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    Outline and evaluate the Marxist view of the family

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    • Word count: 497
    • Submitted: 13/04/2013
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Diane Apeah-Kubi 28/06/2013
    • Awarding body: OCR (for A-levels)
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    Outline and evaluate the functionalist view of the role of the family in society [33 marks]

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    • Word count: 590
    • Submitted: 05/03/2013
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Diane Apeah-Kubi 28/06/2013
    • Awarding body: OCR (for A-levels)
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    Outline and asses sociological explanations for workplace inequalities between men and women

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    • Word count: 1553
    • Submitted: 11/06/2008
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Lesley Clark 01/01/1970
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    Critically Evaluate the Functionalist Perspective on Education

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    • Word count: 2155
    • Submitted: 08/09/2003
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Matthew Wilkin 07/05/2013
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    Examine the ways in which laws and social policies affect family life.

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    • Word count: 845
    • Submitted: 15/05/2013
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Diane Apeah-Kubi 28/06/2013
    • Awarding body: AQA (for A-levels)
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    Assess the extent to which roles within the family are becoming more equal or shared

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    • Word count: 1156
    • Submitted: 15/05/2013
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Diane Apeah-Kubi 28/06/2013
    • Awarding body: AQA (for A-levels)
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    Using material from item A and elsewhere, assess the contribution of functionalism to our understanding of families and households

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    • Word count: 1051
    • Submitted: 20/02/2013
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Diane Apeah-Kubi 28/06/2013
    • Awarding body: AQA (for A-levels)
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    Outline and assess Functionalist explanations of the role of the education system.

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    • Word count: 1589
    • Submitted: 28/05/2012
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Matthew Wilkin 10/06/2013
    • Awarding body: OCR (for A-levels)
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    Assess the usefulness of feminist contributions to our understanding of society today

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    • Word count: 1502
    • Submitted: 12/04/2012
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Matthew Wilkin 04/04/2013
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Sociology is the study of people in society; how societies affect the people within them and how people affect their society. It is a wide-ranging subject and investigates how factors such as family, class, ethnicity and the mass media affect the behaviour of individuals and groups. You will study some of the classic models and theoretical perspectives and investigate how modern societies either conform or contradict those theories.

Sociology requires strong powers of observation, analysis and essay writing and Marked by Teachers has significant numbers of essay examples which will enable you to develop and strengthen those skills required by Sociology examiners.

Those with an enquiring mind and an interest in how human societies work will find Sociology an attractive and fascinating subject to study at A level.Observing the world and evaluating different ideas leads to well developed powers of critical thinking which will be of considerable benefit in further study of the subject. It's also a strong grounding fordegree level study in Geography, Media Studies and Anthropology.

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  • Assess the usefulness of consensus theories for an understanding of crime and deviance in contemporary society.

    "Also a lot of the research carried out on this topic was carried out in the early 19th century therefore research into this topic was very androcentric. As a result it ignores the fact that women also commit crimes which in contemporary society is higher than it was when Merton and Cohen were carrying out their research. Feminists would argue this point along with the point that they ignore the crimes commited by males such as domestic violence, such as sexual abuse, however, Davis' argument that the legalisation of prostitution could hinder domestic violence within the family. In conclusion, although consensus theories are outdated some of the points argued could help develop a more in depth understanding of crime and deviance within contemporary society."

  • Assess the view that ethnic differences in crime rates are the result of the ways in which the criminal justice system operates.

    "As we have seen, official statistics on the criminal justice process show differences between ethnic group. The question is therefore how we explain these patterns. There are two main explanations for ethnic differences in the statistics; Left realisms and the Neo-Marxism. The left realists see the statistics represent real differences in rates of offending. Whereas the Neo-Marxists see the statistics are a social construct resulting from racist labelling and discrimination in the criminal rates of offending. From a left realist perspective, the justice system does not necessarily act on the differences of ethnic minorities but demonstrates a true representation of the rates in offending. On the other hand from a Neo-Marxists view the statistics is just a myth of the social construct and they see that is what the justice system acts on. To an extent, the left realist perspective seems to be valid as it is inane to believe that the ethnic minority community could be the fault of most crimes simply as a result of their race. However, it is also conceivable that their race, religion and ethnicity has a significant contribution ."

  • 'The world today is as furiously religious as ever it was and in some cases more so' to what extent is this statement supported.

    "The statement 'the world today is as furiously religious as ever it was and in some places more so', could be perceived as being true in that some cultures and continents still have religion and religious beliefs high on their agenda, but it could be argued that in European cultures especially, there is a decline in religious values and beliefs, statistics back up both sides at the argument, so it could just fall down to personal beliefs and opinion about the subject matter in hand."

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