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  • 1. Social Policy & The Family Miss Russell Bilton School
  • 2. DIRT Look at your essay and reflect on your feedback. What could you do to improve your overall essay performance? Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 3. Think, Pair, Share… • What do we mean by social policy? • Give examples... Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 4. Thinking Ladder… To & what is social policy. To cross cultural examples of Social Policy. To the effects of cross cultural social policy on the family.
  • 5. How will I know if I am learning? By the end of the lesson… E Will be able to define social policy. C Will be able to explain examples of cross cultural family policy. A Will be able to explain the effects of social policy from cross cultural examples.
  • 6. What do you already know? As a class mind map what you already know about the topic of family social policy. One person should lead! Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 7. What is Social Policy? • Plans or actions set out by the government. • Most social policies affect families in some way Directly Indirectly Divorce law Charlotte Russell Adoption Compulsory Education Tax Law Bilton School
  • 8. Task Make a list of all the different social policies you can think of which might affect the family… Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 9. Policies That Effect Families In Britain • Tax – – Married Couples Tax Allowance (The married get taxed less) • Benefits – – Child Benefit – Working Families Tax Credits (for low income families) • Laws – – – – – – – – Homosexual ‘Civil Partnerships’ Divorce Laws (harder/easier to divorce) Age of consent to sex and marriage Abortion Contraception Maternity and Paternity leave Education policies Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 10. Task • Choose one social policy – Explain how it might affect the family • What types of family types would this policy effect? • Would this policy create any family types? • What are the positive impacts of this policy (on individual families and on society?) • What are the negative impacts of this policy (on individual families and on society?) Stretch and challenge: which perspectives would support this policy and which perspectives would disagree with this policy? Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 11. Task: Is all social policy good for the family? Do you think it has a major influence? Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 12. Extreme Social Policy Cross cultural examples from different societies can show us some extreme ways in which policies can affect family life. Read the examples on page 81. How does each policy affect the family positively? How does each policy affect the family negatively? What would each of the sociological perspectives say about them? Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 13. China’s one child policy • Wilson (1985) the policy is supervised by workplaces –women must seek permission in order to get pregnant and are sometimes put on a waiting list. • If you comply you get extra benefits eg: free child healthcare and a priority in education. • If you break the agreement you will be fined. Women face pressure to be sterilised after their first child. Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 14. Abolishing the family • This happened after the Russian revolution of 1917. It was influenced by Marxism. • The Soviet government did not want the pre-revolution patriarchal family structure. It was seen as an obstacle to equal socialist state. • Soviet government changed abortion and divorce law to make it really easy. • Women could work and the state provided childcare and nurseries • It thought the traditional family would wither away. Why? • The Russians ended up rapidly industrialising, making divorce and abortion illegal and giving out awards to hero mums. Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 15. Nazi Family Policy • It encouraged the supposedly ‘racially pure’ to breed a ‘master race’ (restricted abortion and contraception) • Official policy sought to keep women out of the workforce and confine them to ‘CHILDREN, KITCHEN AND CHURCH’. So that they could perform their biological role. • Sterilised 375,000 disabled people, murdered Jews. Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 16. Create your own family policy. • You are in charge of England what policies would you create for the family and why? • Summarise in no more than 150 words. Explain all your decisions? Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 17. To Finish… Social policy affects the family… Complete the sentence in no more than 100 words. Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 18. Learning Journal 1) Heading: Today’s Date, Unit & Topic 2) Write a summary of your learning today in less than 100 words. What have you learned ? 3) Considering what you have written in stage 2, which of the success criteria have you met? Write down them down along with the grade! Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 19. Thinking Ladder… To & what each of the perspectives say about family policy. To each perspective’s view on social policy. To your knowledge to a a…
  • 20. How will I know if I am learning? By the end of the lesson… E Will be able to describe what each of the perspectives say about social policy. C Will be able to evaluate each perspective’s view on social policy. A Will be able to apply knowledge on perspectives to specific social policies.
