Monthly Archives: August 2017

What is Patriarchy?

Working definition The systematic domination of women by men in some or all of society’s spheres and institutions Origins of the Concept  Ideas of male dominance have a very long history, with many religions presenting it as natural and necessary. … Continue reading

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Ethnicity and Inequality in the UK 2017

The issue of why there are inequalities by ethnicity in the UK is a topic which runs all the way through the A level sociology syllabus. This post simply presents some sources which provide information on the extent of inequality … Continue reading

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The Internet as an Object of Content Analysis

Websites, social media posts and similar virtual documents are all forms of secondary data, and thus amenable to both quantitative and qualitative content analysis.     There are, however, many difficulties in using web sites as sources of content analysis. … Continue reading

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Sentence Sorts for Teaching A-Level Sociology – How Useful Are They?

Matching exercises or ‘sentence sorts’ simply involve students matching the concept/ sociologist/ perspective/ method to a definition/ statement. Simple example: Decide whether the sentences are below are Functionalist or Marxist – simply write ‘F’ or ‘M’ next to the sentence. … Continue reading

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Seven Transferable Skills Teachers Can Take to Other Professions

Producing engaging written and audio visual resources Emotional sensitivity Evaluation and decision making based on standardized criteria Presentation and communication skills Facilitating participation Simultaneous independent and collaborative working Reflexivity, which incorporates flexibility. Seven transferable skills which teachers can take with … Continue reading

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Why Intelligence Doesn’t Explain Success

A summary of Malcom Gladwell’s ‘Outliers’ chapter 3: The Trouble With Genius, Part 1. Over the past Decade, Chris Langan has become the public face of genius in American life. He has an IQ of 195, compared to Einstein who … Continue reading

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Social Experiments on T.V.

There have been a lot of T.V. productions which have run ‘social experiments’ in recent years. This post simply outlines a few examples of these and some of the strengths and limitations of social experiments run by media companies. Channel … Continue reading

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What is Alienation?

Working definition: the separation or estrangement of human beings from some essential aspect of their nature or from society, often resulting in feelings of powerlessness or helplessness. Today, the concept of alienation has become part of ordinary language, much used … Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking Against Neoliberalism!

Stephen Hawking this week accused the Conservative government of damaging the NHS by slashing funding, weakening the health service though privatization, demoralizing staff by curbing pay and cutting social care support. Hawking blamed a raft of policies pursued since 2010 … Continue reading

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Durkheim’s Perspective on Education

Functionalist sociologist Emile Durkheim saw Education as performing two major functions in advanced industrial societies – transmitting the shared values of society and simultaneously teaching the specialised skills for an economy based on a specialised division of labour. Durkheim, a … Continue reading

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