Commentary on the model Answers, Beliefs in society

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A Level Sociology
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Unit 3 Commentaries
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Autumn 2010

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Version 1.0 Spring Summer 2010
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Candidate A 4
Candidate B 7
Candidate C 11
Candidate D 13
Candidate E 16
Candidate F 20
Candidate G 23
Candidate H 26
Candidate J 29
Candidate K 32
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Candidate A
Question 01
The candidate writes quite a lengthy response to this question ­ more than they needed.
Their first identification starts on line 5 about the charismatic leader and continues through
to line 7. This point is then satisfactorily explained in the final two lines of the paragraph.
1 + 2
The second identification is around exclusivity ­ but the point is never satisfactorily
explained. 1 + 0
The third identification is about members having children.…read more

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New Religious Movements. This does not really help their
Paragraph 5 sums up, reaching a conclusion that sects and cults are on the way to replacing
churches. No further evidence is offered to support this conclusion.
Summary: The candidate has presented a modest response to the question set. There is
evidence of relevant knowledge and understanding, but this is neither deep nor extensive.
A02 skills are evident, but again only at a modest level.…read more

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Summary: The candidate has struggled with this question. Their level of knowledge and
understanding of relevant material is not sufficient to sustain a full debate. Much of the
answer is generalised, assertive or simply limited in terms of insights.
A01: The knowledge and understanding here are limited. There are isolated and
disjointed statements about religion and/or science but there is little evidence that the
candidate fully understands the debates or the material needed to respond to the question.…read more

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Candidate B
Question 01
This candidate has a much briefer style to their answers. This is where one has to ask "Do
they do enough?" On the first identification on dedication there is a clear and sufficient
explanation. 1 + 2
The second identification is about when the leader dies. There was a debate at pre
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Paragraph 6 raises yet more evaluative issues about sects and cults and their longevity or
lack of it. Again the material is unpacked a little to consider how this would affect the issues
raised by the question.
Paragraph 7 draws the answer to a conclusion. There are no really new points here but
there is a useful summary of key points that the candidate believes make their case. The
conclusion is reasonably well put.…read more

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Paragraphs 3, 4 and 5 show an understanding of a range of relevant
Paragraph 6 starts some evaluation. The candidate presents some criticisms of evidence on
attendance statistics, religiosity, etc. Concepts such as `believing not belonging' and
`vicarious religions' are used and understood.
Paragraph 7 offers more evaluative material. The concepts of resacrilisation and
disengagement are used in arguments to show that religion has not died.
Paragraph 8 provides yet more evaluation, this time focusing on issues that science cannot
explain.…read more

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