SCLY4 Crime and deviance with theory and
methods (in context!) Exam Questions
The exam format will be
21 mark essay on cri...
Crime and deviance essays
21 mark short essays
Pre 2008 Essay Questions
1) Assess the usefulness of subcultural theories i...
Post-2008 21 mark Questions
Jan 10: Using material from Item A and elsewhere, assess the view that ethnic differences in c...
New Exemplar: Using material from Item C and elsewhere, assess the strengths and limitations of
covert participant observa...
Sociology cannot and should not be a science..
To what extent do sociological arguments and evidence support this view? (3...
Sociology cannot and should not be a science..
To what extent do sociological arguments and evidence support this view? (3...
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  1. 1. SCLY4 Crime and deviance with theory and methods (in context!) Exam Questions The exam format will be 21 mark essay on crime – 30 minutes 21 mark essay on crime – 30 minutes 15 mark “methods in context” question – 20 minutes 33 mark Theory and Methods essay – 40 minutes Things to remember: 1) Always ensure that you DECONSTRUCT the question – make sure you know what you’re being asked to do. 2) Make your paragraphs effective – use PERC (point, evidence, reference, criticism) to keep them focused. 3) Use the words from the question in your answer eg “another way of understanding criminal statistics is……” etc – it’ll help you to keep focused on the question that you’re answering (and not the one you’d like to answer!). 4) Always make your introductions effective – use them to identify and define key terms, identify the perspective that the question is coming from or identify issues to discuss in the body of the essay. 5) Make your conclusions effective – reflect on the question and make sure you’ve answered ALL of it. 6) Don’t forget to put the methods in context in the 15 mark question – it’s about how THAT method applies to THAT issue. 7) Be synoptic – use examples from family, education and any other RELEVANT sociology. We do the crime and deviance with theory and methods section – answer the correct questions! 1
  2. 2. Crime and deviance essays 21 mark short essays Pre 2008 Essay Questions 1) Assess the usefulness of subcultural theories in understanding crime and deviance 2) Assess the usefulness of consensus approaches such as functionalism in explaining the causes and the extent of deviance in society. 3) Using material from Item A and elsewhere, assess the usefulness of Marxist approaches to an understanding of crime and deviance. 4) Assess sociological explanations of gender differences in rates of crime and deviance. 5) Using material from Item A and elsewhere, examine some of the ways in which functionalists have tried to explain different types and patterns of crime and deviance. 6) Deviance is the result of the social background of the deviant, rather than of the actions of social control agencies." Assess this view. 7) Assess the usefulness of conflict theories for an understanding of crime and deviance. 8) "Since the mid-1950s, the number of recorded crimes in England and Wales has risen from about half a million a year to around 5 million today." Assess sociological explanations of the increase in recorded crime in the last 50 years. 9) Assess sociological explanations of gender differences in patterns of offending, victimisation and punishment. 10) Assess the view that delinquent subcultures are the main cause of crime. 11) Assess sociological explanations of social class difference in crime rates 12) Crime and deviance are the result of a strain between the goal of “money success” and the socially approved means of achieving it. Assess this view. 13) Critically examine the contribution of studies of suicide to a sociological understanding of Deviance in society. 14) Assess the suggestion that “sociological studies of suicide have influenced both the methods used to study deviance and the explanations of deviance” 2
  3. 3. Post-2008 21 mark Questions Jan 10: Using material from Item A and elsewhere, assess the view that ethnic differences in crime rates are a result of the ways in which the criminal justice system operates. June 10: Using material from Item A and elsewhere, assess sociological views of the relationship between crime and the mass media. (21 marks) Jan 11: Using material from Item A and elsewhere, assess the usefulness of subcultural theories in explaining ‘subcultural crime and deviance’ in society today. (21 marks) June 11: Using material from Item A and elsewhere, assess different Marxist views of the relationship between crime and social class. (21 marks) New exemplar A Using material from Item A and elsewhere, assess the view that ethnic differences in crime rates are the result of the ways in which the criminal justice system operates. (21 marks) B Using material from Item B and elsewhere, assess sociological views of the relationship