The History & Theory of Sociological Inquiry: A-level Sociology at Vinschool

Friday, 29/03/2024, 12:03 (GMT+7)

Sociology, the study of human society and social behaviour, is an intriguing field that unravels the mysteries of our interconnectedness.

As a discipline, it examines the dynamics of social relationships, institutions, and systems that shape our lives. By delving into A-level Sociology, we can gain a deeper understanding of the profound questions explored by researchers in this field of study.

At Vinschool, our A-level students learn with innovative teachers who pose complex questions for discussion and give students the freedom to explore the subject from both national and international perspectives.

Sociological inquiry plays a crucial role in unravelling the complexities of society. It offers valuable insights into the structures, norms, and patterns that govern our social interactions. By examining the various dimensions of human behaviour and societal organisation, sociologists can shed light on the mechanisms that drive inequality and provide opportunities for social change.

Understanding Inequality and Opportunity

One of the key concerns of sociological inquiry is the examination of inequality and opportunity within society. Sociologists explore the factors that contribute to social stratification, such as race, class, and gender. By analysing these social structures, researchers can identify the barriers that impede social mobility and work towards creating a more equitable society.
Vietnam is an interesting case to examine. Since 1987, the economy of Vietnam has experienced rapid economic growth as well as structural change. As a result of this economic growth, poverty has decreased dramatically, with the poverty headcount ratio (using the international poverty line of $1.25 a day) falling from 43.6 percent in 1993 to 14.3 percent in 2008 (World Bank 2013). In 2016, according to the international poverty line of $3.20 a day, the rate was around 8.6 percent (World Bank 2018). Extreme poverty is almost eliminated, with only 2 percent of the population living on less than $1.90 per day.

Economic growth is not associated with rising inequality in Vietnam. Estimates from national surveys show that expenditure inequality has been very stable in Vietnam. A-level Sociology students learn about how this data is collected and then the methods used to analyse the information and draw conclusions.

Social Change and Development: How Societies Evolve

Sociological inquiry is concerned with understanding how societies evolve and change over time. By examining historical and contemporary social transformations, sociologists gain insights into the factors that drive social change. They explore the impact of technological advancements, economic shifts, and cultural dynamics on society.

The Role of Socialization, Culture, and Identity

Socialisation, culture, and identity are central themes in sociological inquiry. Sociologists explore how individuals are socialised into their respective societies and how this socialisation process shapes their beliefs, values, and behaviours. They also examine the influence of culture on individuals and society as a collective.

Career Opportunities

For those interested in further exploring the field of sociology, numerous courses and career opportunities are available. Sociology courses provide a comprehensive understanding of social processes and equip individuals with critical thinking and analytical skills. These skills are valuable across a wide range of career paths, including social work, policy analysis, research, education, and advocacy.

Students who follow the academic path of Sociology will stand on the shoulders of giants such as Karl Marx, one of the founders of Sociology; W.E.B. Du Bois, the first African American to earn a doctorate degree from Harvard University; and Steph Curry, an NBA All-Star and Champion, a graduate of Davis U. whose senior thesis focused on advancing gender equity in sports. Sociology equips you with core knowledge of society, its workings, and its changes. This knowledge is valuable to all employers across various lines of work, increasingly so due to the rapid societal changes driven by globalisation. Or is it? You’ll find out in this course!

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