Poll: What makes Sociology easy?
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Hello

This is just a question that I have been pondering the last few days. Pretty much everyone I have ever spoken to has called sociology easy, comman sense and disrespected. When people say it's easy are they refferring to the exam's being easy or are they referring to the stuff you learn being common sense?

Essentially my question is What makes sociology easy?

Thanks, in advance
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I put a poll on just to make it clearer
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Ermm I'm not sure whether it's easy because I've never taken the subject. But I think it is classed as "easy" because you don't think outside the box, if you get my reasoning :rolleyes:. So for example in History you have to be able to link factors, analyse and evaluate events, something which you can't really get from a textbook. Whereas sociology is a subject where you just read a book and then copy what your mind sees. No offence to anyone taking the subject, my view is probably wrong anyway. You'll probably get the best advice from someone taking the subject. All the best
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I wouldn't call everything you do in Sociology easy and common sense. There are a few parts of it that you need to work on to grasp.

The how the exam is set out is pretty easy but the questions vary, you'll have some that are easy and others that aren't.

However, you should remember that what is easy for one person can be extremely hard for someone else.

I'll give you an example, as part of A2 we did a Power & Politics unit. I did Politics as well as Sociology and much of the things we did in this unit was just my AS Politics redone in a different context. As a result I found it easy but nearly all of the rest of the class found it really hard as they had no prior knowledge of the political system.

Also if you do a unit like Politics and Religion it helps if you keep up to date with current affairs, they are great for examples.

I couldn't believe the lack of common knowledge in my Sociology class for the Politics unit, so many people didn't know who Gordon Brown, Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton and many other prominent world politicians were. That shocked me.
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(Original post by 02mik_e)
Ermm I'm not sure whether it's easy because I've never taken the subject. But I think it is classed as "easy" because you don't think outside the box, if you get my reasoning :rolleyes:. So for example in History you have to be able to link factors, analyse and evaluate events, something which you can't really get from a textbook. Whereas sociology is a subject where you just read a book and then copy what your mind sees. No offence to anyone taking the subject, my view is probably wrong anyway. You'll probably get the best advice from someone taking the subject. All the best
I do sociology and I don't find it particulary easy but that could be just because it's a completly new subject to me. I personally think it does make you think outside the box but maybe not in exams-not sure. So basically you think it's a read, learn and regurgetate subject? Thanks for your input
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I wouldn't call everything you do in Sociology easy and common sense. There are a few parts of it that you need to work on to grasp.

The how the exam is set out is pretty easy but the questions vary, you'll have some that are easy and others that aren't.

However, you should remember that what is easy for one person can be extremely hard for someone else.

I'll give you an example, as part of A2 we did a Power & Politics unit. I did Politics as well as Sociology and much of the things we did in this unit was just my AS Politics redone in a different context. As a result I found it easy but nearly all of the rest of the class found it really hard as they had no prior knowledge of the political system.

Also if you do a unit like Politics and Religion it helps if you keep up to date with current affairs, they are great for examples.

I couldn't believe the lack of common knowledge in my Sociology class for the Politics unit, so many people didn't know who Gordon Brown, Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton and many other prominent world politicians were. That shocked me.
Well I know nothing of politics but I know of 2/3 of those people Thanks for your input
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(Original post by jesus-ninja)
I do sociology and I don't find it particulary easy but that could be just because it's a completly new subject to me. I personally think it does make you think outside the box but maybe not in exams-not sure. So basically you think it's a read, learn and regurgetate subject? Thanks for your input
Yeah, put it that way. I think it does have an element of "thinking outside the box", but not as much as a subject like history for example *no natural bias here*
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Well I did it for GCSE and now A level- as my "easy alevel"
I think it is common sense, with a few sociological terms thrown in. But thats just my opnion. If you are good at essays, then its easy.
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(Original post by sweetlovinchick2k1)
I wouldn't call everything you do in Sociology easy and common sense. There are a few parts of it that you need to work on to grasp.

The how the exam is set out is pretty easy but the questions vary, you'll have some that are easy and others that aren't.

However, you should remember that what is easy for one person can be extremely hard for someone else.

I'll give you an example, as part of A2 we did a Power & Politics unit. I did Politics as well as Sociology and much of the things we did in this unit was just my AS Politics redone in a different context. As a result I found it easy but nearly all of the rest of the class found it really hard as they had no prior knowledge of the political system.

Also if you do a unit like Politics and Religion it helps if you keep up to date with current affairs, they are great for examples.

I couldn't believe the lack of common knowledge in my Sociology class for the Politics unit, so many people didn't know who Gordon Brown, Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton and many other prominent world politicians were. That shocked me.
What???????
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Whereas sociology is a subject where you just read a book and then copy what your mind sees.
Yeah, you are wrong.

