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Assess the View that Theoretical Factors are the most Important Factor Influencing Choice of Research Method (30)

Just a few thoughts on how you might answer this in the exam.  Introduction – A variety of factors influence a Sociologist’s decision as to what research method they use: the nature of topic, theoretical, practical and ethical factors. Theoretical … Continue reading

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Assess the View that Economic Indicators Provide an Unsatisfactory Picture of Development

Economic definitions and ways of measuring development are unsatisfactory. A much clearer and more useful picture emerges when wider social factors are included.’ Assess this view of development and underdevelopment. (20) International organizations such as the World Bank prefer to … Continue reading

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Analyse two ways in which cultural capital may give some children an advantage in education (10)

  Item A  According to the Marxist sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, middle class parents possess more cultural capital, than working class children. Bourdieu argues that the skills and knowledge middle class parents possess, such as themselves having benefited from education, and … Continue reading

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A Level Sociology – Outline Questions (4 and 6 Marks, Education Paper 1)

Four and Six mark outline questions appear on the education and crime and deviance AQA A level sociology exam papers. This blog post shows you some possible examples of outline questions which might appear on the Education exam paper, along … Continue reading

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Sociological Perspectives on Advertising

A brief summary of pages of 27-32 of Joel Stillerman’s ‘Sociology of Consumption’: The Effects of Advertising and Branding on Consumers (with comments!). The theories covered in this section include: The Manipulation Thesis (1) This originated with Adorno and Horkheimer’s … Continue reading

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Criminal Justice, Ethnicity and Racism

Both Paul Gilroy and Stuart Hall argue that crime statistics are socially constructed and these statistics do not reflect underlying differences in crime rates. They argue instead that the variations in stop and search and imprisonment rates by ethnicity are … Continue reading

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Feminist Perspectives on Society

Feminist perspectives on society and social inequalities, for A level sociology, theory and methods module. Introduction – The Basics Inequality between men and women is universal and the most significant form of inequality Gender norms are socially constructed not determined … Continue reading

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An Introduction to AS and A Level Sociology

Good Resources to explore further The Sociological Imagination by C Wright Mills (Amazon link) A summary of thinking sociologically chapter one by Bauman and May (ReviseSociology) A fairly in-depth web based summary of Thinking Sociologically by Bauman and May Meet … Continue reading

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Sociological Perspectives: The Basics

Sociological Perspectives in A Level Sociology Given that ‘society’ is complex and multi-layered, a key aspect of studying A-Level Sociology is being able to view society and social action through a number of different sociological perspectives, or lenses, because different … Continue reading

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Core Themes in AS and A Level Sociology

According to the AQA, the following are the most important aspects of studying Sociology. What’s below is taken straight from the AQA web site Integral elements All the following must be an integral part of the study of each topic … Continue reading

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