Sociology Grade 10

Overview

The Humanities Department Syllabi at GEMS Wesgreen International Secondary School strive to enable students to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes so as to develop an informed and critical understanding of social, environmental, historical and political issues so as to reinforce and stimulate curiosity and imagination about local and wider environments. The Curriculum provides a strong foundation to enable students to foster an understanding of, and concern for, the interdependence of all humans, all living things and the earth on which they live. To foster in students a sense of responsibility for the long-term care of the environment and a commitment to promote the sustainable use of the earth’s resources through his/her personal life-style and participation in collective environmental decision-making. 

Learning Outcomes

The aims of all subjects state what a teacher may expect to teach and what a student may expect to experience and learn. These aims suggest how the student may be changed by the learning experience.

The aims of the National Curriculum for IGCSE Sociology syllabus are to encourage and enable students to:

• promote an awareness, knowledge and understanding of human societies

• develop candidates’ understanding of sociological methods, including the collection, analysis and interpretation of data

• provide an introduction to sociological concepts, theories and research findings

• stimulate awareness of the range and limitations of sociological theory and research

• promote candidates’ understanding of continuity and change in social life

• encourage a critical awareness of social, economic and political processes, and their effects

• develop the capacity for critical evaluation of different forms of information and evidence

• promote an appreciation and understanding of individual, social and cultural diversity

• enhance candidates’ ability to apply sociological knowledge and understanding to their own lives   and their participation within society.

Unit Overviews

Term 1

Unit 1 –  Social inequality                                           

Approximate length: 9 weeks

This unit explores the way in which social processes stratify society in all parts of the world, the reasons why inequalities exist, as well as how they are created and perpetuated. Questions may also draw on knowledge from Unit 1. Theory and Methods.

Specific National Curriculum Objectives Covered:

• promote an awareness, knowledge and understanding of human societies

• promote candidates’ understanding of continuity and change in social life

• encourage a critical awareness of social, economic and political processes, and their effects

Term 2

Unit 2 - Education                                                           

Approximate length: 8 weeks

In this unit, students will consider the influence of education on the individual and on society. This includes the role of education, the main changes in education, patterns of educational achievement. Questions may also draw on knowledge from Unit 1- Theory and Methods.

Specific National Curriculum Objectives Covered:

• promote an awareness, knowledge and understanding of human societies

• provide an introduction to sociological concepts, theories and research findings

• promote candidates’ understanding of continuity and change in social life

• encourage a critical awareness of social, economic and political processes, and their effects

• develop the capacity for critical evaluation of different forms of information and evidence

• enhance candidates’ ability to apply sociological knowledge and understanding to their own lives   and their participation within society.

Term 3

Unit 3 – Media             

Approximate length: 7 weeks

In this unit, students will examine contemporary culture and communication through reference to the influence of the media. Key areas include: the nature and content of the media, the influence of the media, development of the new media. Questions may also draw on knowledge from Unit 1- Theory and Methods.

Specific National Curriculum Objectives Covered:

• promote candidates’ understanding of continuity and change in social life 

• encourage a critical awareness of social, economic and political processes, and their effects 

• develop the capacity for critical evaluation of different forms of information and evidence

Assessment

Formative: Throughout the units, the students will complete graded work, quizzes and investigation activities which allows the teacher to assess the students’ attainment and inform their planning.

Summative:

Paper 1                                                    2 hours (including 15 minutes’ reading time)                       54%

Candidates answer one compulsory data response question and one optional structured      80 marks     

question from a choice of two.                                                                                                                       

Paper 2                                                 1 hour 45 minutes (including 15 minutes’ reading time)         46%

Candidates answer two optional structured questions from a choice of four.                         70 marks

Remote / Blended Teaching, Learning and Assessment Pathways:

Assessments:

Small groups, (up to 15 students) will meet F2F. Where there are more than (15) Blended Learning will take place. According to the timetabling of classes also, there will be RL sessions where specified. Som students will opt for RL completely and use the online platform. All subject Units can be taught using any of these pathways. Students will collaborate and engage more with each other on set tasks in the break out rooms and collaboration spaces online. Lessons will be taught live as opposed to asynchronously. If a teacher is ill to point of being unable to deliver a lesson online, this lesson will be done asynchronously. During live lessons students will be requested to demonstrate a skill or understanding in short audio/ video recordings of themselves analysing, evaluating, explaining, showing (restricted time period). They will create Sway and other MS document presentations as instructed. Discussions will ensue among students and their peers and they will engage, respond and feedback using the chat feature. Students will be asked to watch video clip(s) and read a print/ broadcast/ another medium link and do a review, summary, explanation, give their opinion regarding the topic. They will be asked to design storyboards using a MS document for presentation. Rubrics will be attached as additional guide to support students’ progress and attainment. These are only a few of the techniques and methods that will be engaged during lessons.

Option 1: We will have a designated assessment week. All classes scheduled to complete online assessments that day will remain at home. On this day they can complete maximum 2 assessments for the day (grades 6 –8), 3 assessments for (grades 9 and above).

Option 2: During blended learning sessions the students who are at school will bring their laptop/device and complete the assessment online while the others who are at home (RL) will complete it on their device at home. Each assessment lesson will request an additional supervisor/invigilator to monitor those in the class while the teacher monitors the screen. Students in the class can even have their desk/back facing the teacher to create an extra precaution/ awareness to students that the teacher along with the supporting invigilator is also supervising. If a student forgets their device teachers will have the printed copies to distribute.  This option will also take place during a designated assessment week.

Option 3: We will continue to conduct continuous assessment as was done during RL/Term 3, AY 2019-2020. 

 

 

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