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  1. Is the study of class still relevant in the UK today?

    In the UK today it is possible for people to move between class groups as their opportunity for higher paid jobs, more power etc is evident. An example of this would be entrepreneurs like Lord Alan Sugar and Duncan Ballantyne. Both came from working class backgrounds but within their life time have achieved great power and prestige and are extremely wealthy. In the UK today there are three types of class: upper, middle and lower/ working class. These are usually measured on terms of economic status or occupation objectively on scales such as the Registrar General Scale but are also measured subjectively.

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  2. With reference to social class, explain to what extent differential achievement is still a significant aspect of education in the UK today. Use two contrasting theories and relevant studies

    Some thought it would lead to the masses 'thinking' for themselves and see their roles in society as unfair, causing them to revolt. Others such as the church were funded by the state with public money to provide education for the poor and these churches did not want to lose that influence on youth. Although this gave children a few years of formal education , still only the richer children had the oppertunity to further their education until they were 18/19 years old, thus education still being based on social class until the 1944.

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  3. Social structure today has 4 main components: status, roles, groups, and institutions. Each one these components play out a different action in how we behave within the main framework that is being created.

    Each status that we are defined by comes with a set of expectations that define our identity (Mooney). These statuses can be either achieved or ascribed. Achieved statuses are ones that we usually have control over and are able to direct where they go (Ferris 141). Examples of these types of achieved statuses can be seen every day in almost any environment. From people that have become doctors, to people who are now parents, achieved statuses are usually earned by hard work and diligence.

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  4. Research and questions and answers on Marriage.

    9. Do both parties need to apply in person? Ans: No, only one party must attend in person to purchase the licence but that person must have the application completed and signed by both parties, and the required identification and other documents for both parties. 10. What documentations are required? Ans: Each party needs two pieces of original identification; one piece of ID must be one of the following (plus any change of name certificate): * Current passport * Record of Immigrant Landing * Canadian Citizenship papers * Adoption papers * Birth Certificate The second piece of ID must be a photo identification.

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  5. Analysing Education in Britain. Student fees, Acadamies and Differences in Attainment Levels.

    This allows them to still be able to go to university. Graduates who then go into low paid jobs under 21,000 may not have to pay anything back. Currently this is at 15,000. Through a tapered interest rate the government expect that nearly half of students will not have to pay back the full amount back (Barnett, 2010). The Liberal democrats' deputy leader Simon Hughes has now been appointed the position of persuading young people that they can still afford to go to university he has agreed to become the government's advocate for access to education in order to discard any myths about the policy that poor people cannot afford to go.

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  6. Sociology Essay - The History of Welfare and the Problem of Poverty in England.

    Often, this phrase was looked at to mean inmates of the workhouses were to be made to endure conditions worse than those outside; this led to accusations that the Poor Law Commissioners had no idea about the conditions in which the poor lived (Bloy, Workhouses and the Poor law, 2002). The other group were the 'undeserving poor'; these were beggars and criminals people who could work but chose not to. They were punished and whipped through the town until they 'learnt the error of their ways'.

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  7. Social class is the way of grouping people together according to the jobs they do. The government use the Register Generals table of social class

    Children might also go to a private school or a normal school that's close to home which means this will be good for their interlectual development. The disadvantages might be that children might get neglected and feel like they're not getting enough love from parents. Skilled non manual - Manager, Teachers, nurses All these careers in this category are highly skilled and are highly paid also. Children in these families might live in a big house with a garden to play, they might have a healthy diet which again is good for the physical growth of the child, they might

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  8. Examine changes in the patterns of childbearing and childrearing in the United Kingdom since the 1970s

    Since abortion was introduced women could do what they like, when they like because having a family may not have been their top priority but like I mentioned before they may want to work then settle down to have a family until there late 30/40's. The increase in sexual activities outside marriage has led to many couples cohabiting and having kids has also increased from 8% to 19&%. At the same time contraception is available to control the fertility outcome and reform the divorce law.

