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General Sociology Stuff

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Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World

Sociology Study Materials

Here are a bunch of materials to help you learn about sociology. These may be study guides to help you with tests and essays. They are also valuable if you are just interested in understanding the field better. 


One of the more confusing elements of learning sociology is the difference between a "perspective" and a "theory." Look. Sociologists study human behavior through three distinctly different lenses. We study structures in relation to their function and dysfunction. We study structures as they relate to power and their inherent conflicts and we study interaction. These are the three perspectives: Functionalism, Conflict and Interactionism. The perspectives provide a direction for study. Theories are the tools we used to describe social phenomena and to make predictions through which to test hypotheses. Sociologists in practice rarely refer to the perspectives, but the perspectives are important to know when learning sociology as a discipline. The diagram above lays out the difference between perspective and theory. 

AICE Sociology Study Stuff

AICE Learner Guide
This gives an overview of the Cambridge Sociology AS and A Level Curricula
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AICE Long Essay Structures
Includes major structures and outlines and some advice for maximizing your score on the Paper 1 and Paper 2 Exams
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Sample Candidate Responses to Papers 1-3
This is huge! These are sample answers to Papers 1-3 both sections A and B. You have samples of an a paper, a c paper and an e paper for each question.
Sample Candidate Responses.pdf
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AICE Sociology of the Family Stuff

Paper 1 Vocabulary
These are the terms you will need to know for Paper 1. If you want to maximize your score, you want to use the jargon.
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Family Social Theorists and Researchers Flashcards
These flashcards cover the important social theorists and some major research in the Sociology of the Family. Important for AICE Sociology Paper 1
Family Social Theorists and Research Fla[...]
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Families and Housholds Overview
This is a quick overview of the AICE AS topic of Families in Society
Families and Household packet.pdf
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Nature and Role of Family in Society
Study guide from the Exam Board AQA
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Study Guide Outline Nature and Role of Family in Society
This is a blank outline of Nature and Role of Family in Society. It is designed to give you a structure by which to develop your own study guide specific to your needs.
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Changes in Family Structure Study Guide
Study guide from AICE AQA. Really valuable.
Changes in Family Structure.pdf
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Changing Family Structures Study Guide Outline
Another blank review outline to help you develop your own study guide.
Study Guide ChangesinFamilyStructure.pdf
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Family Diversity Study Guide
Be careful, this also includes the pages for Roles and Relationships. I scanned them into the same document.
Family Diversity Study Guide.pdf
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Family Diversity and Changing Family Patterns Study Guide Outline
Complete the outline for understanding diversity and change in family patterns.
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Roles and Relationships within the Family Study Guide
Here's the AICE AQA Study Guide for Roles and Relationships Within the Family. Focus on how these roles have changed to become more equal and how inequality continues despite these changes.
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Roles and Relationships within the Family Outline
Here's the outline. Use the AQA to help you.
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Sample of AICE Sociology Paper 1 Exam
This was last year's Paper 11 Exam
Sociology Paper 1 Example.pdf
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Sample of AICE Sociology Paper 1 Mark Scheme
This is really important. This is exactly what AICE is looking for in this paper.
Sociology Paper 1 Example Mark Scheme.pd[...]
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AICE Social Theory and Research Stuff

Paper 2 Vocabulary
Same deal, but even though this vocabulary is for Paper 2, it's still a good idea to study it. You can use it for Paper 1 and it's a longer list of terms we've not used for a while.
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Social Theory Flash Cards
Here are some flashcards that go over significant social theories discussed in class. This is not an all-inclusive set of social theories in general, that would be impossible. But these are the major theories.
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Sociological Perspectives and Theories Study Outline
It's a really, really good idea to know these theories inside and out.
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Theories of Culture
This study guide will help you with the Sociological Perspectives Outline, though you might have to go into some of the other study guides to fill in some information on the outline. It's not all here.
Theories of Culture.pdf
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Sample Paper 2
This is one of the Paper 2 exams from last year.
Sample Paper 2.pdf
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Sample Paper 2 Marke Scheme
This is the Mark Scheme for the Sample Paper 2 above.
Sample Paper 2 Mark Scheme.pdf
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Quantitative and Qualitative Methods of Research
Take a look at these charts that you already did as assignments last quarter. Good idea to review.
Quantitative and Qualitative Research Me[...]
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Research Study Guide
This has a lot of good information on research methods and the limitations of research methods.
Research Study Guide.pdf
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Culture Study Guide Outline
Here is the outline for defining and review theories of culture.
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This gives you an overview of how sociologists approach culture.
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Socialization and Social Roles Study Guide Outline
You need to know the different approaches to understanding socialization and social roles.
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Socialization and Social Roles Study Guide
This covers the requirements for Socialization and Roles Outline.
Socialization and Social Roles.pdf
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Identity Study Guide Outline
Here is the identity study guide. Focus on Class, Gender, and Ethnicity.
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Elements of Identity Study Guide
There's a bunch of elements to identity covered in this study guide. Be conversant with them, but really focus on Class, Ethnicity, and Gender.
Elements of Identity.pdf
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