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Higher Sociology (Course Code: C768 75)

SCQF Level 6 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Sociology?

Sociology is the study of the development, structure and functioning of human society. This course aims to develop knowledge and understanding of sociological concepts, theories and methods and the ways in which they are used to analyse and explain areas of society. You will get the opportunity to develop the ability to interpret, analyse and evaluate sociological arguments, evidence and research methods in a critical way.

Sociology makes a useful contribution to your general education and personal development, as well as providing a basis for further study at a more advanced level. The skills you learn on this course are useful in career areas such as social work, advisory services, teaching or social research.

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college, but you would normally be expected to have achieved:

What will I study?

In this course you will actively investigate human society, cultures and social issues. You will apply sociological perspectives, theories, concepts and research evidence to analyse society. The sociological understanding that develops from learning in this course is used to question commonly-held assumptions about society and to consider sociological explanations.

The course consists of three compulsory units and the course assessment unit.

Sociology: Human Society (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Sociology: Culture and Identity (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Sociology: Social Issues (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment (6 SCQF credit points)

The course assessment has two components with a total of 90 marks:

The question paper will assess your use of skills, and your knowledge and understanding of sociological perspectives, theories and concepts. You will use sociological explanations and research evidence to respond to questions. The question paper will be set and marked by SQA.

The assignment will assess your investigation and communication skills appropriate to sociology. You will investigate a topic in sociology.

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass all three units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.

What can I go on to next?

Further study, training or employment in:

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