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Taking your first steps into higher education
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4 Summary

The two social science weeks of this course have provided an introduction to some key concepts in social science including identity and stereotyping. We have also touched on issues like class and gender and the importance of where people live. Over the two weeks you have seen how people can come together in groups or in a shared culture as well as how they may be separated from social inequality.

Week 5 has introduced a number of important social science ideas about relationships in the family, and has focused on role of women and how feminism can help develop a more informed understanding. You have also practised your note taking skills.

In addition to developing your understanding of these shared topics you have seen how the systematic approach that underpins the cycle of enquiry can be used to illuminate a range of social science topics. (You might like to test this out by seeing if you can apply it to something that interests you and something that is in the news.

In Week 5 you have learned about:

  • how social science sees families and relationships
  • how the role of women may have changed
  • the concept of division of labour in the home
  • aspects of cultural identity and group belonging
  • how where you live affects life chances
  • note making skills.

In the next two weeks you will look at what might be involved in studying science, technology and maths subjects.

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