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    Lightbulb Year 12 - Practice Exam Questions

    Year 12 Practice Exam Questions

    Section I - Part A

    1. Define ideology. (1 mark)

    2. Compare the difference between case studies and ethnographic studies. (4 marks)

    3. Using specific examples, define the term 'Social and cultural literacy' (2 marks)

    4. Outline how social and cultural literacy is the result of the synthesis of personal experience and public knowledge. (4 marks)

    5. Describe how you experience continuity and change in your macro world. (4 marks)


    Section I Part B (12 marks)

    What has been the impact of CHANGE in a country you have studied?

    To answer this question:

    a) Identify ONE change that has occurred in the micro world and ONE change in the macro world of this country (2 marks)

    b) Explain how these changes have affected both family life and population (4 marks)

    c) Critically evaluate the affect of these changes have on the future of this country. (6 marks)






    Section I - Social and Cultureal Continuity and Change

    Part A (18 marks)

    Question 1 (2 marks)

    a) What is focus group? (1 mark)

    b) What is personal reflection? (1 mark)


    Question 2 (9 marks)

    a) Explain the methodology action research (3 marks)

    b) Evaulate the effectiveness of action research as a methodology to investigate whether students find a range of HSC courses stimulating and challenging. (6 marks)

    Question 3 (7 marks)

    a) Distinguish between industrialisation and globalisation. (2 mark)

    b) Discuss the influence of technology and gender on decision-making. (5 marks)


    Part B (12 marks)

    In reference to your selected country, answer the following questions

    a) Identify ONE features that demonstrate both continuity and change in the selected country (2 mark)

    b) Describe how this specific feature assists you to understand change in that country. (4 marks)

    a) Discuss the role of power and authority on the future direction for the chosen country (6 marks)
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    These could be some of the questions you will be asked in the 2004 HSC Society and Culture Examination. They are HSC standards. If you have a problem with these questions because you don't know how to approach them, just post and ask me.

    Remember to know what the VERBS are asking you do to, i.e Compare - Show how things are similar or different.
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    i was just looking at last years exams and noticed a trend...the alot of the questions ask you to develop an answer with your personal experience. i.e. micro world. how would i do that! i really dont understand how i could go in there and talk about my own lets say 'belief system'...i guess ill always choose the other question then
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    6. a)Identify an area of interest/problem/question, to which you could apply a social and cultural research methodology. (2 marks)

    b) Outline TWO advantages and TWO disadvantages of a focus group as a methodology in your chosen research area. (4 marks)

    Remember! I can 100% guarantee you that the examiners will ask you about methodolgies! So know them well!

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    Please make use of these questions. I spent time typing them out and hopefully they will help you understand what type of questions are expected in the HSC, and gain more practice with your essays!


    SECTION II - Depth Studies

    Popular Culture (20 marks)

    a) Evaluate your own interaction with a popular culture you have studied. In your answer refer to THREE of the following:
    -access
    -socialisation
    -consumption
    -influence
    -media

    OR

    b) Analyse the impact of resistance on ONE popular culture you have studied. In your answe explore future issues related to that focus study.

    Belief Systems (20 marks)


    a) Evaluate continuity and change in relation to the belief system you have studied. In your answer refer to THREE of the following concepts:
    -conflict
    -hierarchy
    -ideology
    -myth
    -globalisation
    -philosophy.

    OR

    b) Analyse the impact of ONE belief system on the role of beliefs in peoples' lives. In your answer refer to acceptance and rejection of belief systems and the nature of power.

    Equality and Difference (20 marks)


    a) Evaluate commonality and difference experienced by people. In your answer refer to prejudice, change and discrimination.

    OR

    b) Analyse the possible futures of ONE society if existing inequalities are maintained. In your answer make reference to research methodologies utilised in your focus study of that society.

    Work and Leisure (20 marks)

    a) Evaluate the effect of social class on work and leisure aspirations and opportunities. In your answer refer to the concepts of technology and alienation.