  • 21. DIRT Look at your essay and reflect on your feedback. What could you do to improve your overall essay performance? Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 22. To Start.. Which perspectives would be the most positive towards social policies? Why? Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 23. Social Policy Superheroes… Use pages 83-86 in the book to create a Social Policy Superhero for each perspective: 1) Give each superhero a name! Make sure it’s clear which perspective they are! 2) Summarise what they say about family social policy in 50-100 words. 3) Summarise their good points and bad points. What is good and bad about point of view on social policy? Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 24. Research & Application Task: Pairs! Research into 2 social policies in place in the UK: •Divorce • marriage • maternity/paternity leave • welfare • domestic violence • children act •working families tax credit • child support agency • council housing policy • adoption Create a presentation which answers the following: 1) In what year was the policy implemented? 2) What was it’s purpose? 3) What was it’s impact on the family? Was is successful? Why? 4) What would each of the sociological perspectives say about it? Print out 2 copies of your slides (handout form) and hand it into Miss at the end! Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 25. Mind Map! Create a mind map on everything you know already about social policy. It must include: 1) Examples of Social Policies 2) Effects of social policies on the family. Can you use a specific social policy to illustrate? 3) What each of the perspectives would say? 4) Strengths and weaknesses of perspectives. Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 26. Mind Map Transformation.. Now walk around the classroom and look at each others mind maps. What can you add? Make a note of what you can add and which mind map is should be added to. Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 27. Debate “Social policies are important to the family as they improve the quality of family life.” You’ve each been allocated a perspective. Prepare for the debate by noting down: 1) Information about your sociological position 2) Policies that support your position/you approve of 3) Policies that can be used to challenge your view and your response to them. Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 28. To Finish: What can social policy tell us about the nature of the family? Individual answers on a post it note! Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 29. Learning Journal 1) Heading: Today’s Date, Unit & Topic 2) Write a summary of your learning today in less than 100 words. What have you learned ? 3) Considering what you have written in stage 2, which of the success criteria have you met? Write down them down along with the grade! Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 30. To Start… New Right versus New Labour… What do they say about social policy? Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 31. Thinking Ladder… To & what to include in an essay on social policy. To your knowledge to a practice exam question. To an example 24 mark essay on social policy.
  • 32. How will I know if I am learning? By the end of the lesson… E Will be able to describe what should be included in a social policy essay. C Will be able to explain what a good answer looks like. A Will be able to apply knowledge to an exam question.
  • 33. Exam Questions… Examine the ways in which laws and social policies affect family life (24 marks) Where do you start? Brainstorm all the things you could include in this essay… Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 34. Essay Question Help… Examine the ways in which laws and social policies affect family life (24 marks) 1) What are all the laws and policies you could consider? 2) How might the policies affect rights, duties and positions of different family members? Think couples, parents, children, extended family members… 3) How do they support/undermine different families? 4) How do policies affect families in different countries? 5) What policies can you use as evidence? 6) How do different perspectives view these policies and how do the perspectives compare and contrast? Charlotte Russell Now plan out the essay using the writing frame… Bilton School
  • 35. Essay Question Help… Examine the ways in which laws and social policies affect family life (24 marks) Swap your essay plan with another group.. Note down: 1) What have they done well? Something you could use in your essay? 2) What could they add to make it even better...? Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 36. Exemplar Answer… Look at the example answer… What’s good about it? What mark would you give it and why? Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 37. Suggested Plan • Paragraph 1 – discuss a policy (e.g. Welfare benefits.) – Then discuss how the policy affects the family according to functionalists and the new right. – Criticise the new right view. • Paragraph 2: – discuss a policy (e.g. Divorce laws.) – Then discuss how the policy affects the family (e.g. Decline in divorce, more single parent families etc.) – Discuss how different perspectives see divorce laws (e.g. The New Right/Feminism.) • Continue with this structure. REMEMBER TO SHOW HOW THE LAW/POLICY AFFECTS FAMILY LIFE. Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 38. Mark Scheme 0 No relevant points 1-9 Answers in this band will show only limited knowledge and understanding and show limited success in interpreting and applying material to meet the requirements of the question. 10-18 Answers in this band will show reasonable knowledge and understanding and will show reasonable success in interpreting, applying, analysing and evaluating material to meet the requirements of the question. 19-24 Answers in this band will show sound, conceptually detailed knowledge and understanding of sociological material. This will be accurately and sensitively interpreted to meet the demands of the question. The candidate will show the ability to organise material and to analyse and/or evaluate it explicitly so as to produce a coherent and relevant answer. Concepts and issues, analysis and evaluation may be developed, for instance through international comparisons, or locating the account within a theoretical framework Charlotte Russell Bilton School
  • 39. Homework Examine the ways in which laws and social policies affect family life (24 marks) To be handed in next Thursday. Try and use the writing frame to help you! Charlotte Russell Bilton School