Writing a Sociology
essay
 Introduction
 Main theory
 Criticisms
 Alternative theories/s
 Conclusion
 If the question asks you to use the item...
Introduction
 Re-state question
 What are you going to write about?
Main point
 The main theory you are being asked to look at
 Key names within the theory you are looking at
 Key words/t...
Alternative point/s
 Views which disagree with the main point
Conclusion
 Summarise your essay
 Don’t write ‘the theory I most agree with is…’
 There is nothing in the mark scheme g...
Using material from item A and elsewhere, assess the
contribution of functionalism to our understanding of
families and ho...
Main point
 What Functionalists think
 Differences between Murdock and Parsons
 Use Item
 Key terms (nuclear family, f...
Alternative point/s
 Marxism – how it differs from Functionalist
views – examples
 Feminism – How it differs from Functi...
Conclusion
 In answering the question ‘assess etc….
Functionalists think …. But this view is
contradicted by the views of...
Assess the Marxist contribution to
our understanding of the family
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  1. 1. Writing a Sociology essay
  2. 2.  Introduction  Main theory  Criticisms  Alternative theories/s  Conclusion  If the question asks you to use the item. Use it!
  3. 3. Introduction  Re-state question  What are you going to write about?
  4. 4. Main point  The main theory you are being asked to look at  Key names within the theory you are looking at  Key words/terminology  Criticisms
  5. 5. Alternative point/s  Views which disagree with the main point
  6. 6. Conclusion  Summarise your essay  Don’t write ‘the theory I most agree with is…’  There is nothing in the mark scheme giving credit for your personal opinions
  7. 7. Using material from item A and elsewhere, assess the contribution of functionalism to our understanding of families and households  In this essay I will examine the contribution of Functionalist theorists such as Talcott Parsons and George Murdock and also examine opposing theories such as Marxism and Feminism.
  8. 8. Main point  What Functionalists think  Differences between Murdock and Parsons  Use Item  Key terms (nuclear family, functional fit, organic analogy, norms, values etc..)  Criticisms – Ignores diversity, assumes family is always good etc..
  9. 9. Alternative point/s  Marxism – how it differs from Functionalist views – examples  Feminism – How it differs from Functionalist views - examples
  10. 10. Conclusion  In answering the question ‘assess etc…. Functionalists think …. But this view is contradicted by the views of Feminists and Marxists who think ….
  11. 11. Assess the Marxist contribution to our understanding of the family
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