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A2 10 mark homework

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Using information from Item A analyse two reasons why Durkheim’s functions of religions are criticised.(10 marks)

Item A

Like men and women everywhere, the daily lives of some tribal people are a reflection of their beliefs and traditions. Rituals which to us may seem cruel and dangerous often serve a vital role in keeping law and order within a group, and are fundamental to identity. Practices like stick fighting, ritual whipping, bull jumping and scarification fulfil important functions. As well as showing that the culture is still strong and vibrant, they give participants pride in their heritage and a sense of belonging.

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Y11 homework Oct 10th

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Please watch the Reggie Yates  ‘Death in Chicago ‘ BBC documentary and answer the questions below (please note, there are a couple of swear words and adult themes so don’t watch with younger siblings!):

  1. Chicago is America’s ______ largest city
  2. How murders have there been in 2016 so far?
  3. Which social group is the most likely to be killed?
  4. How many African Americans were killed in 2015?
  5. How many African Americans were killed in Chigago last year?
  6. What does Jamal Green blame?
  7. What happened in Gresham?
  8. Why is Reggie distrustful of the police?
  9. Why do some people argue that the police have been misrepresented (unfairly represented) in the media?
    1. How many black on black shootings were there in 2015
  10. On average how often is someone shot in Chicago?
  11. How many guns were seized last year in Chicago?
  12. Why does the journalist feel so despondent about homicide rates in Chicago?
  13. What are many African American boys lacking in their lives?
  14. In your opinion, why might the constant message of ‘be a man’ help contribute to the cycle of violence that takes place in Chicago?
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A2 h.w

You need to think about the ways in which the three major belief systems, outlined by Comte, influence explanations of behaviour labelled as witchcraft. The components of the film below are seriously useful and very interesting. Watch them and use the ideas to fill in the boxes below.



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A2 h/w Sep 8th

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In order to establish a good understanding of the role of religion in the world today, I would like you to create an infographic about one religion. The information should be presented attractively on one side of A4. Please try and cover:

  • Number of followers
  • Key beliefs
  • History
  • Global spread

Also, try to apply some sociological concepts.

Please make these nice and pretty so that they could be displayed in T04.

Posted in AS Sociology: Family, Uncategorized

AS Family: Policies h/w

Here is the PowerPoint from class: Social Policy_and_ the Family

For homework, please choose 8 policies from all the ones we have looked at. 4 need to be from the Cameron Conservative government and 4 can be from any period since the 1940s.

Please place them into a table and write a short description identifying how the policy links into the rest of the the topic. For example:

  1. Extra funding for Relate (marriage counselling): Obviously, this links to the marriage and divorce topics.  David Cameron’s Conservative Party is clearly prizing marriage and trying to encourage people to maintain their marriage rather than creating more single parent families. Therefore, this supports the New Right familial ideology in particular because single parent families are seen as dangerous for society because children from these families are statistically more likely to underachieve at school and pursue anti social behaviour. More extreme feminists might be unhappy with this focus on marriage because it is believed that women are often exploited by their husband, so often divorce is seen as the best option for the woman. 


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A2 Essay

Here is the essay planning PowerPoint I used in lessons – the question is on there:


Here is the PowerPoint I created to help you understand the demands of a 33 mark question:

Writing a 33 mark answer

In the exam you should have around 50 minutes, so please try not to spend too long on this!

Here are some of the resources on functionalism I used:



Emile Durkheim



Due date: December 2nd.