SOCIAL STUDIES AND GENDER EQUALITY 25 1.4 What are the basic requirements of social studies? We began this chapter by wanting to open up society, and we hope you are motivated to get started right away or have already started with questionnaires, interviews, equality issues; that you are working with feminist ideas and trying to apply professional concepts about gender roles and pay. It is important that you use the concepts, theories and methods of social studies because social studies is about society. In social studies, we believe we have methods to handle and present knowledge. We call it the subject’s taxonomy. Combined with your knowledge of scientific concepts, empirical data, methods and theory, taxonomy is a toolbox you must apply in order to master the discipline of social studies. The taxonomy of social studies is: nn Describe: You must be able to explain something briefly and accurately. For example, you can practise presenting feminism and its four waves in two minutes. When you describe, your own opinions are irrelevant. The important thing is that you can briefly and accurately reiterate the most important points of a text (article), theory, argument, statistic, etc. nn Examine: You must show that you can use your knowledge to explain and understand society. You can, for example, practise explaining society’s gender roles using professional concepts such as social patterns, gender roles, lack of gender equality in economics, sociology and politics. When you examine, it is essential that you demonstrate the connection between what you can see is happening in society, and your professional knowledge. nn Compare: You must be able to list differences and similarities for example between women and men. This could be differences in what they earn, which types of housework they do, or what jobs they have. Then you can systematically present differences and similarities between the genders. A comparison could also consist of similarities and differences in attitudes. nn Discuss: You must be able to present an argument. Next, you must show that you can argue both for and against, for example feminism. You must be able to present both the advantages and disadvantages of feminism. The important thing is to be able to show that you have understood feminism and can recognise different aspects of society. In conclusion, you can make an assessment based on your thorough discussion. nn Democratic fellow citizen with innovative competences: You must take a position and try to work with solutions to key problems in society. In a way, we are all in the same boat, and it is important that you actively contribute to society. What is your attitude to sharing nude photos on the internet? And what can be done about it? Check, for example, Save The Children’s website www.sletdet.dk, and decide whether it is a good initiative, and possibly how could it be better.
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