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Week 5: Work, inequality and diversity in families


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Jonathan Hughes - Author
Welcome to Week 5 of this course, the second of the two social science weeks. Last week you were looking at identity. Who’d have thought Popeye would have so much to say about that! But this week the focus moves on to looking at how where you live can affect your life chances, and to do that we’ve contrasted two families. Now within families the role of women’s work has always been important, so this week the question is, has that changed? The other thing I want to remind you about this week is it’s the chance to take the first of the two badged quizzes. This is the Week 5 quiz, so don’t forget to do that. Have fun.
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This week you explore families and relationships from a social science perspective. This focus means that there is a shift from thinking about what contributes to the formation of individual identities to how individuals interact with each other. This reflects the scope of different social sciences. Some, like psychology tend to be more focused on the individual, while other social sciences like sociology or economics tend to focus on relationships between groups of people. This is not a hard and fast distinction, for example there is a branch of psychology called social psychology. 

This week you will:

  • explore how social science sees families and relationships
  • revisit the cycle of enquiry
  • discuss how the role of women has changed
  • learn about the concept of division of labour in the home
  • explore aspects of cultural identity and group belonging
  • use two families to see how where you live affects life chances
  • develop your note-making skills.
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