I do sociology with 3 other subjects (eng lang, geography and business) all at A2 level. At the moment I am finding it to be the hardest of my four subjects and the subject involving the most work/revision as well. In my opinion, it requires the skills which any essay based subject does (although I can't really say that as I haven't done every essay based subject!); such as the ability to use the relevant theory/facts, to analyse and explain theories and studies, and to reach conclusions after weighing up different arguments. So personally, I don't really classify it as an easy subject, and to be honest, this thread is a wee bit silly as different people find different things hard (I know plenty of people which would find maths easier than sociology despite the former being more respected.)
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I don't do sociology but the general consensus at my school is that it is the easiest subject they do. At my school there's hardly any A grades but there's always 10+ A grades in sociology out of a class of around 30 students.

From what I've heard the actual content of the subject is not very challenging, you have to put the effort in learning the content and remembering it. It doesn't seem to be a subject like history, where you have to analyse and evaluate sources and views and link factors together.
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What???????
Yea, that was my reaction.

In one lesson we did about media in the USA and what a big role it has in US politics. I mentioned the fact that Obama and Clinton have My Space pages, my tow friends turned to me and mouthed "who". This was when he was known and on the news every night.


I was even more shocked about not knowing who Brown was, I was like how can you not know who your own PM is?

It just baffles me!
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Anyway, I don't really see how there is that much common sense involved, if you don't know the theories/studies you will fail, simple as, its not a subject which you can "blag". Subjects like economics/business have far more common sense in my opinion.
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Yeah, you are wrong.

I do sociology with 3 other subjects (eng lang, geography and business) all at A2 level. At the moment I am finding it to be the hardest of my four subjects and the subject involving the most work/revision as well. In my opinion, it requires the skills which any essay based subject does (although I can't really say that as I haven't done every essay based subject!); such as the ability to use the relevant theory/facts, to analyse and explain theories and studies, and to reach conclusions after weighing up different arguments. So personally, I don't really classify it as an easy subject, and to be honest, this thread is a wee bit silly as different people find different things hard (I know plenty of people which would find maths easier than sociology despite the former being more respected.)
ah ok then cool, thought I was wrong anyway
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It's not 'common sense'. Indeed, the whole point of sociological research is often to challenge common sense. The only reason it seems to be common sense is because sociological research is very good at being absorbed into the popular consciousness. For example, 'self-fulfilling prophecy' is a concept that most people consider common sense, yet it's sociological research that has led to that. It was not always seen as obvious.

Oh, and I found sociology easy because our school has the best sociology teacher in the UK. Seriously, best results of any school, selective, independent, or state (I went to a state school).
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Yeah, you are wrong.

I do sociology with 3 other subjects (eng lang, geography and business) all at A2 level. At the moment I am finding it to be the hardest of my four subjects and the subject involving the most work/revision as well. In my opinion, it requires the skills which any essay based subject does (although I can't really say that as I haven't done every essay based subject!); such as the ability to use the relevant theory/facts, to analyse and explain theories and studies, and to reach conclusions after weighing up different arguments. So personally, I don't really classify it as an easy subject, and to be honest, this thread is a wee bit silly as different people find different things hard (I know plenty of people which would find maths easier than sociology despite the former being more respected.)
This thread was more for those who say sociology is an easy subject, I just wondered what they found easy about it. It would be more of a silly thread if I had asked "Is sociology hard?" lol.
You are the first person I have heard not say "I found sociology stupidly easy"
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I do Sociology at degree level, I never studied it at GCSE / A-Level. I always had the view that it was easy but picked it as a minor to my Politics degree in my first year. I found it really interesting and I wouldn't exactly say that it was easy but the concepts came to me easily.

It is one of those 'oh i get it' subjects if that makes sense. Everything relates to real life which i find interesting.

People do look down at me for doing it as a degree but I wonder whether those people could actually study it well if they tried.
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I put other, the stuff is quite easy as well although there is a lot to learn but my main reason is that I have an EXCELLENT teacher! I went in at the beginning of AS predicted an E and went up and got an A which Im now predicted for A2. But tbh in all subjects a good teacher can make a difference
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Im sorry, but the subject is not based on "common sense." Good luck doing a 40 mark essay on "commen sense." I found sociology to be a complex subject...it's a subject with a lot depth and detail (especially when looking at the theories - marxism etc). Alot of people who dont do it, just think you learn basics e.g. "does watching violent films make turn you into a violent person."
I think sociology is a misunderstood but valuable subject....it certaintly opened my eyes to alot of what goes on in this world (in terms of theories behind education and the criminal system). It def teaches you to think outside the box - look for masked ideas...which is similar to what you do in more "respected" subjects like English.
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