Posts Tagged ‘inequality’
I recently came across this interesting set of guides for the AQA Spec., written by Lydia Hiraide of The BRIT School.
The guides are dated 2013 – and although I’m not sure how they might fit into the latest Specification, I’m guessing there’s going to be a lot here that’s still relevant.
You can download the following guides in pdf format:
The final offering in what no-one’s calling “The Wonderful Week of Sims” is designed to give students practical experience of social inequality based on the unequal distribution of economic resources (wealth) – the eponymous “cake” of the title. While this can be an end in itself – a central part of the sim is the physical segregation of students within the same classroom – it can also be the building block for an examination of the possible consequences of such inequality.
This PowerPoint Presentation, designed for whole-class teaching, features visual representations of nine different class structures / variations, accompanied by some of the key ideas involved in each classification. Brief background Notes for teachers are also included with each slide.
The slides are intended to be a visual backdrop teachers can use to introduce / discuss different class structures.
If you prefer a self-running PowerPoint Show format (without Notes), use this link.
All the links that caught our eye this past week in one handy post…
Wealth, Poverty, Welfare
Like its A-level Psychology counterpart, Sociology Review offers good-quality articles and support materials designed to help students gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of both Sociology and the requirements of the A-level exam.
The publishers, Hodder Education, have started to develop a strong web presence for the print magazine, part of which involves offering some nice freebies related to each issue’s content, which you can check-out here:
Sample Magazine – actually, if you know where to look (and we do…), 4 free online sample magazines with articles based around the following themes:
A flipbook is just an online version of a magazine – you view and “flip” the pages just as you would if you were reading a printed publication.
While they’re not everyone’s cup of hot chocolate I rather like them – and to prove this here’s one I made earlier from one of Janis Griffith’s GCSE Sociology eBooks on social inequality.
You may be familiar with Robert Putnam’s ideas about social capital (“Bowling Alone”), where he argues that a key feature of late modern societies is the breakdown of large-scale, organised, social networks (such as political parties, trade unions and the like).
His latest work – Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, 2015 – features an intriguing and interesting idea that can be slotted into exam answers whenever you need to reference and explain social inequalities.
Putnam uses the concept of “social air bags” to argue affluent groups are able to protect their children from the consequences of their behaviour in ways that are rarely open to poorer social groups; just as an air bag may protect you from the consequences of a car crash, “social air bags” can protect you from the consequences of various social collisions – from finding yourself in trouble with the law to making sure you don’t fall behind at school.
In a nutshell, the concept relates to the various ways some social groups are better-placed to use their higher levels of cultural and economic capital to protect their children from the potentially negative consequences of their life choices.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is always a go-to source for all types of statistical data on a variety of topics and this one is no exception.
With links to both gender and social inequality “Welcome to unequal England” uses ONS data to show how inequalities impact on some of the most important life chances of all – the ability to live a long, healthy, life.
The recent public spat between Chris Bryant MP and singer-songwriter James Blunt about the “over-representation” of rich, white, males in the Arts provides a neat and interesting backdrop to the concept of meritocracy.
Is it just a question of “cream rising to the top” – or does it involve more-complex ideas about inequality and privilege?
If you want to take things a little further, the article can also be used to consider Functionalist (Davis-Moore thesis) and Neo-functionalist (Saunders) arguments and refutations.
This ESRC YouTube page contains 7 short (5 – 6 minute) introductory films covering a range of topics that can be used to introduce, highlight and illustrate various aspects of the mainly AS Specification:
- Image and identity
- Poverty and inequality
- Family and relationships
- Work and employment
- Happiness and wellbeing
Set of free films from the University of Manchester with the focus on ethnicity.
These short – 3 – 4 minute – films currently focus on two aspects of ethnicity – it’s relationship to inequality (employment and health) and identity – examining different ways to talk about ethnic identity.