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AS AQA Sociology Families + Households Watch

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    I have no idea how to structure 24 mark essays! I don't know what paragraphs to do especially for social policy?!
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    It totally depends upon the 24 marker, whether it's an Item question or not.
    My teacher told us NOT to do an intro for Item questions (someone correct me if I'm wrong)!!

    Let's pretend it isn't an Item question and it's an assess or examine question (something like that).

    You want to do this structure:

    •intro: DECODE THE QUESTION, explain the key concepts in the question. Introduce what it is that you're going to be discussing etc. Add a few facts etc.

    •paragraphs should be structured like this = PERC (Point, Explain, Research, Criticism {or support})!

    Do 4/5 main paragraphs!

    •conclusion: not really a summary but discuss which perspective is the best etc. Just make sure you do an outstanding conclusion!

    Done!


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    (Original post by Stassieb)
    It totally depends upon the 24 marker, whether it's an Item question or not.
    My teacher told us NOT to do an intro for Item questions (someone correct me if I'm wrong)!!

    Let's pretend it isn't an Item question and it's an assess or examine question (something like that).

    You want to do this structure:

    •intro: DECODE THE QUESTION, explain the key concepts in the question. Introduce what it is that you're going to be discussing etc. Add a few facts etc.

    •paragraphs should be structured like this = PERC (Point, Explain, Research, Criticism {or support})!

    Do 4/5 main paragraphs!

    •conclusion: not really a summary but discuss which perspective is the best etc. Just make sure you do an outstanding conclusion!

    Done!


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    Ok thank you! What would you put in them paragraphs though for social policy? Like how would you split up a the info?
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    (Original post by gemmax6x)
    Ok thank you! What would you put in them paragraphs though for social policy? Like how would you split up a the info?
    You can use a different social policy for each paragraph and the effect it has on family life; include sociologists to back up the argument.
    For social policy paragraphs you could use:
    -1969 divorce reform act (more choice for women to leave a potentially abusive relationship, more easily obtained and more socially acceptable to be divorced now, but shows little commitment to marriage and an easy way out-also shows a decline in the nuclear family (New Right)
    -1961 birth control pill (gives women a choice to have children or a career ~Wilkinson = genderquake shows women comparing having children to having a career, children can be expensive, relationship may not be right - don't want to stay with that person forever, allows women to enjoy their life before settling down
    -2014 Gay Marriage allows more diverse family types = postmodernists saying the family is more fluid (Bauman) and cannot be defined. The family decide how they want to be seen either through divorce or separation (Stacey). Gay marriage shows equality for everyone to allow homosexual couples to be joined by law and feel like part of society.
    -2004 Child Support Act shows absent parents to still care for their children (New Right favour this) still shows children gender roles and the absent parent is not excused from role as a parent within society.

    Hope that helps good luck!
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    (Original post by bmf97)
    You can use a different social policy for each paragraph and the effect it has on family life; include sociologists to back up the argument.
    For social policy paragraphs you could use:
    -1969 divorce reform act (more choice for women to leave a potentially abusive relationship, more easily obtained and more socially acceptable to be divorced now, but shows little commitment to marriage and an easy way out-also shows a decline in the nuclear family (New Right)
    -1961 birth control pill (gives women a choice to have children or a career ~Wilkinson = genderquake shows women comparing having children to having a career, children can be expensive, relationship may not be right - don't want to stay with that person forever, allows women to enjoy their life before settling down
    -2014 Gay Marriage allows more diverse family types = postmodernists saying the family is more fluid (Bauman) and cannot be defined. The family decide how they want to be seen either through divorce or separation (Stacey). Gay marriage shows equality for everyone to allow homosexual couples to be joined by law and feel like part of society.
    -2004 Child Support Act shows absent parents to still care for their children (New Right favour this) still shows children gender roles and the absent parent is not excused from role as a parent within society.

    Hope that helps good luck!
    Thank you so much this is so helpful!! I wasn't sure whether to do paragraphs say like one on policies, one on functionalist views, one on new right views etc and that was what was confusing me but you're way makes complete sense! Thankyou so much!
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    Well gemmax6x,

    From personal experience, I would say to.. skip this question.
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    (Original post by adoremorrissey)
    Well gemmax6x,

    From personal experience, I would say to.. skip this question.
    What? Why


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    Also, any ideas on how to structure on on childhood?
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    do you guys think that postmodernism will come up ? tbh you can't write much on there ..? I mean if the question was 'examine postmodernists view of the family'.. They like family diversity
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    (Original post by anilmg98)
    do you guys think that postmodernism will come up ? tbh you can't write much on there ..? I mean if the question was 'examine postmodernists view of the family'.. They like family diversity
    Most people are saying childhood, postmodernism or social policy! Yeah that's what I was thinking for postmodernists, I guess you just have to remember everything so that there's enough and use all the people!
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    You know I would put an intro in the Item questions.

