GRADE 9 / YEAR 10 SOCIOLOGY COURSE SYLLABUS 2020-2021

Course Outline

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 Humanities Syllabus are to encourage and enable students to:

The educational aims of Cambridge IGCSE Sociology are to:

• promote candidates’ awareness, knowledge and understanding of human societies

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

• introduce 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 Overview

Term 1

Unit 1 – Culture, identity and socialisation                            

Approximate length:  5 weeks

This unit considers the relationship between the individual and society and how far humans are shaped by social processes by comparison with alternative influences, such as biological and psychological factors.

Specific National Curriculum Objectives Covered:

• promote candidates’ awareness, knowledge and understanding of human societies

• 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

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

Unit 2 –   Family                                                  

Approximatel Length: 4 weeks                                      

This unit offers candidates the opportunity to explore the sociology of the family, including definitions, structure, variations and alternatives, and changing roles and relationships within the family.

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

• 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

Term 2

Unit 3 – Theory and methods

Approximate length:  8 weeks

This first unit provides a foundation for the other parts of the syllabus by considering the approaches and procedures used in sociological research. This provides a basis for understanding the uniquely sociological way of looking at society. It underpins and provides an understanding of each of the other study units.

Specific National Curriculum Objectives Covered:

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

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

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

Term 3

Unit 4 – Crime, deviance and social control

Approximate length:  7 weeks

This unit considers the nature of criminal, deviant and normal behaviour in different social contexts. This includes definitions and explanations of crime and deviance and patterns of crime.                                           

Specific National Curriculum Objectives Covered:

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

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

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

• promote candidates’ awareness, knowledge and understanding of human societies

Assessment

Formative: Throughout the units, the children 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)    100%

Candidates answer 2 optional structured question from a choice of four.

Remote / Blended Teaching, Learning and Assessment Pathways:

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. 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. 

Assessments:

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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