WALT: How valid is the elite theory of the distribution of power in modern society?

WILFs: Can describe and explain the theories of Mosca, Pareto, Michels and C Wright Mills (C)... Can use empirical evidence of power in modern society to support an argument (B).... Can compare and contrast Elite theory to other theories (B).... Can assess the validity of elite theory using evidence and other theory (A)

Lesson Development

 

Starter: Promenade your partner and discuss the different theories of power studies so far.

 

1. Study the presentation and take detailed notes (flash required)

2. Read the article by Lincoln Allison. What arguments in defence of elite theory does he forward and how convincing are they?

3. Use the links to create Quiz Quiz Trade cards on the individual elite theorists. Each table will be allocated with a theorist. When time is called return all cards to your teacher and play Quiz Quiz Trade.

 

Homework: Essay - How valid is the elite theory of the distribution of power in modern society?

 

Use the reading list to develop your understanding and to gather empirical evidence

 

Reading
 
Haralambos 'Sociology Themes and Perspectives' pages 530-534
Moore, Aiken and Chapman 'Sociology for A2' page 121
Best, Griffiths 'Active Sociology' pages 630-631
Livesey and Lawson 'A2 Sociology for AQA' pages 128-131

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