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Sociology coursework Introduction The chosen subject area of my coursework is family. The reason I have chosen this particular area of sociology is because family is known worldwide and exists in everyone, however overtime the family structure and the roles in the family have changed. I am going to investigate why the divorce rate is increasing and to what extent the media has an impact on this choice, and I also would like to find out the effects of divorce on children. These issues are important in Britain today, because most families are no longer nuclear families. Therefore, I want to investigate and find out why this is happening and what effect the media has on these families. I will look at sociologists such as Karl Marx. Hypothesis The hypothesis is that I would like to find out why the divorce rate is increasing (1/3 - UK), this maybe due to the fact that women have more rights. In addition, I would like to know if the media is having a larger impact on the decision of divorce, and what effect it has on children. Therefore, I predict that the divorce rate is increasing because the media has a larger acceptance of divorce, which therefore has a greater impact of why the divorce rate is increasing. ...read more.

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Or qualitative if the questions that are used are open because if the questions are open the respondent can express their views therefore the answer will be descriptive, an example would be if you were trying to find out why people like chocolate ice cream, and this is known as an unstructured interview. The advantages of using an interview would be that there is a good response rate and it explains the purpose of whatever the interviewer is trying to find out. However the disadvantages is that it is expensive, time consuming and the interviewer can sometimes influence the respondents' decision. The other option is to do a questionnaire. These can be used to collect either quantitative or qualitative data depending on the type of questions used. Questionnaires can either be completed by the respondent or filled out by me. The advantages of using a questionnaire are that it is cheap, there is a larger response rate and it is quick. However there are several disadvantages to consider such as there may be some confusion and the respondent may not be able to follow the instructions. Having fully considered the options I have decided to conduct both interviews and questionnaires. ...read more.

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I chose this method because I will use the internet to gain more descriptive and detailed information. I will then use newspapers and textbooks to have an overall view using quantitative data. This is related to my hypothesis because I am finding out the divorce rate, this data will be quantitative and given as statistics. I will also be finding out the causes and effects of divorce, for this I will collect qualitative data. The pilot study A pilot study is a small scale testing of a survey. I will conduct a pilot study first to see if it is reasonable and if it gives me valid results/data. I will then test to see if I need to make any changes for my actual questionnaire. Question 1 - Male/female M F Question 2 - Age 18 - 25 25 - 33 33 - 40 40+ Question 3 - Do you watch soaps, if yes which one? Question 4 - What is your favourite TV programme? Question 5 - What is your opinion on divorce? Question 6 - Are you divorced? Yes No Question 7 - If yes, why? Question 8 - Did the media have any sort of impact on this decision? Yes Question 9 - If yes, what influence? Question 10 - If you are divorced and have children, what effect has it had on them? ...read more.

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