between crime and the mass media. (21 marks) Jan 12 A Using material from item A and elsewhere, assess the usefulness of labelling theory in explaining crime and deviance. (21 marks) B Using material from item B and elsewhere, assess the view that the process of globalisation has led to changes in both the amount of crime and the types of crime. (21 marks) “Methods in context” questions 15 mark questions Jan 10: Using material from item b and elsewhere, assess the strengths and limitations of unstructured interviews as a means of investigating victims of crime June 10: Using material from Item B and elsewhere, assess the strengths and limitations of overt participant observation as a means of investigating police attitudes. (15 marks) Jan 11: Using material from Item B and elsewhere, assess the strengths and limitations of using written questionnaires as a means of investigating prisoners’ experience of imprisonment. (15 marks) June 11: Using material from Item B and elsewhere, assess the strengths and limitations of using unstructured interviews to investigate domestic violence. (15 marks) 3
  4. 4. New Exemplar: Using material from Item C and elsewhere, assess the strengths and limitations of covert participant observation as a means of investigating ‘edge work as a motivation for crime’ (Item C, line 10). (15 marks) Jan 12: Using material from Item C and elsewhere, assess the strengths and limitations of using covert observation as a means of investigating court proceedings. (15 marks) Theory and Methods essays 33 Mark essays – note that old style ones were out of 40, but they are similar in pattern. June 03 “As researchers are also members of society it is impossible for them to be objective and value free in planning and conducting their research.” To what extent do sociological arguments and evidence support this view? (40 marks) Jan 04 3 “Sociological theories based on consensus are more useful in understanding contemporary society than those based on conflict.” Evaluate the sociological arguments and evidence for this view. (40 marks) June 04 3 Evaluate the view that sociological arguments and research findings generally have little influence on the social policies of governments. Jan 05 3 Assess the usefulness of structural approaches to our understanding of society. (40 marks) June 05 3 Evaluate the usefulness of secondary data in sociological research. June 06 3 Assess the contribution of interactionist theory and research to our understanding of society. Spec paper Evaluate the view that sociological arguments and research findings generally have little influence on the social policies of governments.(33 marks) 4
  5. 5. Sociology cannot and should not be a science.. To what extent do sociological arguments and evidence support this view? (33 marks) Assess the contribution of Interactionist theories and research to our understanding of society. (33 marks) Jan 10 “Feminism has revolutionised sociology by placing women at the centre of its analysis of society. However whilst all feminists share this starting point, there are now many different “feminisms within sociology” Assess the contribution of feminist theorists and researchers to an understanding of society today. (33 marks) June 10 Assess the relative importance of the different factors that affect sociologists’ choice of research methods and of topics to investigate. (33 marks) Jan 11 Assess the view that positivist methods are inappropriate for investigating society. (33 marks) June 11 ‘Sociology can be value-free and should be value-free.’ To what extent do sociological arguments and evidence support this claim? (33 marks) Jan 12 Assess the contribution of functionalist and New right theories and research to our understanding of society today. (33 marks) 5
  6. 6. Sociology cannot and should not be a science.. To what extent do sociological arguments and evidence support this view? (33 marks) Assess the contribution of Interactionist theories and research to our understanding of society. (33 marks) Jan 10 “Feminism has revolutionised sociology by placing women at the centre of its analysis of society. However whilst all feminists share this starting point, there are now many different “feminisms within sociology” Assess the contribution of feminist theorists and researchers to an understanding of society today. (33 marks) June 10 Assess the relative importance of the different factors that affect sociologists’ choice of research methods and of topics to investigate. (33 marks) Jan 11 Assess the view that positivist methods are inappropriate for investigating society. (33 marks) June 11 ‘Sociology can be value-free and should be value-free.’ To what extent do sociological arguments and evidence support this claim? (33 marks) Jan 12 Assess the contribution of functionalist and New right theories and research to our understanding of society today. (33 marks) 5

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