How has increased choice in personal life affected family structures in the UK today?
This question recently came up on the June 2022 A-level sociology exam paper two, the families and household topic. It was one of the 10 mark questions which linked to an item, as follows: ‘People have more choice today than in the past over who they can be in a personal relationship with. They also…
Research on Same Sex Parenting
One obvious difference between same-sex and opposite sex couples when it comes to children is that same-sex couples don’t have the biological requirements to create their own children between them, so they have to seek alternative options. The NHS outlines various different pathways for same-sex parents to raise children (the same options as for opposite…
The Sex Map of Britain
The Sex Map of Britain is a very interesting recent documentary series which ‘meets people for whom sex, sexuality and having children is far from straightforward. The series covers the following topics: The reality of being a ‘cheap prostitute’ – selling sex for as little as £4. Why some people choose a career in porn.…
Religious Pluralism: Evidence of Secularization?
Durkheim’s view of religion implied that a truly religious society could only have one religion in that society. In Durkheim’s analysis this was the situation in small-scale, Aboriginal societies, where every member of that society comes together at certain times in the year to engage in religious rituals. It was based on observations of such…
Evaluate the view that the growth of family diversity has led to a decline in the nuclear family (20)
An example of a top band answer (17/20) to a possible question on the AQA’s 7192/2 topics in sociology paper (families option, section A)
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…
Conceptualizing Family Diversity
Both Functionalist and Marxist Sociologists theorised that the nuclear family was central to most people’s experiences in modern industrial society. However, recent research has suggested that postmodern societies are characterised by a plurality, or diversity, of household and family types, and so the idea of a dominant or normal family type is now misleading. The…
Analyse two ways in which migration has affected household structures (10)
How to get full marks for a 10 mark ‘item’ question in sociology A-level.