The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden.”
– Pierre Bourdieu
Our social science curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the worlds of sociology, psychology and even criminology. It introduces students to the concepts, disciplines and critical thinking of those who study human behaviour and develops in students an appreciation of the work and theories of eminent figures in these fields.
Mrs V Pasco
Head of Social Sciences
The social sciences curriculum intends to provide a broad framework that challenges all students to question society, its structures and themselves in order to become educated citizens able and motivated to fulfil their potential in a postmodern world.
It is designed and delivered to:
- inspire students’ curiosity to know more about the issues that affect people in society, looking at topics such as beliefs, gender, social class and crime (OPENING HEARTS through inspiration)
- develop in students a coherent knowledge and detailed understanding of how society has evolved and what it means to live in a postmodern world as well as the theoretical perspectives that provide a framework for discussion of that postmodern world (OPENING MINDS to new knowledge) both through its past and across cultures
- help students understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time (OPENING MINDS to deeper understanding)
- motivate students to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement (OPENING DOORS through the application of developing skills)
- equip students with the confidence, knowledge and skills that will enable them to prepare for further study and life itself (OPENING DOORS through wider reading, debate and discussion and independent learning)
Key Stage 5 social science students follow the WJEC Criminology, BTEC Level 3 Applied Psychology or the AQA Sociology specification. For further details, please follow the link below.
A Level Sociology
A Student’s View
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Former Notre Dame student, went on to study English Literature at University of Cambridge