Is citing dates important when referencing theorists?

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Hey guys I am independently studying AS & A2 Sociology and have no guidance from teachers/tutors.

How important is mentioning the dates of theories? For example, if I'm referencing or quoting Parsons, would I have to include "1951"?

I know discussing theories is crucial, but how many theorists would I need to include in the 24-mark essays (Families & Households, Unit 1)? I'm aiming for an A and need some advice. Thanks.
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Hey guys I am independently studying AS & A2 Sociology and have no guidance from teachers/tutors.

How important is mentioning the dates of theories? For example, if I'm referencing or quoting Parsons, would I have to include "1951"?

I know discussing theories is crucial, but how many theorists would I need to include in the 24-mark essays (Families & Households, Unit 1)? I'm aiming for an A and need some advice. Thanks.
Hi, I did Families and Households and Education at AS and didn't mention the dates. I got 100% in the former, so I don't think it's necessary I wouldn't be able to put a number on the amount of theorists you should put in a 24 marker. I think a good way to get a top grade is if you make sure you locate your answer between different perspectives. Then, conclude with which one you agree with, making sure it flows naturally from you previous argument, of course.
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Hi, I did Families and Households and Education at AS and didn't mention the dates. I got 100% in the former, so I don't think it's necessary I wouldn't be able to put a number on the amount of theorists you should put in a 24 marker. I think a good way to get a top grade is if you make sure you locate your answer between different perspectives. Then, conclude with which one you agree with, making sure it flows naturally from you previous argument, of course.
Thanks for replying. Would it be okay to just use the second name of the theorist? How important are quotes? And would you advise against revising for one topic per unit? I'm revising for Families & Households, only touched on Poverty/Welfare briefly and studied the basics for Culture & Identity.
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Thanks for replying. Would it be okay to just use the second name of the theorist? How important are quotes? And would you advise against revising for one topic per unit? I'm revising for Families & Households, only touched on Poverty/Welfare briefly and studied the basics for Culture & Identity.
Yes, just the second name is fine. I don't know about quotes, there's nothing wrong with including them, I guess. Just make sure you get the theorist's idea. You're only supposed to answer one section in the exam. You're not supposed to be revising for more than one section. So stick with Families and Households
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