Essay plan for A2 Sociology AQA

Assess the view that gender differences in crime rates are the result of the way men and women are socialised (21 marks)

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  • Created on: 15-05-12 08:19

Introduction

Argue FOR the claim: the difference in criminal activity by men and women is the result of primary socialisation AND then balance out the essay

Bring in other factors including biological approaches, control, opportunity, Chivalry factor, feminist contribution etc

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Main Body

Address the claim made in the question directly

Give support for the 'socialisation' argument also using Carlen

Discuss how socialisation of the young instils norms and values into the different genders

Mention how this influences and shapes us later in life and relate this explicitly to crime

Find criticisms against this theory

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Introduction

Argue FOR the claim: the difference in criminal activity by men and women is the result of primary socialisation AND then balance out the essay

Bring in other factors including biological approaches, control, opportunity, Chivalry factor, feminist contribution etc

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Next state that though socialisation is a key factor, there are others that may be regarded equally as effective in influencing gendered crime rate

One by one discuss a few factors using PEEC- point, evidence, explanation, criticisms

For each factor mention relevant sociologists- postmodernity and masculinity relevant sociologist would be Messerschidt

Remember to stay focused and keep your points relevant by linking every new paragraph back to the question. Where applicable, LINK points with other areas/thoeries to support or criticse it

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Conclusion

Remember not to repeat youself here. You have already addressed the question so now you have to wrap up the debate. Keep it relevant and interesting

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Main Body

Address the claim made in the question directly

Give support for the 'socialisation' argument also using Carlen

Discuss how socialisation of the young instils norms and values into the different genders

Mention how this influences and shapes us later in life and relate this explicitly to crime

Find criticisms against this theory

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Next state that though socialisation is a key factor, there are others that may be regarded equally as effective in influencing gendered crime rate

One by one discuss a few factors using PEEC- point, evidence, explanation, criticisms

For each factor mention relevant sociologists- postmodernity and masculinity relevant sociologist would be Messerschidt

Remember to stay focused and keep your points relevant by linking every new paragraph back to the question. Where applicable, LINK points with other areas/thoeries to support or criticse it

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Conclusion

Remember not to repeat youself here. You have already addressed the question so now you have to wrap up the debate. Keep it relevant and interesting

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Comments

wngono

A great resource for the gender and crime essay question which provides enough pointers for someone struggling with essay writing. This resource is great as it can also be adapted and used as a revision tool for past questions.

patrick flood

top one :)

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