did any1 here sit the AS exam on monday?
what was on it (indiv. + society bit)
isn't this only for summer?!
worry about the exam on next monday first haha
sociology as a science? 40 marker??
ha! sociology a science as a 40marker is possible.
what else do u think could come up?
hey does any1 know what came up in the june 07 paper for theory and methods
i'm trying to come up with my predictions...
i think social policy could come up (and i really hope it does)
how many studies are you meant to mention in ur 40 mark eassay..roughly?
how did it go?
for me it went brilliantly, though i wanted sociology as a science, but i did value-freedom ,which was nice and easy....so how did everyone else find it?
I picked the observation question, I revised all of Marxism and Functionalism for nothing. But ohwell. I couldn't remember anything on Post Modernism so thats 10 marks down the drain.
i didnt understand that question, and wasnt to sure on what to write on the participant observation one, so i just left it.
It was ok not brilliant. post modernism was ok for me and I did value-freedom debate which was ok
Hello I'm not sure if you are doing the A2 or the AS THEORY and Method paper. Im sitting the A2 in June but its basically the same as the AS but more focus on the perspectives/theory rather than the methods.
So generally look at the following
1. Macro structuralist perspectives:
e.g.. Functionalism, Marxism, and Feminism
You will get a question basically wanting you to discuss structuralist perspectives, you need to look on the AQA website and try to identify these questions as examiners will try to trick you out by fabricating them.
Macro being the perspectives that look at larger groups.
They believe that reality exists outside the individual. Therefore believing that society and the institutions we are involved in shape our behavior. (An institution is place that enforces a set of rules and regulations.) Basically education, criminal justice system, religion...
Functionalism is a consensus theory
Marxism and feminism are conflict perspectives.
The section i have described above is mainly knowledge. For an essay i would take 5 separate points from the paragraph above.
With these five points you need to support them with an application.
Application is just giving examples so for a functionalist choose Durkhiem and his study of Suicide. He believed that suicide that may not be a totally individual personal response. Therefore he believes reality exists outside the individual and that people who commit suicide may choose to due to key factors in society influencing them to do so.
To be honest it depends how much detail you go into things.
i'm just trying to give a kind of outline.
After you have stated a knowledge point, the supported it with an example (application.)
You need to evaluate
Therefore you will use the micro perspective to criticize the macro.
Interactionists are micro sociologists
also known as social action theories
look at phenomenology as well they do not believe that reality exists outside the individual mind.
interactionists believe that people acted upon the responses given.
Support using Beckers labeling theory. Google it you will find loads on it
Then just write a final conclusion. Saying what strengths and weakness both perspectives have... e.g.. too deterministic. This is the "evaluation" section.
OK i've done one topic that could possibly come up on the exam and really not go into much detail. This on the A2 paper would be like a (40 marker essay) You really need to practice these essay questions. If you need anymore help (i know it is boring) because ive gone on and on. Feel free to message or ask for my email. It helps me to remember things and revise while i try my best to explain.
i can give you links to websites and suggest revision guides. Or give a list of possible topics that may come up.