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AQA A-level Sociology

Guys for paper 2, the outline and explain 10 markers, you know how A03 is analysis not evaluation, I've always struggled with doing analysis. What does it even mean and how would you go about analysing a question like this: Outline and explain two social policies or laws that have affected the position of children in the family (10)
Try watching this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqlYDeSmXH0&ab_channel=TheTEACHERSOCIOLOGY

And reading this, it helped me: https://www.tutor2u.net/sociology/reference/teaching-sociological-skills-analysis

Analysis for these 10 mark Qs is basically just showing how 2 diff topics (policies + childhood) affect each other. In the vid I shared, she says to analyse using 'CAGES' - identify the point, then think about how this affects social groups by class, age, gender, ethnicity, or sexuality. For instance, this is asking how these policies have 'affected' the position of children; so you would say both a positive and negative effect, and link it to the CAGES if possible

For this question, I'd say this:

One policy/law is the establishment of mandatory education/schooling

alongside other policies (such as child labour laws), this has led to children becoming a 'economic burden' rather than an 'economic asset', i.e. they are dependent on parents for longer because they can no longer support themselves financially

this has led to smaller family sizes/less children

may positively impact children because the family is more 'child-centred': parents spend more money on children now, and more time with them

but this child-centredness may be limited for working class children, who being unable to work may be more likely to live in poverty; or the idea that girls are subjected to greater control by parents, and may have a less positive experience of childhood (i got this from the video!)


One policy/law is the development of the welfare state (1944)

alongside other policies, this has been a factor in the increased ageing population in the UK

has affected the position of childhood firstly in a positive way because grandparents may be able to assist with childcare, but may also negatively because of the 'sandwich generation' - parents may have to choose between caring for their elderly parents and their own children, which may lead to children spending less time w their own parents, etc (I hope this point makes sense!). This may affect young girls more than boys who may be expected to spend more time in the home helping to care for elderly grandparents.


Make sure to always link it back to the policy though, so it doesn't just look like you're rambling! I really hope this makes sense!
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Original post by helenadenise
Try watching this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqlYDeSmXH0&ab_channel=TheTEACHERSOCIOLOGY
And reading this, it helped me: https://www.tutor2u.net/sociology/reference/teaching-sociological-skills-analysis
Analysis for these 10 mark Qs is basically just showing how 2 diff topics (policies + childhood) affect each other. In the vid I shared, she says to analyse using 'CAGES' - identify the point, then think about how this affects social groups by class, age, gender, ethnicity, or sexuality. For instance, this is asking how these policies have 'affected' the position of children; so you would say both a positive and negative effect, and link it to the CAGES if possible
For this question, I'd say this:
One policy/law is the establishment of mandatory education/schooling

alongside other policies (such as child labour laws), this has led to children becoming a 'economic burden' rather than an 'economic asset', i.e. they are dependent on parents for longer because they can no longer support themselves financially

this has led to smaller family sizes/less children

may positively impact children because the family is more 'child-centred': parents spend more money on children now, and more time with them

but this child-centredness may be limited for working class children, who being unable to work may be more likely to live in poverty; or the idea that girls are subjected to greater control by parents, and may have a less positive experience of childhood (i got this from the video!)


One policy/law is the development of the welfare state (1944)

alongside other policies, this has been a factor in the increased ageing population in the UK

has affected the position of childhood firstly in a positive way because grandparents may be able to assist with childcare, but may also negatively because of the 'sandwich generation' - parents may have to choose between caring for their elderly parents and their own children, which may lead to children spending less time w their own parents, etc (I hope this point makes sense!). This may affect young girls more than boys who may be expected to spend more time in the home helping to care for elderly grandparents.


Make sure to always link it back to the policy though, so it doesn't just look like you're rambling! I really hope this makes sense!

omg this helped so much tysm!!

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