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Additions to Recommended Content in the AQA Teaching Guide (Crime & Deviance)

Craig Gelling

10th November 2022

AQA has recently released an updated version of its popular teaching guide for A Level Sociology. Whilst this does not form an amendment to the specification, there are some interesting changes to the sociologists and research that students might be expected to be familiar with.

We have spent the last week or so going through the new teaching guide to highlight some of the new sources that are recommended by AQA and that you and your students may want to become more familiar with. While the new teaching guide is less comprehensive than the older version, with less recommended sociologists, it should be used to broaden your curriculum rather than replace it (with some exceptions).

Over the next week or so, we will be looking at the new recommendations for core content (Education, Crime and Deviance and Theory and Methods), for the Year 12 options (Culture and Identity, Families and Households, Health and Work, Poverty and Welfare) and Year 13 options (Beliefs in Society, Global Development, Media and Stratification and Differentiation). Where possible we will suggest some specific studies that students may want to be familiar with (some of which we will develop further in separate posts).

Today, we will be looking at the core topic of Crime & Deviance:

Crime & Deviance:

Crime has significantly fewer sociologists named than in the last teaching guide, but as we are focusing on new additions rather than removals it may be worth just adding new content to your teaching rather than completely overhauling it on the basis of this guide.

Under the specification point "social distribution of crime", the work of Patel and Tyrer and Williams and Clarke has been added.

Patel, T and Tyrer, D., (2013) Race, Crime and Resistance

Williams, P and Clarke, B. (2016) Dangerous associations: Joint enterprise, gangs and racism

Under the "crime, control, surveillance and prevention" specification point, just one additional reference has been added – Phillips and Webster.

Phillips, C and Webster C (2014) New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime

Craig Gelling

Craig is an experienced Sociology teacher and examiner and is known as The Sociology Guy on social media. Craig helps design and deliver tutor2u Sociology CPD courses and student exam workshops.

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