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How to Teach Values Education in a Corrupt Society?

In our corrupt society, there is one line attached to all the corrupt officers of the government, the line goes like this, “It is all right to steal provided you do not get caught.” Despite the dysfunctional environment we find ourselves in today, teachers need to teach and reinforce essential values in everyday schooling. These…

Sociology Induction

The article I have chosen to analyse is “With Knife Crime on the Increase it’s back to Basics” by Michael Godfrey. The article discusses the increase in knife crime amongst teenagers in the British isle’s and claims that it is a ‘lack of respect’ that has caused this, claiming that parents are at fault for…

Sociology and Ethics

Sociology is the study of social life and social structure by examining the groups and social institutions in which people shape. Sociologists are concerned with the characteristics of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people’s behaviors contribute within these contexts (www. smsu. edu). A sociology major provides a wide range of opportunities that requires only…



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The School of Sociology and Anthropology

Joel S. Kahn is Professor of Anthropology at the School of Sociology and Anthropology, La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus, Victoria, Australia. He has authored several books, including Constituting the Minangkabau: Peasants, Culture and Modernity in Colonial Indonesia, Minangkabau Social Formations: Indonesian Peasants in the World Economy, and edited, with Francis Loh Kok Wah, Fragmented Vision:…

Where should we look to explain working class failure?

From a consensus perspective societies are held together by a common interest between the people therefore society’s institutes like schools serve this function i. e. everyone’s interests. From a conflict perspective society is viewed very differently, it’s seen as a power battle between rich/poor and powerful/weak. They also view society’s institutes in this way e….

Assess the usefulness of official statistics

Official statistics are a source of secondary data. The government produces them. There are both hard and soft statistics. Hard statistics include birth, death and marriage rates. These are registered when they occur by law, so these statistics are entirely objective. Another type of official statistic is called soft statistics, e. g. crime statistics &…

Discuss official statistics with regard to how useful

Depending on whether the sociologist is a positivist or an interpretivist, official statistics may be worthless. Positivists see official statistics as valuable sources of quantitative information that can be used to investigate cause and effect relationships, like Durkheim did when investigating suicide. According to positivists, official statistics are hard, social facts that are separate from…

Sociologists have approached study of gender

The Functionalist Parsons argues that if a person is ill they have 2 rights: don’t have to go to work or do domestic duties and needs to be cared for, while not being blamed for their illness. The ill person also has 2 obligations: to get better as soon as possible and not prolong illness…

Sociology and other cultures

Culture can be defined as being the shared patterns of behaviours and social interactions, cognitive constructs and affective understanding that are learned through a process called socialisation or in other words a way of life. There are many different types of culture, and they all have there similarities and differences. Some people would say that…

Usefulness of participant observation to sociologists

Using information from the items and elsewhere, assess the usefulness of participant observation to sociologists. Participant Observation is a method of data collection that takes advantage of the human ability to empathise. It is often most useful to interpretist sociologists, as the data gathered is usually qualitative, and the research is invariably low in reliability….

Sociology & Scientific Depends

Sociologists have been divided on the issue of whether or not sociology is a science for as long as anyone remembers. It is a very controversial topic in sociology, due to the number of conflicting views about what it is to be scientific and according to the definitions of what is scientific, whether sociology can…

Sociological concepts

In this essay I will be discussing some of the sociological concepts which are used to explain the impact of the social world on our identity. It seems that our primary Socialisation- from our parents and close family plays an important role in our identity. Right from the start parents are conditioning their children to…

Educational achievement

Educational institutions have two basic functions. On the one hand, they act as agencies of socialisation, transmitting social rules, norms and values; on the other hand, they are mechanisms of allocation, channels for selecting and training people to fill the many occupations of industrial economies. This dual function of socialisation and allocation is fulfilled to…

An Introduction to Sociology

Philip Vernon carried out research studies into contributions of environmental and genetic factors into intellectual development in the 1940s and 1950s. He believed that Western IQ tests were unsuitable for non-Western people; he also applied the same argument to the use of Western IQ testes within different subcultures and social classes within Western Societies. He…

Sociological Theory for Social Work

As an adult I have grown up with pressure to secure my own means of private health care and pension, gain a good education to earn a reasonable income in a competitive employment arena and successfully raise a family. Whilst these were my own expectations and views I had not looked at the role societal…

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