However governments tend to invest on researches in specific fields such as transport, health, crime and housing. Overall funding can be seen as a key factor in choosing a research method. (Haralambos & Holborn) In addition the choice of topic crucial in deciding a method of research. When doing a particular study, researchers must initially decide on the topic of the research. Moreover, they must be aware that people may be offended by the topic being researched. An example, many sociologist are concerned about the extent of research in the negative side of African Caribbean life, with studies on school failure, lower levels of job success and even claimed that higher rate of criminality have led to critics arguing that a continued association is made between race and criminality or race and failure.
Sociology is the study of societies, the ways in which they are organised and the groups of which they are comprised. You'll be studying the family, social control, gender, poverty and the world of work amongst many other topics. There will be plenty of discussion and many contentious issues to debate and you'll pick up some valuable skills along the way. In order to succeed you'll need to develop abilities in analysis and interpretation, in critically appraising ideas and policies and in expressing yourself verbally and in writing.
The assessment is done by examination and Marked by Teachers can help you gain the necessary skills. Our site has a large number of GCSE Sociology answers that you can access, gaining an insight into what makes a good essay for the subject at this level.GCSE Sociology is great preparation if you have designs on studying it at Advanced level but it is also a useful subject to have studied if you are going onto take Geography, Politics or Economics.
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"In conclusion, some sociologists have tried to rectify the problem of value freedom within sociological research and have offered a solution with the formulation of a new question 'should sociology be value free?' However, Post modernists would criticise these people, as they believe that there is no such thing as validity (truth) so, in their view, value freedom cannot exist at all."
"In conclusion, both films teach us that Japanese society is full of vengeance, grief and dysfunctional families. In Ring, Sadako has a dysfunctional family, which causes her grief, which causes her to have vengeance. In Audition, Aoyama has a dysfunctional family, which causes him grief which in turn causes him to be a victim of Asami's vengeance, who also has grief. This shows that the concerns of modern Japanese society are all connected, with one being the input (dysfunctional families), one the process (grief) and one the output (vengeance).
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"In conclusion, the concept of citizenship put forward by Marshall is the building block, the foundation for other theories to be cemented upon as time, society and citizenship itself evolves. This is still relevant to a certain extent, yet with changes in gender roles, governments (i.e. New Deal ), and increasing differences in culture and class (among other factors), his theory cannot be applied directly and correctly to today's welfare state."
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