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:

GCSE SociologyA Level PsychologyA Level Politics
– 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

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Registered in England: No 6426966, City of London Academy Islington Limited is a Registered Charity no: 1121962