The aim of the Sociology department is to make you think about the social world in an entirely different way. It challenges preconceptions about life and makes you critically analyse institutions and political policies. We study the ways that our world is changing today, not only in Britain but across the world, examining a wide variety of influences from the impact of new technologies to the changing nature of personal relationships. Sociology explores the multiple forms of power and inequality in the world today and how they affect the lives of all of us. By joining together the social, cultural, political and economic dimensions of social life, Sociology gives you the tools you need to understand the key events of our time and how they are linked to the main forces and institutions that shape the modern world. Pupils need to have an interest in the world around them and be willing to keep up with current affairs.