Social Sciences

We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Receive a stimulating introduction to the social and political forces that shape our world, and the psychological influences on our behaviour
  • Critically question everyday social structures and processes that shape our behaviour, and the effect we have on the lives and experiences of others
  • Analyse modern social science research to understand how out understanding of society, politics and the human brain are constantly evolving

We seek to build conceptual understanding of:

SociologyPsychologyPolitics
  • What is sociology and what do sociologists do?
  • What is culture and socialisation?
  • What are the processes of social control?
  • What role do the family, media, school, work and peer groups play in our development?
  • What are the causes and consequences of inequality?
  • What is poverty?
  • How does racism affect people?
  • How does sexism affect women?
  • Why do people commit crime?
  • Sex and gender: what decides our gender?
  • Obedience: Would you kill someone simply because you were told to?
  • Memory: Why do we forget things?
  • Attachment: Why do babies form bonds with others?
  • Atypical behaviour (phobias): Why do people develop phobias?
  • Criminal behaviour: are people born criminals?
  • Non-verbal communication: Do we need words to communicate?
  • Perception: How do optical illusions work?
  • Cognitive development: How do we learn?
Political participation:
  • Democracy and participation
  • Political parties
  • Electoral systems
  • Voting behaviour and the media
Core political ideas:
  • Conservatism
  • Liberalism
  • Socialism
UK Government:
  • The constitution
  • Parliament
  • Prime Minister and executive
  • Relations between branches of governments
US Politics:
  • The US Constitution
  • US Congress
  • US Presidency
  • US Supreme Court
  • Democracy and Participation
  • Civil Rights
Psychology - GCSE Sociology - GCSE Sociology - A-level Psychology - A-level Politics - A-level