Top Ten ‘Big Questions’ for A-Level Sociology Students
Does society shape the individual? Do class, gender, ethnicity influence our life chances? How and why do societies change?
An Introduction to Sex, Gender and Gender Identity
The aim of this post is to provide a very brief introduction to the very complex topic of sex, gender and gender identity. Sex, gender and gender identity: basic definitions Sex refers to the biological differences between men and women Gender refers to the cultural differences between – it is to do with social norms…
Should we be Concerned about the Gender Pay Gap at the BBC?
The BBC recently revealed the salaries of stars earning more than £150,000, and two-thirds of them are male, only a third female. So the very high income earner male-female ratio at the BBC is 2:1. Where the highest incomes are concerned, there is an enormous disparity between the highest earning male and the highest earning…
Outline and explain two ways in which changes to gender roles have affected diversity of family structures (10)
Question 1 in the A level sociology families and households ‘topics’ exam will be out of 10 marks ask you to ‘outline and explains’ two things (reasons/ ways/ criticisms for example). In order to get into the top mark band* for these questions you need to do the following: Outline two distinct ‘ways’, and they…
Analyse two reasons for gender differences in subject choice (10)
The trick here is to pick two broad (rather than very specific) reasons, which will give you the most scope to develop The first reason is gendered differences in early socialisation Fiona Norman (1988) found that most parents socialise boys and girls in different ways – they tend to be more gentle with girls, protect…
Gender and Education Summary Grid for A Level Sociology.
There are three main types of question for gender and education – achievement (why do girls generally do better than boys); subject choice (why do they choose different subjects) and the trickier question of how gender identities affect experience of schooling and how school affects gender identities. Below is the briefest of overviews(*it would be…
Radical Feminism Applied to Globalisation, Gender and Development
Radical Feminists point out that Globalisation may actually be leading to new forms of exploitation of women, and that, despite globalisation generally improving the lives of women, there are still significant areas for improvement. Two examples of this include the emergence of the global sex-industry and the persistence of violence against women despite globalisation. Globalisation…
Feminist Theory for A Level Sociology: An Introduction
This is a very brief introduction for first year A-level Sociology Students… Inequality between men and women is the most significant form of inequality Anthropological evidence demonstrates that inequalities between men and women exist in every single society in human history, and in most of these societies women have an inferior social status to men.…
Gender Equality in Rwanda
Rwanda makes an interesting case study of a developing nation which appears to have atypically high levels of gender equality. It ranks no 7 in the Gender Empowerment Index, just behind the Nordic countries, and actually has a higher proportion of girls enrolled in education than boys (97% compared to 95%). Given that East and North…
Modernisation Theory Applied to Gender Inequality
Modernisation Theory blames internal cultural factors for women’s subordination in the developing world. It is argued that some traditional cultures, and especially the religious ideas that underpin the values, norms, institutions and customs of the developing world, ascribe status on the basis of gender. In practise, this means that males are accorded patriarchal control and…