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09/04/2019

A Level Sociology – Help – How to Answer a Essay Question Please?

QUESTION
A Level Sociology – Help – How to Answer a Essay Question Please?
How Do you Answer/Work Out what to write for a sociology Question?

So, i have finished Unit 3 Religion – and have a exam in Jan

When i looked at the Question Papers , I dont understand the Actual questions. I am lost, and blank, what do i write in them?

For Example

Using material from Item A and elsewhere, assess the view that, while the Church of England is declining, other religions and spiritual movements are flourishing. (18 marks)

Assess the view that, for minority ethnic groups, the practise of religion and membership of religious groups is mainly a form of cultural defence. (33 marks)

Assess the view that religion is a major source of instability and conflict in society today. (33 marks)
– Is this question saying write about Maxisit Conservative force and Functionlists

Critically examine the relationship between different social groups and their religious beliefs and practise.

My Head goes blank and i get lost, i have learnt everything from the book, and know the stuff – e.g Marxist – See religion as a conservative force, – helps keep the working class, as it is – religion makes W/C people look forward to afterlife etc
i just get lost looking at the question.

Thank You.

ANSWER
Let’s take your first question: “Using material from Item A and elsewhere, assess the view that, while the Church of England is declining, other religions and spiritual movements are flourishing”.

Break down the question into its important sections e.g.

“Using material from item A and elsewhere …”
This is telling you that you can use any appropriate sources to support what you will write – item A , other things you have read, your own thoughts about the topic, conversations you have had etc. What is important is that you make clear in your writing what your sources are. For example, you would write things like ” My view is that … because …” & “Others disagree and would say …”

“…assess the view that…”
This tells you that, based on the information available, the answer should discuss and arrive at some judgement about the strength of the statement that follows.

“…while the Church of England is declining, other religions and spiritual movements are flourishing.”
This is the statement you need to address and assess. Use your sources and knowledge to discuss whether this statement has a strong basis. Is the C of E in decline? Are other spiritual movements flourishing? What makes you say that? Does it matter? Why?