There is a debate that the family as an institution is either dead or in a state of constant transition. Defend one of these propositions with reference to key theories and studies pertaining to the family as an Australian social institution.
|Keyword 1||Keyword 2||Keyword 3|
|Famil*||"Australian social institution"||Theor*|
|"Family unit"||"Social institution"||Studies|
Social mobility is obtainable for all Australians because we live in the ‘lucky country’. Discuss whether you agree or disagree with this statement by referring to key factors such as social class, race, and gender with reference to one of the key sociological paradigms and studies on the topic.
|Keyword 1||Keyword 2||Keyword 3|
|"Social mobility"||"Social class"||"sociological paradigm"|
|"Achieved status"||Gender||"case studies"|
According to the sociologist Pierre Bourdieu an individual’s educational success is strongly influenced by the degree of cultural capital that he/she possess which is valued by the education system and mainstream society. Discuss the theory of cultural capital in determining an individuals’ chances of obtaining educational success by reference to the concepts of race, class, and gender
|"Cultural capital"||"Educational success"||
|"Social capital"||College / University||Middle / Working class|
The essay questions are as follows (select one only):
1. Does the concept of class still exist in our contemporary society?
2. Sociologically analyse the manner in which a present-day social issue is reported in the media.
3. Select a current political issue that is ongoing in our contemporary culture. How can we best understand this issue sociologically?
4. Intimacy has changed quite dramatically in our current culture from the past. Explore how these have changed using one or two specific examples.
5. What is the concept of medicalisation and does it apply to our contemporary relationships to the medical industry?
6. What sort of problems do we face as a society through climate change?
7. What is underemployment? What are some of the implications for those who are underemployed today sociologically?
8. Why are youth subject to more social control than other groups in Australia?
9. Has our contemporary life become rationalised as predicted by Max Weber? Use a case study to explore this further.
10. Sociologically critique any piece of media (film, television, fiction, non-fiction) or artwork using appropriate sources and sociological theory (NB – this is a question designed more for creative media/arts students and English students)
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Limiting words keep you focused on a particular area, and stop you from trying to write about everything. Common limits include time, place, extent (focus area) and number of foci.Context words are phrases or sentences that aren't part of the task at all. They exist to give you some context.
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