the relationship between the individual and society.
Sociologists are interested in why society works in the way that it does and the extent to which our identity, behaviour and opportunities can be shaped by our social class, age, gender, and race.
Why Choose Sociology?
Are all ‘hoodies’ hooligans? Why are young black people nine times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people? Why do girls do better at school than boys? Who in society is most likely to be a criminal and why? Who has the most power in society and how?
If these are questions you wish to debate and explore, then sociology is the right subject for you.
Sociology is about your life and the world around you. It is a subject that will not only help you to understand how you became the person you are today, but also will help you understand many aspects of your future. You can bring your own life events and ideas into the classroom.
Studying sociology will encourage you to question beliefs about society which you may have previously taken for granted. It helps you understand that the society we are presented with is not always the true picture and it will help you understand who is trying to manipulate your ideas and why they are trying to do that.
What Careers Might It Lead To?
There are many careers where a qualification in sociology is useful. Many sociologists go into social work – community projects, charity work, welfare advisors and other areas of social services. Other careers are civil service, prison officers, journalists, police and teaching. A qualification in sociology will provide you with many key skills, including logical thinking, planning, research and negotiation – all of which can be used in a variety of careers.