Methods in Context Questions: A Full Mark Answer from the AQA

An example of a full mark answer to a methods in context question from the AQA.

Applying material from Item A, analyse two changes in the position of children in society over the last 100 years.

A 10 mark ‘analyse with item’ practice question and answer for the AQA’s A-level paper 2: families

Applying material from Item C, analyse two ways in which an ageing population may affect family structures.

My attempt at a model 10/10 answer for this A-level sociology exam question (families and households topic)

Outline and explain two ways in which the family might be losing its functions (10)

This is a possible 10 mark (no item) question which could come up on the AQA’s A-level sociology paper 2: families and households, section A. This is essentially asking you to criticise the Functionalist view of the family. One way is that other institutions, such as the work place and schools are taking over previous … Continue reading “Outline and explain two ways in which the family might be losing its functions (10)”

AQA A-level sociology specification content at a glance

I think it’s useful to have the specification laid out in one easy to access to place – so here you go: With Families and Households and Global Development as the ‘options’ on paper 2 Please click here for a PDF Version of the above (probably better for both viewing and printing!): AQA sociology specification … Continue reading “AQA A-level sociology specification content at a glance”

Evaluate the view that changing gender roles are the most significant factor in explaining the increase in family diversity (20)

Below is a suggested essay plan for a possible essay which may come up on the AQA’s A-level sociology paper 2: topics in sociology: families and households section. The plan follows the Point – Explain – Analyse – Evaluate structure, topped and tailed with an introduction and a conclusion: GIFF VERSION PNG VERSION: (Two versions as … Continue reading “Evaluate the view that changing gender roles are the most significant factor in explaining the increase in family diversity (20)”

Conceptualising Gender Equality in Relationships

Most Sociological theorising has stressed the fact that gender roles in family life have become increasingly equal since the 1950s Below is a brief revision map of some of the main sociological concepts which have been developed to describe the ‘typical relationship’: taken together, they suggest a movement towards greater gender equality in relationships: This … Continue reading “Conceptualising Gender Equality in Relationships”

Applying Sociological Perspectives to the Decline of Marriage – Revision Notes

Summary revision notes (in diagram form) on sociological perspectives applied to the decline of marriage in society, written to help students revise for the families and households section of the AQA’s A-level sociology paper 2: topics in sociology. You will probably need to click to enlarge/ save the picture below! Other sources you might find … Continue reading “Applying Sociological Perspectives to the Decline of Marriage – Revision Notes”

Outline and explain two social changes which may explain the decline of marriage in recent decades (10)

A model answer for a 10 mark ‘outline and explain’ question on the AQA’s A level sociology paper 2 (families and households)

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