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25 Days Later…

How many of us make New Year’s resolutions- or resolutions at any time of the year- and break them within days or weeks? We often hear that if you can stick to a behaviour for 21 days or 30 days, it is likely to become a habit, and therefore easier to stick to. A recent […]


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Things That Go Bump in the Night! The Psychology of Fear! …The Sequel

Halloween is coming and we are all getting dressed up! Halloween is the time of parties and trick or treating. The witches and wizards and zombies and ghosts all come out and wander our streets asking for sweets and chocolate! Halloween is a time that encourages people, kids and adults alike, to dress up and […]


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Things That Go Bump in the Night! The Psychology of Fear!

Halloween is coming and suddenly the streets will be full of ghosts and ghouls and witches and zombies. We will watch scary films. We will scare each other. We will go trick or treating. It is a time when suddenly it is fun to be scared! Why? When we are scared, our bodies prepare themselves […]


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The Riots – Can Direct Action Ever Be A Good Thing?

The Riots – Can Direct Action Ever Be A Good Thing? Direct Action from a Sociological Point of View In the last few blogs, we have talked about the riots from a sociological (and psychological) point of view. Direct action is a form of political activity that takes place outside the normal political processes. Direct […]


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The Riots – The “Social Network” Riots

In the light of the recent UK riots, one of Oxford Open Learning’s tutors considers the impact of social networks on the riots. The “Social Network” Riots: Sociological and Psychological Views on the Involvement of Social Networking in Last Month’s Riots We commented in the last blog looking at the riots from a sociological angle […]


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The Riots – A Sociological Perspective

In the light of the recent UK riots, one of Oxford Open Learning’s tutors considers events from a sociological perspective. The Riots – A Sociological Perspective In the previous psychology blog promted by the recent riots in UK cities we looked at some reasons that have been given for why people who wouldn’t be expected […]


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The Riots – A Psychological Perspective

In the light of the recent UK riots, one of Oxford Open Learning’s tutors considers events from a psychological perspective. The Riots – A Psychological Perspective People who riot are different people aren’t they? Not everyone will riot?  There is a suggestion that individuals who you would not expect to riot can get dragged into […]


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GCSE Sociology: Education 1: The structure of the education system

This new series of blogs on education in GCSE Sociology builds on the ideas in the previous series, Key concepts in education. The first blog looks at the structure of the education system. The Structure of The Education System Both the A level and GCSE Sociology courses cover education, but the type and quantity of information covered […]


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GCSE and A Level Sociology: Key concepts in education 4: Marxist and Functionalist approaches

The 4th blog in our GCSE and A Level Sociology series on Key concepts in education looks at two diferent approaches to education. Marxist and functionalist approaches We have already talked about some of the other key concepts in education in sociology, but now we will consider two of the important approaches to education – the […]


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GCSE and A Level Sociology: Key concepts in education 3: Key concepts in Sociology continued

Here is the 3rd blog in our series looking at education in GCSE and A Level Sociology which examines some more key concepts. Key Concepts in Sociology continued Social Class This is a group of people who share similar occupations, wealth and income in terms of their economic position. Hierarchy A hierarchy is like a […]


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