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Four topics

Each topic has 11 questions, starting with two 1 mark multiple                choice questions, seven short answer questions - marks no higher than 4 - and two                mini 12 mark essays.

All questions are compulsory.

Two question papers, each worth 50%, max 100 marks.

Six topics

The Understanding Social Processes question paper has 22                questions and the Understanding Social Structures paper has 24 questions. These are                a mix of short answer, structured questions and extended writing questions.

All questions are compulsory.

Two question papers, each worth 50% max 100 marks.

Sociological research methods
  • Research design
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Different types of data Primary and secondary sources
  • Interpretation of data
  • Practical issues Ethical issues.

There is no separate section of questions on research methods,                this content is assessed within the four main topic areas.

Families
  • Functions of families
  • Family forms
  • Conjugal role relationships
  • Changing relationships within families
  • Criticisms of families
  • Divorce.
Sociological research methods
  • Usefulness of different types of data
  • Methods of research
  • Sampling processes
  • Practical issues affecting research
  • Ethical issues affecting research.
Applied methods of sociological enquiry
  • The process of research design
  • Interpreting data.

NB There are three standalone questions on research methods on                Paper 1, including a 12 mark essay. There are also three standalone questions on                Paper 2 on applied methods of sociological enquiry.

Understanding social processes
  • Key sociological concepts
  • Debates over the acquisition of identity
  • Family diversity and different family forms in the UK and in a global context
  • Social changes and family structures
  • Social changes and family relationships
  • Sociological theories of the role of the family
  • Criticisms of families.
Education
  • Roles and functions of education
  • The relationship between education and capitalism
  • Educational achievement
  • Processes within schools.
Sociological theories of the role of education
  • Processes inside schools
  • Patterns of educational achievement
  • Factors affecting educational achievement.
Crime and deviance
  • The social construction of crime and deviance
  • Social control
  • Criminal and deviant behaviour
  • Data on crime.
Crime and deviance
  • Social construction of concepts of crime and deviance
  • Social control
  • Patterns of criminal and deviant behaviour
  • Sociological theories and explanations of deviance and criminal behaviour                    (structural, subcultural, interactionist and feminist)
  • Sources of data on crime
Social stratification
  • Functionalist theory of stratification
  • Socio-economic class
  • Life chances
  • Poverty as a social issue
  • Power and authority
  • Power relationships.
Social differentiation and stratification
  • Sociological theories of stratification
  • Different forms and sources of power and authority
  • Equality/inequality in relation to class, gender, ethnicity, ag, disability                    and sexuality
  • Factors which may influence access to life chances and power
  • Poverty as a social issue.

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