    Try follow this structure- I could be wrong or there could be other ways but heres my advice

    P- POINT- make your point
    E- Evidece- Back the point up by a static/ Sociologist
    E- Explain, so what does this statistic show, what does Sociologist mean?
    A- Analyse- Therefore this means...
    L-LINK- Make an explicit link back to the question, bringing your paragraph together
    E- Evaluate- This is where you pick up the high marks so strengths and weaknesses

    So heres a past exam question on social policy
    Something like this.....How does social policy affect family life

    Point: Item B presents a New Right perspective on the effects of SP on family life, highlighting a negative view towards them saying "they make families less self reliant" (made up)

    Explain: The New Right believe that the "best" and ideal type of family is the traditional nuclear family with its division of labour as they are self reliant, but they argue that social polices namely generous welfare benefits undermine this self reliance .

    Example (explanation and example can be whatever order) For instance Murrey argues they give "perverse incentives" rewarding irresponsible behavior. He looks to benefits such as giving teenage mother council houses and generous payouts.

    Analysis: This has a negative effect because this encourage lone parent family, and they believe this is harmful to the family because parents cant socialise tehir children, discipline blah blah

    Link: Thus the NR believe SP have a negative effect on families as they make them more dependent on the state, and it could encourage family types like LP that can have an effect on its members

    Eval: But some feminists argue that lone parent families have a positive effect on families, making girls more dependent as they have a female role model

    Hope it helps, I could just be completely wrong lol


    With social polices, if its an asses question asking for the effects on family life then counter arguments would be positive effects and negatives to get that asses aspect about...I think
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    What is the difference between assess and examine
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    (Original post by Tj789)
    You know I would put an intro in the Item questions.

    Try follow this structure- I could be wrong or there could be other ways but heres my advice

    P- POINT- make your point
    E- Evidece- Back the point up by a static/ Sociologist
    E- Explain, so what does this statistic show, what does Sociologist mean?
    A- Analyse- Therefore this means...
    L-LINK- Make an explicit link back to the question, bringing your paragraph together
    E- Evaluate- This is where you pick up the high marks so strengths and weaknesses

    So heres a past exam question on social policy
    Something like this.....How does social policy affect family life

    Point: Item B presents a New Right perspective on the effects of SP on family life, highlighting a negative view towards them saying "they make families less self reliant" (made up)

    Explain: The New Right believe that the "best" and ideal type of family is the traditional nuclear family with its division of labour as they are self reliant, but they argue that social polices namely generous welfare benefits undermine this self reliance .

    Example (explanation and example can be whatever order) For instance Murrey argues they give "perverse incentives" rewarding irresponsible behavior. He looks to benefits such as giving teenage mother council houses and generous payouts.

    Analysis: This has a negative effect because this encourage lone parent family, and they believe this is harmful to the family because parents cant socialise tehir children, discipline blah blah

    Link: Thus the NR believe SP have a negative effect on families as they make them more dependent on the state, and it could encourage family types like LP that can have an effect on its members

    Eval: But some feminists argue that lone parent families have a positive effect on families, making girls more dependent as they have a female role model

    Hope it helps, I could just be completely wrong lol


    With social polices, if its an asses question asking for the effects on family life then counter arguments would be positive effects and negatives to get that asses aspect about...I think
    GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL YOU GENIUS :rolleyes:

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    (Original post by crazy2015)
    What is the difference between assess and examine
    Assess is using the source they give you (item B) to guide your argument. Requires use of sociologists and their studies

    Examine is basically giving all relevant information about the topic in question e.g.marriages. Can include sociologists and their studies

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    (Original post by thecatwithnohat)
    Assess is using the source they give you (item B) to guide your argument. Requires use of sociologists and their studies

    Examine is basically giving all relevant information about the topic in question e.g.marriages. Can include sociologists and their studies

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    so they are both very similar except in one you must use the item
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    (Original post by thecatwithnohat)
    GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL YOU GENIUS :rolleyes:

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    I wish. Have you got any more tips? Also I wanted to ask you know for 24 markers in the intro do you make your judgement or save it for the conc?
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    (Original post by thecatwithnohat)
    Assess is using the source they give you (item B) to guide your argument. Requires use of sociologists and their studies

    Examine is basically giving all relevant information about the topic in question e.g.marriages. Can include sociologists and their studies

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    You know how you have to come to a firm judgement- do you make your judgement in your into or save it for the conc?
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    (Original post by Tj789)
    You know how you have to come to a firm judgement- do you make your judgement in your into or save it for the conc?

    for the introduction i would mention both arguments for example '' some sociologists believe that there is greater family diversity because..whereas others such as..believe that we overexaggerate this as the nuclear family is still the norm".. in the conclusion i would conclude everything and then give one opinion about it.. so make a judgement in the conclusion
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    (Original post by gemmax6x)
    Most people are saying childhood, postmodernism or social policy! Yeah that's what I was thinking for postmodernists, I guess you just have to remember everything so that there's enough and use all the people!
    Actually its Feminism they are saying

    Post modernism came up in Jan 2013
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    Just out of interest, when was the last time a question on feminism came up? Could that be the 24 marker tomorrow?
 
 
 
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