Psychology & Sociology


Psychology Key Stage 5

What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?

  • Involve themselves in lunch-time revision classes and other additional sessions.
  • Take a leading role in learning in lessons – contribute ideas and think critically about what they read.
  • Entering competitions – psychological research.
  • Reading widely – see below for wider reading.
  • Listening to the news – having a news app on their mobile telephone/iPad and using it; watch out specifically for news items on health, education, science, nature, crime and relationships.
  • Watching specific television programmes which reinforce the curriculum – Question Time; Panorama and specific documentaries on education, health and crime.
  • Look out for talks and events run by the British Psychological Society.
  • Go on trips/visits organised by Curriculum Areas – for example, local courts trip and Tutor2u.

What wider reading can be completed to support the curriculum?

Reading:

  • Understanding Psychology – Nicky Hayes.
  • Games People Play – Dr. Eric Berne.
  • I'm Ok, You're Ok – Dr. Thomas Harris.
  • 50 Psychology Ideas You Really Need to Know – Adrian Furnham.
  • The Chimp Paradox – Professor Steve Peters.

Magazines:

  • Psychology Review.
  • Psychology Today.
  • The Psychologist.

What websites could students visit to support the curriculum?

Websites:

player.fm/featured/psychology
www.psychcentral.com - Psych Central.
www.psychologytoday.com - Psychology Today.
www.aqa.org.uk - AQA Resources.

Podcasts:

www.psychology.org - The Encyclopaedia of Psychology.
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes

Can film assist with supporting the curriculum?

Films:

  • 12 Angry Men.
  • A Beautiful Mind.
  • The Blind Side.
  • Identity.
  • Memento.
  • One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest.
  • Rain Man.

How can parents/carers help and what can be done at home?

  • Encourage your son or daughter to download free Apps, for example Quizlet.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to set up work experience and/or voluntary or charity work, as well as visit the local law courts.
  • Discuss economic-related affairs at home; encourage your son or daughter to watch 15-20 minutes of news every day to keep abreast of political, social, economic and world affairs.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to talk to the older generation at home about their perspective on events in the past and how views and opinions have altered.

Sociology Key Stage 5

What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?

  • Involve themselves in lunch-time revision classes.
  • Take a leading role in learning in lessons – contribute ideas and think critically about what they read.
  • Entering competitions – sociological research.
  • Reading widely – see below for wider reading.
  • Listening to the news – having a news app on their mobile telephone/ipad and using it; watch out specifically for news items on popular culture, crime, education, the economy.
  • Watching specific television programmes which reinforce the curriculum – Question Time; Panorama and specific documentaries on crime.
  • Look out for talks and events organised by the British Sociological Society.
  • Go on trips/visits organised by Curriculum Areas – for example, to the local courts trip and Tutor2u.

What wider reading can be completed to support the curriculum?

Reading:

  • Sociology AS for AQA (2008): Stephen Moore et al.
  • AS Level Sociology: AQA (2008): Keith Trobe et al.
  • The Portable Jung – Carl Jung.
  • The True Believer: Thoughts of The Nature of Mass Movements – Eric Hoffer.
  • Economy and Society – Max Weber.

Sociology In Fiction:

  • 1984 - George Orwell.
  • The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood.
  • We need to talk about Kevin - Lionel Shriver.

Magazines:

  • British Sociological Association - www.britsoc.co.uk
  • Sociology Review.
  • New Internationalist.
  • The New Statesmen.
  • The Economist.

What websites could students visit to support the curriculum?

Websites:

www.revisesociology.com - Revise Sociology.
www.sociologyonline.co.uk - Sociology Resources.
www.aqa.org.uk - AQA Resources.

Podcasts:

www.podology.org.uk
www.resourcd.com
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes
www.aqa.org.uk

Can film assist with supporting the curriculum?

Films:

  • The Butler.
  • 12 Years A Slave.
  • Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom.
  • Social Network.
  • This Is England.
  • Freedom Writers.
  • Half Nelson.

How can parents/carers help and what can be done at home?

  • Encourage your son or daughter to download free Apps, for example Quizlet.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to set up work experience and/or voluntary or charity work, as well as visit the local law courts.
  • Discuss economic-related affairs at home; encourage your son or daughter to watch 15-20 minutes of news every day to keep abreast of political, social, economic and world affairs.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to talk to the older generation at home about their perspective on events in the past and how society has altered.

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