Two questions on Obedience (2017 mark scheme.)

Two questions from June 2017 Paper 1 marks scheme. 

The format shows you the Question, the AO1 and A03 marks as well as the mark scheme. 

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  • A01
    • Authoritarian personality is a collection of traits developed from strict/rigid parenting.
    • Discuss the authoritarian personality as an explanation for obedience.
      • AO3
        • Dispositional explanations cannot explain obedience in entire societies.
        • Research findings in obedience studies, e.g Milgram can be more readily explained by situational factors.
        • Use of evidence/analysis of evidence to illustrate the validity of the explanation, eg using the F-scale
        • Methodological evaluation of evidence if used to discuss the strength, or otherwise, of the explanation
        • Comparison with alternatives.
      • Marks
        • Level Marks Description 4 7–8
          • Knowledge of the authoritarian personality is accurate with some detail.
          • Discussion of the authoritarian personality as an explanation of obedience is thorough and effective. .
    • Examples of traits – conformist/ conventional/ dogmatic/ hostile towards those of perceived lower status (e.g scapegoating)
    • Obedient/servile towards people of perceived higher status.
    • Assessment of the authoritarian personality using the F-scale
  • Outline one alternative explanation for obedience.
    • Marks
      • 3 marks.
        • A clear, coherent alternative explanation with some detail
      • 2 marks.
        • Alternative explanation outlined with some elaboration.
      • 1 mark.
        • A very brief or muddled outline.
    • A01
      • Legitimacy of authority: of context/setting; genuineness/status of authority figure
      • Agentic shift/state: person ‘unthinkingly’ carries out orders; diffusion of responsibility
      • Accept situational factors/variables that affect obedience if these are presented asexplanations eg proximity; location; uniform.
      • Accept other possible explanations, eg ‘foot in the door’/gradual commitment; presence of‘buffers’; locus of control
  • A01


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