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  9. The riots in 2011 were a reflection of Britains broken society. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

    The reason why their child is on the streets, looting and causing trouble, is because they have not taught their children the right thing to do from young age. Also, it could be argued that the riots showed how bad mannered the children in the society: they are selfish because they do not care about how their looting is affecting everyone else; they are thoughtless in not caring about their own future and just want luxury which will only be for a short while, and they are disrespectful because they are not respecting other people's rights and not being respectful to even their own parents, by not listening to them.

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  10. Introduction to Sociology - questions and answers

    Sociology is a critical social science. Describe what you understand by this statement. Sociology is a critical science because it places society almost under scrutiny so it can analyze, challenge and turn over every leaf to get close to a better understanding of society and why/how it functions. Section Two 1. Give a full definition of the following terms: A) Culture is a way of life within a particular society. It is what people follow, adapt to and learn from birth and social behaviour. With culture comes Beliefs, Traditions and Values. B) Norms within society are similar to rules.

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  11. Divorce has been one of the causes of the change in the Bahamian family structure. Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons to support your answer.

    The greatest lie that drug addict might believe is that his/her actions have no effect their families and the people around them. The family members are in fact deeply affected when a parent or child abuses drugs. The situation either can create a hostile and fearful home environment for the entire family or an environment where the family lacks communication and is distant from each other. Whether the drug abused is alcohol, a narcotic or street drug, or a prescription drug, there are effects on the family.

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  12. How does social pressure affect the family?

    This is the main cause of unemployment. Being unemployed the parents now struggle to support their families. The parents are faced with the task of feeding, clothing, and sheltering their family. The only way the parents can provide for their families is by making money. Because there is no employment in the home, the parents are not able to provide provisions for their families. This can cause many things to happen to the family; homelessness, divorce etc. Domestic Violence; also known as abuse is also a very common social pressure in the Bahamas.

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  13. . The cultural values of an individual have a deep impact on their attitude towards life. However, some cultures have gender inequality and their beliefs clash with law and superstitions, and so impair our identity

    The sexes are strictly separated in public and women are required to have compulsory male guardians who show dominance by having the female walk a few paces behind. However, it is just a matter of time until these women, too, become emancipated. For the moment, they may have to hide behind their apron strings but their society will catch up with the rest of the progressive world. Hopefully then, they can be free from the yoke of ignorance that has been stifling them for centuries.

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  14. ANTZ is not only a very entertaining animated-film but its also an excellent studying material for Social Study. Throughout the film there are many social study themes that pop up such as: bureaucracy, culture, and also ideas of various philosophers

    Not only so, it seems like women and men in the ant's colony are pretty much equal, the feminine ants might not be soldier but at least they are treated equally which is ideal to Rousseau and Plato .The population of the colony is 5 millions so in order to administer all the activities of the whole colony and put everything under control then bureaucracy is essential. As you can see clearly, all the labors are well-divided into sections doing different kinds of works: the workers dig the tunnel, the soldiers go to battles,...

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  15. Free essay

    Research Method for sociology investigation - The first method I have chosen to use is Questionnaires

    out in my school it is much easier as for the person would know me and speak openly, closed questions would give a quantative data. Another Strength is that they are anonymous so the person wouldn't feel embarrassed and because there is not much open questions the person wouldn't have to write a lot. The problems with this method will be that people might lie to make them-selves look good or people might not complete the questionnaire because some of the questions are open so they might not want to write, if they do this it would be harder for me to draw conclusions.

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  16. Sociology Revision Notes - work, alienation and unemployment.

    On the other side, people might work in paid employment solely for money reasons as they don't enjoy their job and to compensate joy they spend their income on leisure activities, clothes and holidays; this means that they fin satisfaction outside employment, their satisfaction is extrinsic to their job. People may also work in paid employment as they find interesting and valuable being in company of colleagues and workmates; for social contacts; and finally as a source of status, prestige and identity, as being regularly paid provides self-esteem by contributing with money to the household.

