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Below are five books that I would recommend for the AICE Sociology AS Level Course. The first three can be checked out from the media center. That being said, the books are not expensive, so if you want your own copy, feel free to order one.

This is the main text for the course. It pretty much gives an outline of the AS and A Level Cambridge Curriculum. A good tool to use as an overview and study guide. Check this out from the media center
This is one of the best histories of Marriage and how our preconceptions about what marriage is in the modern world is not the norm for history. That marriage is associated with love is a historical contingency and a social construct.
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This book gives a really great explanation of sociological thinking and how to incorporate theory into your analysis. It is well written in everyday language. Definitely worth your time.
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This is another great explainer written in everyday language. This is the most up to date, 3rd edition. You could probably get the first or second edition much cheaper. Not Available at the Media Center
This is another great book for giving an overview of sociological thinking in social, philosophical and historical context. It’s a great book for digging deeper into theory and gaining a greater depth of understanding. A harder read than the books above.
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This is another great book to help you understand the sociological perspective. It also includes a great chapter on the Sociology of the Family. This one is significantly harder than the books above.
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free texts

American Society: How it Actually Works

Boundless Sociology

Cliffs Notes Sociology

Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World

Introduction to Sociology: 1st Canadian Edition

Social Problems: Continuity and Change


Friedrich Engels: The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State

Branislaw Malinowski: Argonauts of the Western Pacific

Theme One: Foundations of Sociology



Lesson 1: Ideal types

Thomas More’s Utopia — Complete Book

LEsson 2: The Sociological Imagination

Lesson 3: The functionalist Perspective

Riots are Not Just Mindless Violence

Lesson 4

Supplemental Materials

This is a pretty good summary of Marxist Theory. He goes into Alienation more than I did. Caution, some bad words.
See the Feminism and advertising Slideshow below
Applying Theory to Social Issues: Here’s an application of Michel Foucault’s thinking to understanding Social Media and Fake News

Theme 2: Society and Human behavior


What does Ideology Mean?

Supplemental Materials

Weber’s Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
George Ritzer The McDonaldization of Society

theme 3: culture and diversity

Theme 4: Stratification and inequality

Jane Elliot’s original experiment [excerpt]
The continuation of Jane Elliot’s work…this one’s a bit harsh
Is the United States a Democracy?

Theme 5: Methods of Sociological Research

Quantitative Research

Qualitative Research Methods

Deductive and Inductive Methods
The interaction between Positivism and Interpretivism can be understood as a Cycle of Research by which a “Realistic” understanding of the social world can be developed.

Deductive Reasoning vs. Inductive Reasoning

Theme 6: the family and social change

Click Image for the Link to the Pew Study: U.S. has world’s highest rate of children living in single-parent households
A good summary of Neoliberalism/New Right perspectives on the family

Theme 7: Family Roles, Marraige and Changing Relationships

The Bowen Theory of Family

The Social Construction of Childhood — Revise Sociology

The Social Construction of Childhood — Hectic Teacher

Social Construction of Childhood — Helpful Professor

Video Lectures

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Study Guides

A great Explanation of the Social Construction of Reality

Reality is socially constructed when human interactions are repeated and become habits. These habits are then institutionalized, or taught as the legitimate way of interacting. These interactions then become reified, or seen as intrinsically real. Moral Entrepreneurs may arise that challenge the social construct. When that happens, the tendency is to assume that the Moral Entrepreneur is pathological and that the social construct is valid.
Phenomenology tries to bridge the gap between Structuralism and Interactionism

Social Theory Quizlet

Papa Cambridge Past Papers in Sociology: Past papers are an invaluable tool for study. Extra credit for any practice questions you do from the past papers (so long as they were not already submitted as required essays for the quarter.

Mr. Kester’s Class: Not sure who this Kester guy is, but his website is pretty useful.

Writing Advice and Structures

Writing for Sociology University of California Berkeley

Writing an A Level Essay

UNC Chapel Hill Sociology Writing Center

The Paper 1 Generic Mark Scheme was originally created for the previous syllabus, but much of the advice still holds true for the current Papers.