Sociology GCSE AQA

L2p Sociology Resources 

Revision Topics Unit 1- Unit 6

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Studying Society-

How is sociology distinct from other academic subjects?

1 How do sociologists understand human behaviour? Definitions of sociology, socialisation process norms/values/culture, social structures, theoretical approaches
How do sociologists study society? Research methods – definitions, strengths and weaknesses
Education- How far is our education system equal and fair for all?
2 How does the system contribute to inequality? Functions of education, education system over time, marketisation, education policy
To what extent do social characteristics impact on achievement? Differences in educational achievement – social class, gender, ethnicity
Family- To what extent has family life adapted to modern Britain?
3 How far do sociologists agree on the function and roles within the modern family? Functionalist, marxist, feminist views on family, conjugal roles, childhood, extended family
How can we explain changing family patterns? One person households, lone parent families, ethnic and social class patterns, marriage, divorce, infant mortality, aging society



Crime- Why does crime exist in civilised society?
1 How do sociologists explain crime? Social control in society, explanations of criminal and deviant behaviour, measuring crime
Why do some groups commit more crime than other? Age, gender, ethnicity, social class trends, impact of crime,
Media- To what extent is the media a force for good or bad?
2 How does the media contribute to society? Trends in media consumption, media ownership, political/democratic  role, news selection
To what extent are we influenced by the media? Sociological explanations of media impact, media and socialisation, representation of minorities and social groups
Social Inequality- How far are our life chances predetermined by our age, gender, ethnicity or social class?
3 How are people stratified in society? Measuring opportunity, sociological explanations of stratification (age, gender, social class, wealth) explanations of poverty, social mobility
Which social group is most disadvantaged? Analysis of gender, age, class, ethnic inequality in the UK today



Unit 4: Revise and Recap Crime & Deviance (Click Here to access all materials)

Unit 5: Mass Media

Key Resource:

Chapter 6: The Mass Media in Wilson & Kidd (2010) Sociology GCSE for AQA. Collins

Additional Resources:

The youtube video below (viewable outside of school through Youtube or via the BBC I player) is an AMAZING 2016 documentary about the power and influence of Mass ‘New’ Media.

The director, Adam Curtis, is well known for his approach to issues of culture and can be described as a Sociologist. (Read a review here)

You don’t have to watch this video but it is A amazing and B we give you content that would see you excel in your GCSE readiness.

Happy viewing.

Winter Break Activities:

It is expected that the following activities are completed and done so using Word or Google Docs. All documents are to be shared with [email protected] no later than January the 2nd. Use the resources above to support.

Activity 1:Define Mass media, traditional media, new media, broadcast media and electronic media. Provide a practical examples and examples relevant to sociology.

Activity 2: Produce notes under the question heading, What are the mass media?

Activity 3: List all forms of mass media. For each form identify it’s pros and cons (use existing knowledge drawn from Sociological topics to determine a pro and con)

Activity 4: What effect may TV channels have on broadcast media and with this the nature and reach of information?

Activity 5: Undertake research into the effect of new media on society. e.g. Facebook and Twitter.

Activity 6: What are the effects of the mass media (consider different types of media) on their audiences (consider different types of audience)?

Activity 7: List all the factors (Political,Social, Economic and Environmental) for how ‘news’ is selected and presented – you may want to support your list with specific examples.

Activity 8: Draw up a table and compare the pluralist and conflict approaches and arguments concerning ownership and content within mass media.

January – Unit 2/ Paper 2 – Mass Media

Week 1 – What is the Mass Media? 

Week 1 (Wednesday – Wednesday): Supervised Study Tasks 

Using Chapter 6 in Collins, use the content to answer these questions in detail. Your notes and answers will be reviewed and your KUS tested in two weeks.

1: Why is our ability to generate as well as consume content on the internet significant in sociological arguments about the role of Mass Media?

2: Why may a decline in ‘quality’ newspaper readership be a concern to some?

3: using p.196-197, interpret the three Items to produce a 300 word summary of viewing habits in 2007.

4: Describe and explain how our viewing habits are similar in 2017 as they were in 2007.

5: To what extent does a lack of internet access represent a disadvantage to an individual?

Week 2 – Effects of Mass Media

Master Class 17/01

Week 2 (Wednesday – Wednesday): Supervised Study Tasks 

Using Chapter 6 in Collins, use the content to answer these questions in detail. Your notes and answers will be reviewed and your KUS tested in two weeks.

Study p.200 – 203: 

1: Compare the hypodermic and syringe approaches.

2: What are the criticisms of the hypodermic approach – provide at least two criticisms.

3: How valid to you believe McQuail’s approach is today in 2018? Give specific examples to support your view. 

4: Describe and explain the effects of traditional media according to the decoding approach.

5: Describe and explain the effects of new media according to the decoding approach.

6: Using the three models above and one other, what is the purpose of television advertising? 

7: Referring to the Media Models and Theory sheet – How has the way the mass media effects its audience been interpreted over time? make reference to various sociological models and approaches.

Week 3

Master Class 24/01

Week 3 (Wednesday – Wednesday): Supervised Study Tasks 

Using Chapter 6 in Collins and using the Media Models and Theories sheet. 

1: For each of the 12 Models/Theories outlined on the sheet, and using Collins for additional support construct your own detailed definition for each. Your definition must follow this PE structure

(Point) State the term and provide the definition

(Example) Provide 1 or 2 factual examples to show your definition; make these as modern, as factual and as detailed as possible.

As an additional level of challenge

(Explain) Explain how the examples show/prove/support your given definition

2: p.204-205, read these pages and define what sociologists mean by identity and by socialisation

3: p.204   Describe how the media acts as an agent of socialisation

4: p.204-5 Explain the link between socialisation, identity development and the mass media

5: Read over page 208 and 209, identify the percentage market share of the top 4 publishers

6: Explain why the concentration of press ownership might be a political and social problem

Week 4

Week 4 (Wednesday – Wednesday): Supervised Study Tasks 

Using Chapter 6 in Collins and using the Media Models and Theories sheet. 

1. p.214-217, Describe the factors that shape the way in which news is selected and presented and explain how this may influence the audience.

2. Use p.217 to draw up a table of internal and external influences shaping news content. 

3. p.218-19, How are black people represented in the media, provide factual examples? 

4. p.220- p.221, How is gender represented in the media, provide factual examples? What are the arguments concerning this today in 2018?

5. Use time to draw together all your notes on Mass Media – begin categorising them, creating flash cards and most importantly making summary diagrams (A3)

Week 5

Week 5 (Wednesday-Wednesday)
Work to complete all previously set questions (see above)
Complete detailed revision notes on the unit.

Week 6

NEW UNIT Social Inequality

All session slides, 1-12, are below:

Link to a digital copy of the Unit work book can be found by clicking here

Master Class 1:

Master Class 2:

Being a Sociologist. Collaborative Research Project 1 Researching Mass Media

Enquiry Question – Which Sociological Model best explains the creation, consumption and effects of Mass Media on students at UCL Academy?

Link to Sociological Research document to support planning/class activities