Families and Households

This page provides links to blog posts on the main topics of the AQA’s  Families and Households module. It’s gradually being populated and most of the families and households material should be completed by end of November 2016. If you like this sort of thing – you might like to check out my various revision resources for sale on Sellfy

Families and Households Overview

An Introduction to the Sociology of the Family 

Defining the Familyclass notes

Families  in the UK – Seven Interesting Statistics – class notes, with pretty pictures

Perspectives on The Family

An Overview of what you need to know –a knowledge check list covering key concepts, research studies, sociologists, and some suggested short answer and essay style exam questions 

The Functionalist perspective on the family – detailed class notes

The Marxist perspective on the family – detailed class notes

Feminist perspectives on the family – detailed class notes

The Liberal Feminist perspective on the family detailed class notes and evaluations

The Marxist Feminist perspective on the familydetailed class notes

The Radical Feminist perspective on the familydetailed class notes

The New Right View of the family – class notes

The postmodern view of the family – class notes

The Late Modern perspective on the family – class notes

Dating and Relationships in Postmodern Society – exploratory extension/ evaluate post

The Personal Life Perspective on the family – class notes

All Perspectives Mind Maps – an overview of perspectives on the family in mind maps (external link, purchase for £cheap£)

Marriage, Divorce and Cohabitation

Overview of what you need to know – a knowledge check list covering key concepts, research studies, sociologists, and some suggested short answer and essay style exam questions 

Explaining the changing patterns of marriage – class notes 

Explaining the decline in marriageexternal video link

Explaining the changing patterns of divorcemind map

Examine the long term increase in divorce ratesessay plan

The consequences of declining marriage and increasing divorce – class notes

Trends in Family Structure – Family Diversity/ The Decline of the Nuclear Family?

Trends in family and household diversity – very brief class notes (really an introduction to the topic) 

Official Statistics on family and household diversity – trends 2016 update

Explaining the increase in family diversity part 1/3 – class notes 

Explaining the increase in family diversity part 2/3 –class notes

Evaluating the view that the nuclear family is in decline part 3/3 – class notes

Why do so many young adults live with their parents? – detailed class notes and evaluations

Examining how family life varies by ethnicity in the UK – class notes 

Power and Equality within Domestic Roles 

To what extent are gender roles characterised by equality? – class notes

To what extent is the domestic division of labour equal? – class notes 

Issues of power and control in relationships – class notes


To what extent is childhood socially constructed? – class notes 

The March of Progress View of Childhood – class notes 

Toxic Childhood – Toxic childhood and Paranoid Parenting – class notes

Is childhood disappearing? –class notes

Social Policy

Social policy and the family (an overview of social policies) – class notes 

Sociological Perspectives on Social Policy and The Family – class notes 

How do social policies affect family life? – external link, video


Explaining changes to the birth rate – class notes

Explaining the long term decline of the death rate – class notes

The consequences of an ageing populationsummary of a Thinking Allowed Podcast from 2015

The consequences of an ageing population – mind map

Migration and its consequences for family life – very detailed class notes

A Level Sociology Families and Households Revision Bundle

Families Revision Bundle CoverIf you like this sort of thing, then you might like my AS Sociology Families and Households Revision Bundle which contains the following:

  1. 50 pages of revision notes covering all of the sub-topics within families and households
  2. mind maps in pdf and png format – 9 in total, covering perspectives on the family
  3. short answer exam practice questions and exemplar answers – 3 examples of the 10 mark, ‘outline and explain’ question.
  4.  9 essays/ essay plans spanning all the topics within the families and households topic.

If you’re not quite as flush, how about this… just the 50 pages of accessible, user friendly, exam-focused notes for only £0.99* – from iTunes, Barnes and Noble and Kobo.

Sociology Revision Notes

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Overview of my six general types of blog post

  • Knowledge check lists – these are quick check lists, typically for each topic rather than sub topic, literally just lists of concepts and some possible questions.
  • Class notes – Medium to long posts which go into each topic in some detail, text-book stylee if you like.
  • Evaluation/ Application Posts – what some students would regard as ‘bare long’ posts – these are the ones you should be reading, and writing for yourselves if you really want to ‘get’ sociology
  • Revision notes – what most of you are hear for you lazy s******* – the briefest versions of notes on each topic
  • Essay Plans – either complete or templates, sometimes bullet points – useful for exam training, but remember the exam board can quite easily throw you a curve ball essay.
  • Other types of post – sometimes I might bring out the bears or do a top ten post – in which case I’ll chuck it in here as and when I get time…

18 Responses to Families and Households

  1. Raja Ibrahim says:

    Thank you so much, these we soooo useful.

  2. Marlo says:

    This that OG help. Thanks man

  3. Quint says:

    Really useful, thank you. Time for last-minute cramming lol

  4. Rafiq says:

    I got an A in sociology AS because of you. Thank you so much!!!!

    • Karl Thompson says:

      Glad to be of assistance, although I’m sure your own ability and effort played a role too!

      • Rafiq says:

        Is there any chance you could make a section for the beleif topics for the A level course?

      • Karl Thompson says:

        It’s on the list of things to do, but not a priority as I haven’t taught it for a decade! Might start it next July.

  5. Colson says:

    Please do Belief!!!

  6. Anonymous says:


  7. Anon says:

    Under ‘sociological theories’, the link for ‘social action theory: breif summary notes’ is broken.

  8. Anon says:

    Quick question: For the A level examinations (year 2) do students have to make cross topic refrences in the 20/30 markers? For instance; if a question asks ‘evaluate the marxists perspective on crime’, do I link to topics such as education and families and households throughout my response, even though the question focus purley on crime or is not neccessary to reach the top band? Thank you

    • Karl Thompson says:

      Hi – good question, and as far as I’m aware, you don’t need to link to other topics in paper 2 to get into the top mark band, it’s more important to stay very focused on the particular questions, and analyse (the 10 markers) and analyse and evaluate thoroughly for the 20 mark essays. I say ‘as far as I’m aware’ – it doesn’t say you have to cross-link in either the mark scheme or the AQA specification.

  9. Jess says:

    Sooooo useful!!! Thanks so much

  10. Anonymous says:

    bro you are honestly a god

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