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Culture & Identity Topic Companion for AQA A-Level Sociology

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This digital Companion covers the Culture & Identity topic in the AQA A-Level Sociology specification. It features a comprehensive set of study notes together with possible exam questions and links to core themes.


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This A Level Course Companion has been designed specifically to support teaching and learning, taking a systematic approach closely based on the AQA specification. The culture and identity companion takes each point from the specification and breaks it down into sections. Each section makes a clear link to the specification, provides a checklist of what needs to be known and then explains key content, using both classic and some more contemporary studies and examples.

The sections are:

• Conceptions of culture

• Socialisation

• The self

• Identity and age, ethnicity, nationality and social class

• Identity and disability, gender and sexuality

• Identity and the contemporary economy

Each section includes regular evaluation of theories, studies or perspectives. This is written in the explicit and developed way that students would need to try to emulate in the exam. Each section concludes with a list of possible exam questions along with expert examiner hints. While potential questions are endless (especially in relation to specific wording and the items) all the types of questions that could be asked are included, providing opportunity to write about all the core content.

There is a separate section specifically for the “outline and explain” 10 mark questions because, for Paper 2 Topics in Sociology, these always involve applying knowledge from one area of the subject to another and therefore the questions do not clearly belong in any one section.

It is important to remember that in sociology you are encouraged to apply themes, knowledge and analysis across topic areas, including between different substantive topics. When attempting questions from one section, you should always be aware that you can and should use information from other sections. Two key features of this companion help to facilitate this synoptic approach. These are:

• "making the link": where a connection between content in this module and that of another is explicitly explored.

• "links to core themes": where AQA's core themes of socialisation, culture and identity, social differentiation and power and stratification are applied to each area of the specification.

The language is designed to be reader-friendly, yet packed with key terminology and the sort of academic style that A Level students need to develop in order to excel in their exams.


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