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Help with Access Sociology assignment brief/outline? watch

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    I've taken the Access course previously but didn't complete it the first time around, and didn't seem to have too much troubling achieving distinctions. However, this is my first time taking sociology as a subject and the scientific approach of it is throwing me off a little bit (I'm used to doing arts-based subjects such as English and cultural studies).

    Our brief is:
    "In no less than 700 words choose an episode in your life where you have experienced a change in role and status. Critically evaluate how this change of role or status affected a period of socialisation + 300 words critique the previous 700 words with quantitative and qualitative evaluation."

    I think it's the first part of the assignment that's throwing me off the most because I'm not quite sure how to start to write a "scenario" and how to link this in with everything that has to be included. It says we have to provide key characteristics of the roles and status changes as well as link the norms expected of you by society and values that underpin the norms, considering role conflicts and/or strains that may happen. As for the critique, we have to provide both a qualitative and quantitative evaluation linking to structuralism and interactionalism e.g. strengths and weaknesses, micro/macro approach.

    I was just wondering whether anybody could provide any examples or provide any information that may help to understand this better? Sociology has been rough going for me so far and I'm struggling to understand it. Also, what should I include to attain a distinction or at least merit? I need at least 30 distinctions and 15 merits to get into the course I want to do at uni so this is also a worry.


    Use getting a promotion in the workplace as an example. How did people change their behaviour towards you (colleagues who used to be on the same role, management etc).

    There's loads on the social implications of promotion via a google search. Just link everything you say to social theory and the question overall.
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