Sociology GCSE

(15 Posts)
theophilus Wed 06-Mar-13 17:46:33

Thank you all for your observations; DD ( decision day,in this case!) is in 2 weeks;

I shall post which way she chooses

Your comments have been very constructive

drwitch Wed 06-Mar-13 12:36:27

notfluffy i think even though many subjects are oversimplified at GSCE they still manage to teach something about the methodology
so science teaches about experiments, deduction, testing, prediction
history teaches "how do we know?"

BanoffeeSplitz Wed 06-Mar-13 11:15:08

DD is taking Sociology from scratch based on a trial lesson in Y8 and loves it - she is taking History & Sociology instead of my preferred choice which would have been History & Geography and in retrospect I'm glad I let her study a subject she's genuinely enthused by.

However I wouldn't have been happy for her to do Sociology as the sole humanity (not even sure if this was possible) as I'd have worried this might limit her future options. (I'd have been fine with her doing Geography & Sociology as well).

If she wanted to do it at degree level, I'd dissuade her from taking it at A-level in favour of a rounder range of subjects before specialising. But clearly - going by notfluffy's experience - it can also be a perfectly good choice at A-level with the right combo of other subjects.

notfluffy Wed 06-Mar-13 10:30:24

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drwitch Wed 06-Mar-13 10:11:56

The problem with taking social science at school is not that the subject is not hard enough or intrinsically not academic enough but that you really cannot pick more than a very trivial understanding of it over a 2 year course if you are doing it with lots of other subjects. Thus is teaches you what sociologists look at but does not teach you how to do sociology. History is taught all the way though and so by the time it gets to KS4 children can actually start to have some interesting thoughts, i would do sociology as well as history but not instead of

notfluffy Wed 06-Mar-13 10:04:11

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I don't quite understand that cory, the non academic comment.
My ds1 is doing sociology GCSE. He is also doing the standard core subjects, triple science, ICT, Business, French, History and geography.
And Spanish as a twilight subject.

I don't see why he should have been discouraged from taking a subject that interests him.

cory Wed 06-Mar-13 09:02:54

It really depends on the child. I would have discouraged dd- highly academic, likely (we thought at the time) to want to go to a good university, very motivated to do her best in any subject. But if ds- unsure of himself, not at all engaged in his studies, very negative about education- were to be attracted to any subject that might just get his attention, he would have my blessing.

theophilus Tue 05-Mar-13 07:55:25

Thank you 'Dianethediabolist' and 'MaggiemaggiemaggieMcGill';

My daughter has tasked me with trying to gauge opinion from somewhere, as she is somewhat of two minds over the choice; and as she would be starting from scratch with Sociology, making such a choice is going to be based on hunch without input such as yours.

I took sociology as a GCSE, when I was doing a year of retakes. It was engaging, challenging and interesting. I enjoyed studying it.

DioneTheDiabolist Mon 04-Mar-13 23:04:01

I disagree. I studied Sociology to A-level (albeit many years ago) and it has given me a knowledge and understanding of how history and culture impact people and society.

OP, this is a GCSE, I assume it is one if many that your DD is taking, so what do you fear will happen if she takes Sociology over History?

theophilus Mon 04-Mar-13 22:48:48

Thank you 'talkinpeace' and 'basildon bond'; kind of thought that might be the case

basildonbond Mon 04-Mar-13 21:55:36

agree with talkinpeace - history much, much more useful than sociology which shouldn't imo be offered for A-level let alone GCSE

Talkinpeace Mon 04-Mar-13 21:53:47

I would actively discourage a child of mine from doing an applied subject that should not be examined below degree level over a standard facilitating subject.

theophilus Mon 04-Mar-13 21:46:59

Any thoughts or recent experience of studying for GCSE in Sociology(AQA

board); daughter choosing options and currently favours this over History

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