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    Outline some of the main differences between quantitative and qualitative Research methods. (1000 words)

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    Again, a low grade 3/high grade 2 essay. There is no consideration really of the second part of the question - why they might be considered 'mutually exclusive'. This would…

    • Essay length: 1993 words
    • Submitted: 20/06/2006
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Grace Thomas 24/04/2012
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    Compare and contrast the pluralist and elitist accounts of political power.

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    This essay has some good ideas but is chaotically organised - ironic, given that it is subheaded, usually an indication of a solid structure! Too many words are devoted to…

    • Essay length: 2151 words
    • Submitted: 19/06/2006
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Grace Thomas 24/04/2012
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    Critically discuss the links between social theory and social research.

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    There are some really good bits in this essay - but no coherent argument. I wasn't quite sure why certain bits were being introduced or what the overall answer to…

    • Essay length: 1250 words
    • Submitted: 06/04/2004
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Grace Thomas 24/04/2012

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  • Expound Durkheim's theory of anomie, bringing out the acute and chronic types. Evaluate Durkheim's view that the main source of the malaise of modern society lies in this phenomenon. How could it be minimised?

    "In conclusion, the idea of 'anomie' is still very much relevant today and is especially evident in modern society, where we are further separated and divided by computer technology, the Internet, increasing bureaucracy, and specialisation in the workplace. Perhaps more than ever before, members of Western society are exposed to the risk of anomie. However, much of Durkheim's ideas of anomie have been criticised and even Merton's theory has been criticised for assuming too much conformity and consensus along with an overly integrated view of society, and an over socialised view of people."

  • "Classical sociological theory has likttle relevance in understanding contemporary employment" - discuss

    "In conclusion, classical sociological theory still helps us to understand how best to deal with complex employment situations and how to re-order society to give the workforce more status and involvement. It must be noted, however, that there are limitations to the theories because of the way the workplace has changed since Marx and Durkheim's time. Their theories can be used as a basis for analysis, but not as definitive guides to understanding contemporary employment."

  • "Compare and evaluate Durkheim and Tonnies' accounts of social integration in modern societies"

    "In conclusion, both Tonnies and Durkheim present views on social integration within modern society, and they have both shown how social integration has adapted over time. Society has become increasingly diverse, and although this may mean that communities may have suffered as a result, and social integration may have weakened in some respects, it has also given rise to great freedom of expression and freedom of choice. Durkheim has displayed how individualism and solidarism are compatible and can both live along side each other, however he has also shown possible problems that may occour from this social situation. In a large city it would be impossible to say hello to every body as you walked down the street, and although Tonnies may argue that this reflects a decline in social integration, Durkheim may argue that this reflects an interdependent functioning society."

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