Y11 Sociology

Below you will find information on what you have covered during your course and how you will be assessed.

In my mock examination I will be asked to show I can...

Social processes

  • Know Key sociological concepts - culture, socialisation, identity, cultural diversity
  • Debates over the acquisition of identity - nature/nurture debate including examples of feral children and cultural diversity
  • The process of socialisation – Explain agents of socialisation: family, education, media, peer group
  • Explain how agents of socialisation pass on culture and identity, for example: gender, class and ethnic identity


  • Family types
  1. what is a family?
  2. nuclear family, extended family, reconstituted family, lone parent family, single sex family, cohabiting family, beanpole family, 
  • Sociological theories of the family
  1. conflict versus consensus debate on the role of the family
  2. consensus view of Functionalism - Functionalist theory of the role and functions of family, such as Parsons and primary socialisation and stabilisation of adult personalities
  3. conflict view of Marxism - Marxist theory of families serving the interests of capitalism, including the work of Zaretsky
  4. conflict view of Feminism - Feminist critique of family as a patriarchal institution, including the work of Delphy and Leonard and Oakley and the conventional family
  5. New Right views of family
  • Family diversity, marriage and divorce marital breakdown and divorce


  • Sociological theories of the role of education
  1. conflict versus consensus debate on the role of education
  2. consensus view of Functionalism
  3. Functionalist theory of education
  4. conflict view of Marxism
  5.  Marxist theory of education serving the needs of capitalism
  6. Feminist theory of education perpetuating patriarchy


Paper 2:


  • Equality/inequality in relation to class, gender, ethnicity, age, disability and sexuality
  1. evidence and examples should be used to demonstrate equality/inequality in contemporary UK drawn from the following areas: education, crime, income and wealth, health, family, work, media
  • Factors which may influence access to life chances and power
  1. factors which may influence class, gender, ethnicity, age, disability and sexuality
  2. social construction of identity/roles, status
  3. prejudice, discrimination
  4. stereotyping, labelling
  5. scapegoating
  6. media representation
  7. legislation
  8. moral panics
  9. sub-cultures
  10. with specific reference to ethnicity: racism, institutional racism


Crime and Deviance

  • Social construction of concepts of crime and deviance
  1. what is crime?
  2. what is deviance?
  • Social control
  1. informal and formal social control and unwritten rules
  2. agencies of informal social control:  family, peer group, education, religion, media, sanctions, formal social control, role of the police and courts
  • Patterns of criminal and deviant behaviour
  1. patterns of criminal behaviour by: social class, gender
  • Sociological theories and explanations of deviance and criminal behaviour (structural, subcultural, interactionist and feminist)
  1. Merton and strain theory of crime
  2. Subcultural theory: Albert Cohen and delinquent sub-cultures,
  3. Feminism -social control, including the work of Heidensohn on female conformity in a male dominated society, women and poverty including the work of Carlen, chivalry thesis
  • Sources of data on crime
  1. patterns and trends of criminal behaviour
  2. official statistics
  3. victim and self-report studies
  4. usefulness of sources of data on crime:  dark figure of crime, unreported and unrecorded crime, police bias and labelling, moral panics, invisible crime

How will I be assessed?

Title or Topic Format Length Date
Paper 1 – Social Process – Family, Education, and RM Combination of short answer and essay style questions. 50 minutes Fri 26 Nov 1.40pm
Paper 2 – Social Structures – Crime, Social Stratification and RM Combination of short answer and essay style questions. 50 minutes Tue 30 Nov 1.40pm


What should I do to revise and prepare for this assessment?

To prepare for this assessment:

  1. Use look, cover, check using the knowledge organisers on the back of your Unit workbooks.
  2. It is also important to understand a range of sociological research/theorists and be able to describe their findings. (They are named above.)

What useful websites/resources could I use to help me prepare?

Knowledge organisers.