Writing a sociology essay

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Guide to writing an AS Sociology essay

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  • 1. Writing a Sociology essay
  • 2.  Introduction  Main theory  Criticisms  Alternative theories/s  Conclusion  If the question asks you to use the item. Use it!
  • 3. Introduction  Re-state question  What are you going to write about?
  • 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. Alternative point/s  Views which disagree with the main point
  • 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. 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. 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. Alternative point/s  Marxism – how it differs from Functionalist views – examples  Feminism – How it differs from Functionalist views - examples
  • 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. Assess the Marxist contribution to our understanding of the family