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Theory & Methods Topic Companion for AQA A-Level Sociology

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This comprehensive digital Topic Companion provides everything students need to know for Theory & Methods in AQA A-Level Sociology.


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This new digital Topic Companion for AQA A Level Sociology has been designed specifically to support teaching and learning, taking a systematic approach closely based on the AQA specification. The Theory and Methods companion takes each point from the two Theory and Methods areas of 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 Topic Companion for Theory and Methods is divided into the following sections:

  • Theory
    • Consensus vs Conflict; Structure vs Action
    • Modernity and Post-modernity
    • Is Sociology a Science?
    • Subjectivity, Objectivity and Value-freedom
  • Research Methods
    • Questionnaires
    • Interviews
    • Participant and non-participant observation
    • Experiments
    • Documents
    • Official statistics
    • Choice of topic and method
  • Theory and Methods
    • Sociology and Social Policy
    • Overview
  • Methods in Context

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 skills-based section on the Methods in Context questions.

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 (usually from the first year) 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 used in the Topic Companion 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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