Author Archives: Karl Thompson

Outline and Explain Two Reasons Why Interpretivists Prefer to Use Qualitative Research Methods

A model answer to a possible 10 mark question which could appear on the AQA’s A-level papers 1 or 3. NB Warning – this is total overkill and probably completely unrepresentative of what 95% of actual A-level students are capable … Continue reading

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Analyse two reasons why women remain economically disadvantaged compared to men despite the increase in the gender gap in educational achievement (10)

Using material from item A and elsewhere, analyse two reasons why women remain economically disadvantaged compared to men despite the increase in the gender gap in educational achievement (10) Item A Girls have been outperforming boys in education for 30 … Continue reading

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Sociological perspectives on the relationship between education and work

Functionalism Education teaches us specialist skills for work – At school, individuals learn the diverse skills necessary for this to take place. For example, we may all start off learning the same subjects, but later on we specialize when we … Continue reading

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Does Peppa Pig Encourage Unnecessary G.P Visits?

To what extent is Peppa Pig responsible for increasing strain on the NHS? Continue reading

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Who is Poor in the UK?

22% of the UK population, or 13.9 million people live in poverty in the UK (2016). Poverty rates are higher for lone parent households (46%), disabled households (34), and rates also vary significantly by ethnicity (e.g. the Bangladeshi poverty rate = 50%). Continue reading

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UK Poverty Trends 1996 – 2017

How do we explain the long term decline in UK Poverty rate, and its more recent increase? Continue reading

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Contemporary Sociology: The Parsons Green Tube Bomber

The Tube Bomber: A “Duty” to Hate Britain? The case of Ahmed Hassan, the 18 year old Iraqi asylum seeker who planted a homemade bomb onto a London tube train in September 2017, injuring 51 people is a good candidate … Continue reading

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Why has Police Recorded Crime Doubled in Three Years?

The number of violent crimes and sex offences recorded by police in England and Wales have more than doubled in the last four years. This is an excellent article by the BBC summarising this trend, with a pretty shocking embedded … Continue reading

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Applying material from Item A, analyse two reasons why some pupils join pupil subcultures (10)

This is one of the 10 mark analyse questions appearing on one of the AQA’s specimin papers, below I’ve simply adapted the AQA’s model answer and added in my own commentary…. Hooks in the item What to apply the hooks … Continue reading

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The Condition of Postmodernity, David Harvey: Chapter 3: Postmodernism, A Summary

A summary of David Harvey’s (1989) The Condition of Postmodernity’: An Inquiry Into the Origins of Cultural Change. This is a summary of chapter three. You like to read my summaries of chapter one and two first of all: Click … Continue reading

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