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I have chosen to complete an EPQ for my enrichment programme, however I'm struggling to think of a topic or question to write about. I'm looking to study criminology and sociology at university in 2019 and am currently studying biology, psychology and religious studies (which includes ethics, Hinduism and philosophy). Due to this, I would like to link my EPQ to psychology and religious studies, preferably a controversial topic as this would be interesting.
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I have chosen to complete an EPQ for my enrichment programme, however I'm struggling to think of a topic or question to write about. I'm looking to study criminology and sociology at university in 2019 and am currently studying biology, psychology and religious studies (which includes ethics, Hinduism and philosophy). Due to this, I would like to link my EPQ to psychology and religious studies, preferably a controversial topic as this would be interesting.
Why not try doing an EP on methods of punishment? Perhaps the death penalty, for example. You can tie in the views of different religions towards crime and punishment, and look at what impacts different methods of punishment have on mental health and reoffending rates.
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Why not try doing an EP on methods of punishment? Perhaps the death penalty, for example. You can tie in the views of different religions towards crime and punishment, and look at what impacts different methods of punishment have on mental health and reoffending rates.
This is such a good idea and I could probably find a lot of resources for this topic, THANK YOUUU
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This is such a good idea and I could probably find a lot of resources for this topic, THANK YOUUU
Just make sure it is specific and not just ‘methods of punishment’. I would come up with one main title question e.g. Should the UK reintroduce the death penalty?

Then come up with several sub topics to explore in detail, i.e.
1. Current punishments
2. How does the method work? (If you do death penalty, lethal injections could tie into your biology)
3. Advantages
4. Disadvantages
5. Alternative punishments

I would leave the views of different religions etc. until your discussion/evaluation.
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Just make sure it is specific and not just ‘methods of punishment’. I would come up with one main title question e.g. Should the UK reintroduce the death penalty?

Then come up with several sub topics to explore in detail, i.e.
1. Current punishments
2. How does the method work? (If you do death penalty, lethal injections could tie into your biology)
3. Advantages
4. Disadvantages
5. Alternative punishments

I would leave the views of different religions etc. until your discussion/evaluation.
Would I write the discussion/evaluation at the very end or at the end of each paragraph??
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Would I write the discussion/evaluation at the very end or at the end of each paragraph??
I only know how to do it the way I was taught when I did my EPQ, so I might not be right for your exam board or the way you have been taught it. The discussion and evaluation were separate sections if the project.

Are you receving lessons from your sixth form/college about how to write your EP?
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You could do religious studies by talking about religion in the older days (pick a time frame) and today, compare it by talking about influences and why it has changed. Could talk about the psychological effects of how some people think that they can see ghosts or how some people are extremists whereas other are only following a religion because their family does.

If you wanted to be a bit more on the sociology side, you could explore religion and how opinions have differed as a result of development and cultures and social classes.

Yeah like people said above, the punishment is a good one but can be overdone.

Or do a case study on someone who follows a religion and someone who doesn’t. Compare their mental health, opinions and things like that. Could title it ‘does following a religion make us more moral?’ Or something
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I only know how to do it the way I was taught when I did my EPQ, so I might not be right for your exam board or the way you have been taught it. The discussion and evaluation were separate sections if the project.

Are you receving lessons from your sixth form/college about how to write your EP?
My sixth form isn't teaching us how to write an EPQ, but they have advised us to sign up to the Southampton university EPQ course which involves eight 1 hour sessions. Our exam board is AQA
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You could do religious studies by talking about religion in the older days (pick a time frame) and today, compare it by talking about influences and why it has changed. Could talk about the psychological effects of how some people think that they can see ghosts or how some people are extremists whereas other are only following a religion because their family does.

If you wanted to be a bit more on the sociology side, you could explore religion and how opinions have differed as a result of development and cultures and social classes.

Yeah like people said above, the punishment is a good one but can be overdone.

Or do a case study on someone who follows a religion and someone who doesn’t. Compare their mental health, opinions and things like that. Could title it ‘does following a religion make us more moral?’ Or something
This is another great idea! I love the sound of the case study topic and it'd be right up my street. Thank you for the insight 😊
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