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  1. 1. Unit 1: Families and households. Section 1: Changing Topic patterns and family and household structures Date topic Topic Notes notes are due Completed in. Teacher Comment Marriage: fall in number of marriages, later age of first marriage. Cohabitation: growth of cohabitation, greater acceptability of cohabitation, types Separation and divorce: legal position, increase in divorce after 1969, reasons for divorce; remarriages and reconstituted families. Child-bearing: number of children, age at which women have first child, changes in parenting practices; lone parent families; beanpole families. Life course: consideration of range of possibilities, including living alone(singletons), grandparents. Assessment Name of assessment: Date of assessment: Target Grade: Grade achieved: Higher, equal to or lower than my target grade: What I need to do to improve: Confidence about this topic /10
  2. 2. Unit 1: Families and households. Section 2: Perspectivesand state policies Topic Functionalist views: the importance of the nuclear family, the universality of the family, changing functions, how the nuclear family ‘fits’ modern society. Date topic notes are due in. 7/3/2014 Marxist views: the family as part of the ideological state apparatus, as an agent of social control. 7/3/2014 Feminist views: patriarchy; liberal, radical and Marxist feminism. 7/3/2014 The New Right: decline of the family, demonisation of single parents, fatherless 
 families, uncontrollable children; Murray’s view of the underclass; need for a return 
 to ‘traditional’ family values. 7/3/2014 Foucault: surveillance of family life, internalisation of norms. 14/3/2014 Key government policies affecting families, post1997 – current government policies assessed in relation to the theories. Topic Notes Completed 14/3/2014 Assessment Name of assessment: Date of assessment: Target Grade: Grade achieved: Higher, equal to or lower than my target grade: What I need to do to improve: Teacher Comment Confidence about this topic /10
  3. 3. Unit 1: Families and households. Section 3: Roles and Relationships Topic Date topic Topic Notes notes are due Completed in. Teacher Comment Gender roles within families: functionalist, feminist, New Right and other views. The domestic division of labour – changing nature of housework and home-related 
 activities related to changing roles of men and women and to masculinity and 
 femininity, both in and beyond the home. Decision-making and power relations within households. Assessment Name of assessment: Date of assessment: Target Grade: Grade achieved: Higher, equal to or lower than my target grade: What I need to do to improve: Confidence about this topic /10
  4. 4. Unit 1: Families and households. Section 4: Childhood Topic Date topic Topic Notes notes are due Completed in. Teacher Comment The social construction of childhood: how childhood differs over time and between cultures; ways in which childhood is marked as separate from other stages of life. Children and (paid) work: legal situation in UK; comparison with other countries. Children as actors within families; the rights and responsibilities of children today. Assessment Name of assessment: Date of assessment: Target Grade: Grade achieved: Higher, equal to or lower than my target grade: Confidence about this topic /10
  5. 5. Unit 1: Families and households. Section 5: Trends Topic Date topic Topic Notes notes are due Completed in. Teacher Comment Birth rates (and fertility rates): falling availability of contraception/family planning; children more likely to survive; cost of raising children; later age of marriage; women giving priority to work, etc. Death rates: falling higher life expectancy; better health care, protection and treatment for life threatening illness, etc. Family size: falling reasons similar to birth rate but focus on decisions on individual reasons. Name of assessment: Assessment Date of assessment: Target Grade: Grade achieved: Higher, equal to or lower than my target grade: What I need to do to improve: Confidence about this topic /10

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