    OR

    b) Analyse changing patterns of work and leisure within ONE society. In your answer refer to THREE of the following:
    -gender
    -casual and part time work
    -job sharing
    -leisure as work
    -the leisure industry

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    Ummm

    A question survivor 39 (for your work and leisure question) - What the hell do technology and alienation have to do with class based aspiration of work and leisure? these seem totally disparate concepts which are not at all linked in any of textbooks I've read, and if I got this question in the HSC i'd be totally screwed. so how do you answer this question?

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    Hi Mustafa Mond, I didn't actually complete this depth study in the HSC. But I have checked the definition of social class, which consistute a sense of division, mostly based on economic status, or socioeconomic status. And it is clearly related to technology, as people in higher social class have more access to technological advances compare to people with lower social class. Alienation is the result of this division of class, as different people with different level of wealth have more or less access to resources, such as technology. Therefore, the concepts alienation and technology is clearly linked in your depth study of work and leisure.

    I hope this clears it up for you.

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    Thumbs up Thankyou

    Thanks so much survivor, i really appreciate the practice questions.

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    you beauty!

    just like to say i appreciate what your doing for everyonce (including me) i feel like im in a state of apathy when it comes to this exam, it's my favourite subject, and that's why i'm least worried about it. I feel my state of mind will come back and bite me on the ass when exam time comes. I studied BARBIE for popular culture and i've forgotten nearly everything about it lol....oh well

    thanks for these questions..

    'ethnographic' study was the methodology in my trials and i got full marks for that, if that happens to appear in the HSC i will be cheerin' YAY

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    Survivor - I'm confused as to how to answer the question-

    "Describe how you experience continuity and change in your macro world"

    Since this is my macro world, it's the world that I know of but is oside my personal experience adn knowledge, right? So in this question would i focus on how I have "experienced" macro world change, like through the internet, media etc? or should I be looking at this from another angle?

    any help appreciated, Mustafa

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    survivor - just wondering about this one:

    a) Identify ONE change that has occurred in the micro world and ONE change in the macro world of this country (2 marks)

    how do we talk about a change in their micro world, their personal experience, when all we know of them is through public knowledge sort of thing? like we dont really know about change in their personal lives but in general to the whole country, therefore macro world?

    thanks dude!

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    try to focus on their family life of the people from your slected country. For example, in vietnam, Extended families are still dominant, but a shift towars a nuclear family is evident, due to influence of western thoughts, and ideas...etc.

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    Core Questions

    Just wondering. The syllubus asks us to study ONE area in our country. Either beliefs, values and lifestyle, government institutions, family and population, health and welfare etc. I studied government institutions but have found many practice questions specify the area. What happens if thats not the area I studied? Surely they will give us the option cause they only asked us to study ONE (they even wrote it in capitals). Im freaking out!

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    just wondering - can we actually be assessed on social and cultural litetracy? my book says no, it's just like what your supposed to achieve by doing the course, but I haven't actually looked at the sylabus to check this. Anyone got an opinion on this issue

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    About social literacy... you def need to know how to define it and some of the key outcomes. Past tests have often asked you to write entire 6 mark questions on it. Does anyone know what answer they are looking for when they ask 'how can social literacy be achieved through a synthesis of the micro and macro world'? It just says you need to do that in the syllubus but not why!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leylana_diamond
    Just wondering. The syllubus asks us to study ONE area in our country. Either beliefs, values and lifestyle, government institutions, family and population, health and welfare etc. I studied government institutions but have found many practice questions specify the area. What happens if thats not the area I studied? Surely they will give us the option cause they only asked us to study ONE (they even wrote it in capitals). Im freaking out!
    the question shouldn't be specifically asking you to talk about beliefs, values and lifestyle (or whatever you're doing)..what i've seen..and what they should be doing..is that it will ask you for an area/issue/whatever you wanna call it that shows continuity and change in your selected country..because that's what it comes under in the syllabus..i can't find the actual question unfortunately, but that's what the question was in my trial..

    so yeh..the question shouldn't specify..there's seven options (i think)..you're not expected to learn all..only one..