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  17. Absolute Poverty in the United Kingdom

    I agree to this but I must say that if we are to be realistic, the word absolute also means total, complete and utter. Using these other words give more depth into the world of "absolute poverty". Britain some people say is a developed nation. It is known to every individual living here that there are many types of benefit people receive even council homes for underage girls who get pregnant and teenagers who decide upon themselves that it is a good idea to leave home and "search for freedom" or something the youth of today feel is maturity.

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  18. Discuss Reasons For Changes In The Role Of Women In The Family In Contemporary Society

    A fourth shift is waking up in the night to look after children. All of this means that women now have more work and responsibility than before. This is a major change in the role of women. Although Willmott and Young discussed the idea of a symmetrical family, where men and women do the same amount of work in the home, in reality studies have shown this is very rare. Another change is the fact that women have more power within the family.

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  19. Color Purple

    into a business - stands on her own feet � Nettie marries and is reunited with Celie Why is it banned � Graphic depiction of violence, Rape, Language, Sexuality of the relationship between Shug and Celie, Racism, Man's relationship with God, African history Quotes � Sophia, a character who has been appraised in the book for her kindness, strength, and independence, is described here with wounds and a horrible description of her condition. Was it really necessary to go into detail, and make it so depressing?

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  20. The three aims of my coursework will be: To find out whether or not women are having children later on in life. To see if it is mostly middle-class women who are being pressurised into having children later in life To find out if a womans

    I will prove my hypothesis by completing primary research such as questionnaires to women. I will use secondary research to find out if a woman's priorities have changed over the years. I will look at sociologists who have completed work that is on the same topic as mine such as interviews with women on careers and the family. I will define key sociological concepts such as family morals and sexism in careers. Methodology Having decided upon my research topic and hypothesis, the next stage of my coursework is to thin about how I might conduct my primary research.

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  21. Human rights

    It is difficult to understand how people become homeless and research shows that they are all ages, from all areas and backgrounds. There are charities that support the homeless and Centre point is a national organization that focuses on young people. It provides emergency night shelters and short stay hostels. Their research shows that more than 80% of the young people who turn to Centre point for help are homeless due to family breakdown, abuse or eviction. Some young people become homeless following the death of a parent.

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  22. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH ANALYSIS? ILLUSTRATE WITH SUITABLE EXAMPLES

    There are various advantages of questioners. These are made up of a large number of data from many people in a relatively short time. Since data is obtained from, a large number of people generalising is more possible. For example in young and Willmot's study of family life in London in 1971, they found that free time is spent doing chores and odd jobs around the house. In a quantitative research, since little personal involvement by the researcher takes place there is little danger or sacrifice by the researcher.

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  23. Original Writing

    A leased motor vehicle - short lease an expense; long lease a non-current asset iv) Motor vehicle on hire purchase - non-current asset v) Goodwill acquired when the business was purchased - intangible non-current asset vi) Unsold stock at the year end - current asset vii) Amounts owed by customers - current asset viii) Notification of a customer, who is still a debtor, going into liquidation - asset becomes an expense ix)

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  24. CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY INCLUDES A WIDE VARIETY OF FAMILY PATTERNS. DISCUSS WITH REFERENCE TO SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH

    If any the family has more functions than before. Today there is the emergence of the nuclear family. The extended family became a nuclear family due to space and privacy, and in an industrial society people need to move from one country to another for different/ better job opportunities. It is possible to move four members of a family from one country to another (nuclear family) rather than fifty members (extended family). Talcott Parsons says that the isolated nuclear family is the typical family in modern industrial society, since it does not form an integral part of a wider system of kinship relationships.

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  25. Socioeconomic life course influences on womens smoking

    Early motherhood, non-cohabitation, and also lone motherhood increase the chances of smoking. From these crucial findings it was concluded that both the conventionally measured socioeconomic life course and the domestic life course contribute separately to the odds of smoking and former smoking, this suggest that life course analyses should incorporate omen's domestic circumstances as a very important pathway of influence on their chances of smoking in early adulthood.

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