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Hi!

Basically I was wondering if any a2 students would like to basically study together? I for one dislike unit 3 beliefs in society so would love to create a study group where we teach and help each other?

So depending on how many would like to do it we could go through each topic and teach each other? We often do this in History and I find it a good way to learn.

So let's say we would study sociological perspectives on religion :

One person teachers is on Marxism with studies ect, the next with functionalist ( get the idea )


So is anyone interested in doing this? , we could do this once a week on the forum? ! as a2 is not easy but I think. If we could help each other our subject knowledge would be great.


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Hi!

Basically I was wondering if any a2 students would like to basically study together? I for one dislike unit 3 beliefs in society so would love to create a study group where we teach and help each other?

So depending on how many would like to do it we could go through each topic and teach each other? We often do this in History and I find it a good way to learn.

So let's say we would study sociological perspectives on religion :

One person teachers is on Marxism with studies ect, the next with functionalist ( get the idea )


So is anyone interested in doing this? , we could do this once a week on the forum? ! as a2 is not easy but I think. If we could help each other our subject knowledge would be great.


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yeah it sounds great i'm in
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I hate this topic too


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Hey everyone, does anyone want to join us? It may seem geeky but this topic is very hard so its worth it.:cool:
Are there any days that suit you two?
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I acutally want to become a teacher so i guess this why i'm very organised

The content i hope we can cover by hopefully February:

The specification breakdown.
The relationship between religious beliefs and social change and stability

· Functionalism: conservative force, inhibition of change, collective conscience,
Durkheim and totemism, anomie; civil religions
· Marxism: religion as ideology, legitimating social inequality, disguising exploitation
etc
· Weber: religion as a force for social change: theodicies, the Protestant ethic
· Neo-Marxism: religion used by those opposing the ruling class, liberation theology
· Feminism: religious beliefs supporting patriarchy
· Fundamentalist beliefs: rejecting change by reverting to supposed traditional
values and practices.

Religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and
New Age movements, and their relationship to religious and spiritual belief and
practice

· Typologies of religious organisations: churches, denominations, sects and cults,
with examples of each New Religious Movements and typologies of NRMs eg world
rejecting/accommodating/affirming; millenarian beliefs, with examples of each
· New Age movements and spirituality, with examples
· The relationship of these organisations to religious and spiritual belief and
practice.

The relationship between different social groups and religious/spiritual
organisations and movements, beliefs and practices

· Reasons why people join NRMs, NAMs and other organisations
· Gender and religion: women: women’s greater participation, women in religious
organisations including NRMs; men’s participation and organisational roles in
religions; sexuality and religion; images of gender in religions
· Ethnicity and religion: religion and ethnic identity; religion in migrant communities;
religions and minority ethnic groups in the UK today
· Age and religion: religious participation and belief by age group; religious
socialisation
· Social class and religion: religious participation and belief by social class.

The significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world, including
the nature and extent of secularisation in a global context

· Globalisation and belief systems, including fundamentalism
· Postmodernity: end of meta-narratives, ‘spiritual shopping’
· Secularisation: problems of definition and measurement; aspects of secularisation
such as disengagement, rationalisation, rise of pluralism/diversity, desacralisation,
disenchantment, individuation
· Arguments and evidence for and against secularisation eg attendance and
membership; believing without belonging; the secularisation cycle theory and
compensators (Stark and Bainbridge); UK compared with other countries (eg
USA) and global significance of religion today.



Different theories of ideology, science and religion, including both Christian
and non-Christian religious traditions

· Theories of ideology: Marxist, neo-Marxist, pluralist and feminist accounts;
hegemony
· Theories of science: the social construction of knowledge; political, social and
economic contexts of science; theory and observation; falsification; paradigms
· Theories of religion: Functionalist, Marxist, neo-Marxist and feminist.

I think a good starting point is looking at definitions of religion and sociological studies that support these different definitions.

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Substantive, Functional, Social constructionalist, and polycentric. I made notes on these in class but i think its a good starting point.


What do you all say?
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Hey Guys, is it ok if I join? Really struggling with beliefs in society, I find it mind numbingly boring! I wish we could do Mass Media!
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Hey Guys, is it ok if I join? Really struggling with beliefs in society, I find it mind numbingly boring! I wish we could do Mass Media!
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I hate this topic too


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Hey, the more the better! So what date is best for us to have this study group? What we could do is arrange a topic and do it so we all make notes on an certain area and then put them together/ teach each other and ask eah other questions we are unsure of.
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Substantive definition of religion is the belief in supernatural or God. They show that there is a clear line between what is a religion - one that believes in a God - what is not. However this casts out religions that don't have a belief in God like Hinduism.

I think that's right anyway!
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Substantive definition of religion is the belief in supernatural or God. They show that there is a clear line between what is a religion - one that believes in a God - what is not. However this casts out religions that don't have a belief in God like Hinduism.
You're on the right track, but substantive definitions are a lot wider in scope; while they focus, as you say, on the beliefs and behaviours that mark something out as "uniquely religious" it's not just a case of "believing in God" (or gods or the supernatural - you can, for example, have beliefs about the supernatural that don't necessarily involve "God"). It certainly doesn't exclude Hinduism; while this is a very complex type of religion it does include conceptions of god/s.

In general what you should focus on in terms of substantive definitions is religion as a particular belief system that has certain elements we can define as unique, such as:

1. Distinction between sacred and profane - this seems to be uniquely religious.

2. Codes of values with a sacred origin (such as the 10 Commandments given to Moses by God).

3. Communication with the supernatural (through various mechanisms, from prayer to ritual).
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Hi!

Basically I was wondering if any a2 students would like to basically study together? I for one dislike unit 3 beliefs in society so would love to create a study group where we teach and help each other?

So depending on how many would like to do it we could go through each topic and teach each other? We often do this in History and I find it a good way to learn.

So let's say we would study sociological perspectives on religion :

One person teachers is on Marxism with studies ect, the next with functionalist ( get the idea )


So is anyone interested in doing this? , we could do this once a week on the forum? ! as a2 is not easy but I think. If we could help each other our subject knowledge would be great.


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That sounds a great idea, would you mind if I join in?
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That sounds a great idea, would you mind if I join in?
Yeah please! no one seems or respond though? So when can we start?


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https://dub117.mail.live.com/default...0&n=1363317800

Hey all! i did this unit in the summer and came out with 80/80 and did well in the deviance paper (a* overall) so id like to help

the above link is helpful. ill post more revision stuff
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id love to join!
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I took A level sociology last year with AS+A2 in one year. Would be more then happy to give you guys a hand if you need help or slides or essay tips. Drop me a mail or post here :-)
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Has anyone got the LT'S Grid sheets for unit 3 and unit 4 aqa, if so can you post them because they were really helpful

They were originally posted by "RandomPeopleDancin", if that helps
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That sounds a great idea, would you mind if I join in?
Me 2?

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Yeah please! no one seems or respond though? So when can we start?


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I haven't revised within a study group before, so this is my first time.

I did do some revision notes and I know I did promise to scan it, the summary for sociological perspectives on crime and beliefs in society will be uploaded soon.

Sorry for any delay, as I have got so many homework and reading to do for Psychology.

Thanks.
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Hi, so how does Wednesday next week seem? Perhaps we do 4.15pm till 5.30? if so please respond so I can allocate what each person looks at, then we teach other what we looked at!


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Hi, so how does Wednesday next week seem? Perhaps we do 4.15pm till 5.30? if so please respond so I can allocate what each person looks at, then we teach other what we looked at!


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