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    These are the questions I got in my half-yearly.

    What is a focus group? (1 mark)

    What is content analysis? (1 mark)

    Distinguish between the usefulness of information that can be gained from a focus group and from cotent analysis. (4 marks)

    Define Modernisation (1 mark)

    Evaluate the statement 'modernisation is inevitable'. (5 marks)

    Identify 2 characteristics of a socially literate person (2 marks)

    How could you ensure that you demonstrate social literacy in a researc project? (4 marks)

    Name and describe a theory of social chnage that you have studied (4 marks)

    How does this theory of social chnage you have studied explain either continutity or chnage in society? (8 marks).

    Differenitate between continuity and change (2 marks)

    Explain how chnage in technology can impact upon the lives of people in the micro and macro worlds. (5 marks)

    Evaluate the statement that 'all change is progress' (5 marks)

    Equality and Difference- Evaluate the effects of discrimination and socio-ecnomic status on acess to socially valued resources (20 marks)
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    Thank you to Sweets for posting questions from your Society & Culture exams.

    *You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Sweets again.
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    uh any answers to the questions or atleast help on any of emjus so i know i aint messin up even tho i am gona funk up in the trials tomoz....

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    Why don't you ask which questions you don't know how to answer and we can help you, instead of having us answering all of them.

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    struggling. badly. im so dumb wen it comes to society and culture, my pip was crappest. and now i have my trial tomoz, freaking out. i have read thru the questions on here and i can answer most but the most simple things like 'explain the methodology Action research' i have nooooooooo idea about. Also im doing Vietnam for cont and change, and i know what to write for the future of it. its rather upsetting. any assistance that you can give me i will be eternally grateful for. thankz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustafa Mond
    just wondering - can we actually be assessed on social and cultural litetracy? my book says no, it's just like what your supposed to achieve by doing the course, but I haven't actually looked at the sylabus to check this. Anyone got an opinion on this issue
    I've had questions on it in my trial and half yearly. I had to describe an aspect/trait of a socially and culturally literate person, and then describe hoe it would help ethical research.

    If you can remember this one, it's easy; use it (touch it up, I'm just doing this off the top of my head) :

    - A socially and culturally literate person is able to show critical discernment towards the media, and consider bias or slants in information.

    - This helps ethical research as it enables the individual to research effectively with awareness of bias and slants, hence they are able to select information suited to their need.

    Or something like that. Just check over the syllabus diagram of it. Don't jmp down my throat everyone - I'm just going off a faint idea from the top of my head.

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    I thought I would post up some of the questions from the CSSA 2005 trial for those who did the Independent trial this year.
    It may be of help in studying for the society and culture HSC exam on thursday.

    Section 1
    Part A

    1a) Explain the concepts of power and authority. (2 marks)
    1b) Outline how the concepts of power and authority relate to decision making and participation in society. (4)

    2a) What are the characteristics of a focus group. (2 marks )
    2b) Outline a situation where a focus group would be an appropriate method of research. Justify the use of thnis methodology for the situation identified. (4 marks)

    3a) Explain the concept of globalisation. (2 marks)
    3b) Discuss how globalisation could be used to explain aspects of continuity and change. ( 4 marks )


    Section 1
    Part B
    Answer the following with reference to the country you have studied.


    4a) Outline ONE specific aspect of change on the nature of traditional society and culture in the country you have studied. ( 2 marks )
    4b) Evaluate the impact of the change identified in part (a). ( 4 marks )
    4c) Develop a hypothesis regarding the future of the selected country using EITHER scenario writing OR forecasting. ( 6 marks )

    If any of you did the independant trial this year, i would love to know some of the questions asked in section 1!
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    Thank you for your contribution to the Society and Culture forum, Yoyo_87.

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    Exclamation Re: Year 12 - Practice Exam Questions!!

    Can someone please post the 2006 CSSA + answers!! Our teacher doesn't provide past papers and I reaaaaaally need more practice!!

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