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My sociology teacher taught me and my class that at the start of an essay question you should brainstorm all the different key terms and theories which are associated with the question. After that you should define the key term in the question. E.g for the question 'Discuss how far sociologists would agree that changing social attitudes are the main reason for changes in the divorce rate over the past 50 years' you'd define marriage. You would then do one section of your essay which is agreeing with the statement which was included in the question while using the key terms you wrote earlier to help yourself structure your answer. You should always try to include any theories you can in your paragraphs, for this question you could say that feminism has reduced the social stigma attached to women who get divorces as in the past people who got divorces would often be ostracized. After this you should write a paragraph which is disagreeing with the question while still using the key terms you wrote at the start to help yourself structure your answer. For this question you could talk about changes in the legal aspects on marriage. You could mention that the 1971 the Divorce Reform Act broadly widened the grounds for which a partner could file a divorce over after a total of two years of marriage and that the 1984 Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act changed this to only 1 year. You may also be able to link this to the theory of functionalism as they believe that society functions for the good of everybody in society and these laws apply to everybody in society helping them to get divorces. After this you would do a conclusion which addresses the 'how far' part of the question by debating in the question which one of the factors is the biggest cause of the increase in divorce in the last 50 years.
Thank you so much, I understand it much better as you said it in a much simpler form. Another question is how many theorists should I include? And should I put as much as I can, keeping in mind I have roughly 25 minutes to complete one of the essays?