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Director of Learning - Mr Daryl Taylor


Eduqas GCSE Sociology
Course Content
Sociology is the study of society. At Hugh Christie, students are taught the Eduqas GCSE specification. The GCSE is designed to give learners an understanding and critical awareness of the social world around them. It focuses on the importance of structure of society in explaining social issues. Learners will be encouraged to explore and debate contemporary social issues to enable them to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions and to question their everyday understanding of social phenomena. By following this course, learners will develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.
Exam Component 1
  1. Key concepts and processes of cultural transmission
  2. Families
  3. Education
  4. Sociological research methods
Exam Component 2
  1. Social differentiation and stratification
  2. Crime and deviance
  3. Applied methods of sociological enquiry


IB Standard Level in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Social and cultural anthropology is the comparative study of human society and culture.
Imagine you could have lived a thousand different kinds of lives, but you end up having lived only one. Anthropology is like finding out about the thousand other lives you could have lived if you had been born in a different time or place.
You will make sense of other people’s worlds, translate their experiences and explain what they are up to, explore how their societies work and why they believe in whatever it is that they believe in
Anthropologists seek to understand humankind in all its diversity through the study of societies and cultures, questioning questions our assumptions about our own culture, and others.
Areas of anthropological inquiry in this course are: belief and knowledge; social change; culture; identity; materiality; power; social relations and symbolism. It gives an understanding of real-world issues such as war and conflict, the environment, poverty, injustice, inequality, and human and cultural rights, providing a uniquely rich context in which to explore them. It offers critical insights into how society develops and changes, and what it means to live with differences.

Course Content

Strand 1 - Engaging with Anthropology
· The language of anthropology
· The practice of anthropology
· Anthropological thinking
Strand 2 - Engaging with Ethnography
We will study one topic from each group:
Group 1
Classifying the world; Health, illness and healing; The body
Group 2
Belonging; Communication, expression and technology; Movement, time and space
Group 3
Conflict; Development; Production, exchange and consumption
Part 3 - Engaging in Anthropological Practice
Limited fieldwork (observation, second data collection and critical reflection)



Paper 1

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 3 compulsory questions from part 1
  • 1 essay question from a possible list of 6
  • 40% of the course

Paper 2

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 1 compulsory question from part 2
  • 1 question from 9 areas of inquiry
  • 40% of the course

Internal Assessment

  • 4 compulsory activities based on part 3: observation report, fieldwork, data collection, analysis and critical reflection
  • 20% of the course.