Society and Culture: External Investigation: To what extent do Performance-Enhancing drugs affect Elite Athletes?

To what extent do Performance-Enhancing drugs affect Elite Athletes?          

Assessment Type 3: Investigation (30%)

Focused investigation of a negotiated contemporary social or cultural issue in a local and/or global context and present their findings in a written report.

The written report should be a maximum of 2000 words. Students must acknowledge sources appropriately.

The negotiated contemporary social or cultural issue may be derived from a topic in this subject outline or may be linked to a student’s personal interest. It is essential that the issue or topic has a clearly defined focus on an aspect of or issue related to a contemporary society or culture.

Students are encouraged to identify and analyse primary, as well as secondary, sources of information in gathering evidence about the issue.

To help in the verification of their work, students should keep a folio of support materials and documents that outline the processes of preliminary data collection. The folio is not submitted for assessment.

Students may use or adapt the following format to guide their learning.

 

Introduction

This may include:

·   a hypothesis and/or guiding question(s)

·   a definition of the contemporary social or cultural issue

·   a reason for the choice of issue, indicating an appreciation of its significance

·   the overall aim of the investigation

·   proposed methods.

Body

This comprises the analysis and synthesis, including, for example:

·   a brief background to the issue

·   an analysis of primary and secondary sources, identifying reasons for particular viewpoints

·   a synthesis, drawing together the main arguments into a summary of the findings.

Conclusion

This comprises comments on the significance of the main findings, such as:

·   an evaluation of the extent to which the findings support, or fail to support, the hypothesis and/or guiding question(s), and reasons why

·   an evaluation and explanation of trends

·   recognition of the limitations of the investigation

·   unexpected, surprising, or frustrating findings and/or other reflections on the learning

·   suggestions of possible future trends and/or social action.

The following specific features of the assessment design criteria for this subject are assessed in the investigation:

·   knowledge and understanding — KU1, KU2, and KU3

·   investigation and analysis — IA1

·   evaluation and communication — EC1 and EC2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance Standards for Stage 2 Society and Culture

Knowledge and Understanding

Investigation and Analysis

Collaboration

Evaluation and Communication

A

In-depth knowledge and perceptive understanding of a range of aspects of and issues related to contemporary societies and cultures, in local and global contexts.

In-depth knowledge and understanding of the nature and causes of social change.

Perceptive understanding of a variety of ways in which societies and cultures are connected and interdependent.

Focused investigation and insightful analysis of a range of aspects and issues related to contemporary societies and cultures, in local and global contexts.

Focused investigation and well-informed and critical analysis of ways in which power structures operate in societies.

Productive and inclusive planning and evaluation of collaborative social action related to an inquiry in a chosen topic.

Insightful and well-informed collaborative social action.

Constructive and well-focused individual contribution to group activities.

Insightful and focused evaluation and use of evidence from a range of sources and perspectives, with appropriate acknowledgment of sources.

Incisive and coherent communication of informed ideas about societies and social and cultural issues.

B

Some depth in knowledge and well-informed understanding of a range of aspects of and issues related to contemporary societies and cultures, in local and global contexts.

Some depth in knowledge and understanding of the nature and causes of social change.

Well-considered understanding of a variety of ways in which societies and cultures are connected and interdependent.

Well-organised investigation and well-considered analysis of a range of aspects and issues related to contemporary societies and cultures, in local and global contexts.

Well-organised investigation and informed and critical analysis of ways in which power structures operate in societies.

Productive planning and evaluation of collaborative social action related to an inquiry in a chosen topic.

Well-organised and informed collaborative social action.

Considered and active individual contribution to group activities.

Well-considered and informed evaluation and use of evidence from a range of sources and perspectives, with appropriate acknowledgment of sources.

Thoughtful and clear communication of informed ideas about societies and social and cultural issues.

C

Some detailed knowledge and informed understanding of different aspects of and issues related to contemporary societies and cultures, in local and global contexts.

Some detailed knowledge and understanding of the nature and causes of social change.

Considered understanding of some of the ways in which societies and cultures are connected and interdependent.

Generally organised investigation and considered analysis of different aspects of and issues related to contemporary societies and cultures, in local and global contexts.

Generally organised investigation and informed analysis of one or more ways in which power structures operate in societies.

Competent planning and evaluation of collaborative social action related to an inquiry in a chosen topic.

Generally organised and informed collaborative social action.

Appropriate individual contribution to group activities.

Evaluation and use of evidence from a range of sources and perspectives, with mostly appropriate acknowledgment of sources.

Competent communication of informed ideas about societies and social and/or cultural issues.

D

Identification and awareness of some aspects of and/or issues related to contemporary societies and cultures, in local and/or global contexts.

Some recognition and awareness of the causes of social change.

Identification and awareness of some of the ways in which societies and cultures are connected.

Partial investigation and description of some aspects of and/or issues related to contemporary societies or cultures, in local and global contexts.

Basic investigation and description of one of the ways in which power structures operate in societies.

Superficial contribution to planning and evaluation of collaborative social action related to an inquiry in a chosen topic.

Attempted engagement in collaborative social action.

Superficial individual contribution to group activities.

Superficial and limited use of evidence from easily accessible sources, with limited perspectives, and inconsistent acknowledgment of sources.

Communication of basic ideas about one or more social and/or cultural issues.

E

Some awareness of one or more aspects of or issues related to a contemporary society or culture, in a local or global context.

Limited awareness of any causes of social change.

Emerging awareness of one or more ways in which societies and cultures are connected.

Attempted investigation and brief description of an aspect of a contemporary society or culture, in a local or global context.

Emerging awareness of one of the ways in which power structures operate in societies.

Attempted contribution to planning and evaluation of collaborative social action related to an inquiry in a chosen topic.

Limited engagement in collaborative social action.

Limited individual contribution to group activities.

Attempted use of evidence from one or more easily accessible sources, with limited acknowledgment of sources.

Attempted communication about one or more social and/or cultural issues.

 

 

Society and Culture: External Investigation/ CHOSEN TOPIC/ISSUE

Introduction =250 WORDS

          Introduce topic/Issue

          A Sentence of introducing the Three Leading questions/Focus questions

TOPIC/ISSUE= *Performance-Enhancing drugs

*MAJOR QUESTION: To what extent do Performance-Enhancing drugs impact sports?

 

Three Leading questions/Focus Questions =*1500 WORDS*

          To what extent do Performance-Enhancing drugs affect Elite Athletes?           FQ 1. 500 WORDS

          What do statistics tell us about athletes consuming Performance-Enhancing drugs           FQ 2. 500 WORDS

          Why do rates of Performance-Enhancing drugs in sports continue to rise?        FQ 3. 500 WORDS

Conclusion: 250 WORDS

          *Summarise FOCUS QUESTIONS*

          Answer major topic question= *To what extent do Performance-Enhancing drugs impact sports?

 

External Investigation should equal 2000 words. Not Including References/In-text References in word count.

NO MORE THAN *2000 WORDS*

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