Monthly Archives: June 2017

Education in America

Key statistics on education in America, and the key features of the American education system including primary, secondary and tertiary education, the national curriculum and the examinations system. This is part of a new set of posts designed to help … Continue reading

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How I would’ve answered the families and households section of A level sociology paper 2 (AQA, 2017)

Hints and tips on how I would’ve answered the A level sociology exam paper 2, 2017 (families and households section) Question 04: Outline and explain two ways in which changing gender roles within the family may have affected children’s experience of … Continue reading

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Analyse two ways in which migration has affected household structures (10)

This question cam up as part of the families and households option in A level sociology paper 2 (topics in sociology), June 2017. Item C In the 1950s, most immigrants into the United Kingdom came from Commonwealth countries such as … Continue reading

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Experiments in Sociology – Revision Notes

Definitions, key features and the theoretical, practical and ethical strengths and limitations of laboratory and field experiments applied to sociology (and psychology). Also covers key terms related to experiments Experiments – The Basics: Definitions/ Key Features Experiments aim to measure … Continue reading

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Does the Mainstream Media Influence our Voting Behaviour?

The Independent recently reported that only 28% of Sun readers voted the way the paper wanted them to.   This is the lead into a brief article about the Sun’s waning influence over it’s readers – as the article points out that … Continue reading

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Milgram’s Obedience Experiment – Strengths and Limitations

Milgram’s obedience experiment is one of the most useful examples to illustrate the strengths and limitations of laboratory experiments in psychology/ sociology, as well as revealing the punishingly depressing findings that people are remarkably passive in the face of authority… This post outlines … Continue reading

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Surveys on Family Life in the UK

Social Surveys are one of the most common methods for routinely collecting data in sociology and the social sciences more generally. There are lots of examples of where we use social surveys throughout the families and households module in the … Continue reading

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Why Do Voting Opinion Polls Get it Wrong So Often?

Surveys which ask how people intend to vote in major elections seem to get it wrong more often than not, but why is this? Taking the averages of all nine first and then final polls for the UK general election … Continue reading

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Why Did Labour Gain Seats in the 2017 General Election?

In the recent June 2017 General Election, Labour won more votes than it did in 2001, 2005, 2010 or 2015, proving almost all the forecasts and commentators wrong.According to this Guardian article there are three main reasons for this… It … Continue reading

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AQA A-Level Sociology Paper 2: Families and Households Section – Exam Advice

AQA A-Level Sociology: Topics in Sociology Exam: Advice for answer the families and households section  Paper 2 is a 2 hour paper, out of a total of 80 marks. You get a booklet of questions, split into two sections (A … Continue reading

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