Learning outcomes

After studying this unit you should be able to:

  • illustrate what is social about social science;

  • demonstrate how certain social constructions become dominant;

  • distinguish how labelling something can create expectations about behaviour and actions;

  • give examples of inequalities that result from particular social constructions.

Introduction

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  • help you understand the importance of the word ‘skills’

  • start you thinking about your own learning.

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  • appreciate that learning can involve thinking,
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