260. Structuralism


This Sociology Factsheet will look at structuralism as a theoretical perspective, exploring its application and strengths and weaknesses. The Factsheet includes Exam Hints to help you to use your knowledge to gain maximum marks, while the Activities give you the opportunity to apply what you have learned and will help you develop your skills in this area.

Words in bold are explained in the glossary and a reference list is included at the end of the Factsheet.

The examiner will expect you to be able to:

  • Demonstrate your understanding of what structuralism as a theoretical perspective is, including understanding of both functionalism and Marxism.
  • Demonstrate your understanding and knowledge of how to apply this theory to sociological topics.
  • Be confident in incorporating structuralism in exam responses.
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September 2022


ISSN: 1351-5136

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