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Crime and Deviance

Introduction To Deviance
An introduction to deviance by Peter Covington that covers a number of basic
definitions / themes and includes classroom / homework exercises.


Interactionism and Crime
An examination of  Interactionist contributions to our understanding of crime and deviance by Peter Covington. The focus here is the background to theories and the way writers such as Becker and Cooley have developed Interactionist concepts.


Marxist Perspectives

The focus of this worksheet by Peter Covington is Traditional Marxist perspectives on crime, with coverage of writers such as Chambliss, Mankoff, Pearce and Snider. A range of student exercises are included in the worksheet.


Crime and Deviance

Although the statistics need to be updated, this set of  8 worksheets by Lee Bryant still contains loads of useful classroom ideas for teaching crime and deviance.



Functionalism and Crime

This Peter Covington worksheet examines Functionalist contributions to our understanding of crime and deviance. In particular, it provides extensive coverage of Durkheim's basic ideas about society and deviance and includes a number of student exercises.


Crime and Subcultures

Through a series of twelve exercises, this Peter Covington worksheet examines the different contributions of writers such as Miller and Matza to our understanding of crime and its relationship to youth subculture.


Gangs

Not so much a worksheet as a Complete Customisable Lesson Pack™. In other words, a couple of sheets of information / questions that indicate what students have to do and a "ShedLoad"™ of resource material to help them do it. You, meanwhile, can lean back, put your feet up and enjoy a few moments peace and quiet. The materials cover Gangs: Territory, Rituals, Values and Sanctions - plus stuff on how theories of deviance / delinquency can be related to gangs.

Social Inequality


Class, Culture and Identity
An activity-based set of worksheets by Peter Covington covering a range of Introductory themes and concepts (What Is Stratification?, Differences in Stratification, Working class culture in the UK, Forms of Stratification).


Social Mobility

An activity-based set of worksheets from Peter Covington covering a range of themes and concepts relating to the study of social mobility (including The Importance of Social Mobility, Types, Patterns and Debates and Measuring Social Mobility).


The Lifeboat Game
Described by its author, Peter Covington, as an "Introductory Lesson", this file works on a number of different levels: as an
ice-breaker for a new class, to explore themes of class, gender and ethnic inequality / discrimination (try changing some of the people - if you're brave, include yourself as one of the passengers, plus a readily-identifiable student from your class...) or as a way of evaluating theories such as Davis and Moore's "Principles of Stratification".

Family

Functionalism and the Family
This Peter Covington worksheet covers a number of areas relating to Functionalist views on family life: the family as a universal institution, the evolution of family life, key writers (Murdock, Parsons, Goode, etc.), the changing functions of the family and the isolated and private nuclear family. Includes student exercises.


Family and Social Change
T
his activity-based set of worksheets by John Greenaway Jones covers an Introduction to Family Life, the role of the family, the nuclear family debate, the structure of the family and patterns of divorce. The worksheets are not text-specific, although a range of books, journals and websites are recommended for the task-based activities.


Family Diversity
Written by John Greenaway Jones, this activity-based set of worksheets focuses on a range of issues relating to diversity in families and households. The worksheets are not text-specific, although a range of books, journals and websites are recommended as the basis for a variety of task-orientated activities.

Mass media

The Mass Society Debate
This Peter Covington worksheet focuses on the concept of Mass Society / Culture, specifically relating it to New Right perspectives and the ideas put forward by Michael Medved in particular. A number of student exercises are included in the worksheet.


Mass Society Debate 2
This
Peter Covington worksheet relates the concept of Mass Society / Culture to Left Wing perspectives (The Frankfurt School, Marcuse and Hoggart). Basic differences between Right and Left Wing perspectives on the debate are explored and a number of student exercises are included in the worksheet.

Education

Gender and Achievement 1

Peter Covington's neat and concise review of sociological explanations for female achievement and male underachievement. This is particularly useful as both a set of clearly-written class notes (which can be used in evaluation exercises) and as revision notes. The file also includes student exercises.



Gender and Achievement 2

A well-presented set of worksheets and exercises by Peter Covington that covers gender differences in educational achievement by examining three main areas: Genetic explanations; Outside school factors and Inside school explanations.


Gender and Achievement 3

A complimentary set of Peter Covington worksheets that focuses on various "outside school" explanations for the relationship between gender and educational achievement. The worksheets are based around a number of well-presented exercises designed to develop a depth of student understanding.


Gender and Achievement 4

This set of  Peter Covington worksheets and exercises focuses on "Inside School / College" factors relating to gender and achievement. The main areas covered are: Types of Feminism; Classroom life and experiences; Teacher expectations and attitudes and The patriarchal curriculum.


Public Schools

Peter Covington worksheets and exercises that provide a thorough introduction to the debates and controversies surrounding private education in the UK.


New Vocationalism

A well-presented set of worksheets and exercises by Peter Covington focusing on The New Vocationalism. The materials cover areas such as: The political background to the New Vocationalism; The New Right Agenda and Curriculum; The National Curriculum: Introduction, Development and Change.

Theory

Marxism

This worksheet by Lee Bryant provides background information about some of Marxism's major concepts (alienation, surplus value and so forth) combined with questions based on an understanding of the text.


Marx

Lee Bryant worksheet that provides some general information about Karl Marx's life and work. Useful for teachers / students who want to understand Marx and his work in a little more depth.


Socialism

This Lee Bryant worksheet includes a range of resources on the theme of "Socialism" that can, with a bit of imagination, be incorporated into lesson plans. The text also includes suggestions for debates / activities.


Marxism 2

Peter Covington worksheet that provides a general overview and evaluation of Marxist Conflict theories and compares them with Functionalist perspectives. A series of exercises accompanies the text to reinforce the evaluation and comparison.


Postmodernism

Are you confused by the absence of dominant meanings in your life? Is your life media saturated? Does your style have no substance? Don't know your metaphor from your metanarrative? Then, my friend, you probably need this Peter Covington worksheet and attendant exercises to lead you gently through the intellectual minefield that is pomo...

Religion

Institutions

This activity-based set of worksheets by John Greenaway Jones focuses on a range of issues relating to religious institutions - from defining religious organisations to New Religious Movements. The worksheets are not text-specific, although a range of books, journals and websites are recommended as the basis for the task-based activities.


Influence

This activity-based set of worksheets byJohn Greenaway Jones focuses on a range of issues relating to religious influences - the secularisation debate in particular. The worksheets are not text-specific, although a range of books, journals and websites are recommended as the basis for a variety of task-orientated activities.


Social Change
An activity-based set of worksheets by John Greenaway Jones that focuses on a range of issues relating to religion and social change - an introduction to social change and sociological approaches to religion and change in particular. The worksheets are not text-specific, although a range of books, journals and websites are recommended as the basis for a variety of task-orientated activities.

Research Methods

Research Methods

A short (4 page) worksheet designed to help students outline and evaluate the essential principles of research methods. Students are required to use material from books / web sites and to rate methods in terms of their reliability and validity. Completed worksheets on the following topics can also available:
1.
Structured Interviews
2. Statistics
3.
Focused Interviews
4.
Content Analysis
5.
Questionnaires


Questionnaires

This worksheet by David Keir explores the phrasing of questions in sociological research. More-specifically, it focuses on the difference between open and closed-ended questions using a range of illustrative material.


Basic Concepts

This worksheet, based on a page from the 2001 Census, introduces and asks student to apply a range of methodological concepts - from primary data to positivism...

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