Assess the Contribution of Feminist Theorists and Researchers to an Understanding of Society Today

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Sociology SCLY4- AQA GCE Mark Scheme 2010 January series 12-15 Answers in this band will show good sociological knowledge and understanding. They will show a clear understanding of relevant debates and issues surrounding the question of feminist theory and research. These may include patriarchy, capitalism, dual systems theory, feminist debates surrounding modernity/modernism, feminist research methodology, value freedom versus commitment, the critique of malestream sociology, etc. Answers will deal with a range of feminist theories, eg liberal, radical, Marxist, difference/post-structuralist etc. Lower in the band, answers will show both breadth and depth of knowledge of relevant theoretical and empirical material on feminist theory and research, although with some imbalances or shortcomings. They will show a sound understanding of important aspects of the question and of the issues that these raise. However, some significant aspects may be neglected or given limited attention. At this level answers might include: • conceptually detailed, accurate accounts of different feminist theories but with more limited consideration of empirical research or methodology • conceptually detailed, accurate accounts of feminist empirical research and methodology, but with more limited consideration of theoretical debates. Higher in the band, answers will show a thorough, accurate and conceptually detailed knowledge of a wide range of empirical and theoretical material on the set question and a sophisticated understanding of the question and of the issues that it raises. At this level answers might include: • greater knowledge of different feminist theories, methodology and research • greater understanding of the implications of feminist theory and research for debates about sociological knowledge. Note: candidates will be rewarded at all levels for an understanding of

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