Sociology Lectures


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    What is sociology???

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    I applied for a PGCE course and I had to make a video explaining to 16 year olds, What is sociology? It would have been better if I'd used a BBC-circa-1948 voice, but I didn't have the guts.

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    Definitions: Sociology and the Sociological Imagination

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    Basic definitions of Sociology and the Sociological Imagination

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    C Wright Mills Sociological Imagination and the Power Elite

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    Structural Functionalism

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    This video provides a brief introduction to Structural Functionalism. It was created by students in a sociological theory class at the University of Tampa to accompany a presentation on Structural Functionalism. The video describes the theory and gives some examples of Structural Functionalist theorizing.

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    Sociology Lesson 1- Introduction to Sociology

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    C. Wright Mills - The Sociological Imagination

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    Mills explores why theory is important to our understanding of society. He explains the concept of the Sociological Imagination-- his idea that sociologists needed to be critical and skeptical of the bureaucratization of sociological research. He sets forth a sense of what it means to be an intellectual scientist.

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    The Sociological Imagination - Private Troubles, Public Issues

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    This video lecture examines the idea of the sociological imagination being about seeing the relationship between private troubles and public issues, as argued by the famous American sociologist, C. Wright Mills.

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    Introduction to Sociology - The Sociological Imagination - Part 2

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    NYU Professor Harvey Molotch--Introduction to Sociology; This course provides a sampling of problems and methods used by sociologists, with concrete examples from everyday life, history, and contemporary events.

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    SOCIOLOGY - Max Weber

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    Max Weber explained that modern capitalism was born not because of new technology or new financial instruments. What started it all off was religion. SUBSCRIBE to our channel for new films every week:
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    Sociological Theory: Emile Durkhiem and Social Solidarity

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    Conceptual art and historical imagery vivifies a discussion of Emile Durkhiem's Division of Labour in Society. The video focuses upon differences between traditional mechanical solidarity and modern organic solidarity.

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    Using the Sociological Imagination

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    Applying the sociological imagination to issues like eating disorders and attending BYU-Idaho

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    The wisdom of sociology: Sam Richards at TEDxLacador

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    How can an academic discipline like Sociology be life changing? This talk suggests one way by exploring how sociologists teach us to re-imagine our personal problems and ourselves. In the end, we learn that even in our most private and seemingly isolated moments, we may be more connected to others than we realize.

    His unique ability to connect with students along with his innovative use of technology in the classroom makes Sam Richards a very popular Sociology professor in the United States. Every semester over 750 students at Penn State University take his class on race and ethnic relations, the largest course on this subject in the world. He creates an active learning space where he addresses with humor and courage the very questions that most of us choose to avoid. Sam is also a co-founder of Penn State's World in Conversation Center. Every year, thousands of students from around the world participate in the Center's mission to bring conflict into collaboration through peer-facilitated dialogue.

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    Sociological Imagination

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    The Sociological Imagination enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society. That is it's task and it's promise. -C Wright Mills, _The Sociological Imagination_ , page 6

    The Warner brother's Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner demonstrate for us one interpretation of a sociologist's quest to fulfill that promise.

    Warner Brothers Looney Tunes music and video episode segments incorporated include To Beep or Not To Beep and Soup or Sonic.

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    The Sociological Imagination: The Promise

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    This video is for Sociology

    Link for guided notes

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    Sociology 101 - Weber, Durkheim, Marx & Mills

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    How the fathers of Sociology developed an important social science. The key sociological paradigms are considered.

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    Functionalism

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    Functionalism is a theory of society that focuses on the structures that create the society and on how the society is able to remain stable.

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    The Sociological Imagination

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    C. Wright Mills was a professor of sociology at Columbia University in the 1950's. In time I will review many of his books, including; The Sociological Imagination, White Collar, The Power Elite, The Marxists, The Causes of World War III, Character and Social Structure among others. In The Sociological Imagination, Mills draws a distinction between personal troubles and public issues within society. One needs to understand the intersections of history (& the social sciences) and the individual biography to understand and distinguish between personal troubles and public issues that cannot be solved by any one man.

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    Charles Wright Mills documentary

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    A short documentary on C. Wright Mills life, theories, accomplishments, and impacts on society.

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    The Sociological Imagination: The Promise

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    This video is for Sociology

    Link to guided notes

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    1. Three Founding Sociological Theories

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    A brief introduction to the three most classic sociological theories: Conflict Theory, Structural Functionalism, and Symbolic Interactionism.

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    Can You Catch Yourself? | Christy Vincent | TEDxUCO

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    We all have ways of being in the world. Sometimes those work for us, but sometimes, they work to our detriment by keeping us from new insights and by allowing us to repeat unwanted behavior in our relationships. Dr. Christy Vincent, a business and professional coach, demonstrates how we can catch ourselves before we become our own stumbling block.

    Dr. Christy Vincent is a professor in the Mass Communication Department at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she teaches organizational and strategic communication courses. Her research interests include conflict management, mediation, change management, executive coaching, and training and development. Her interest in conflict management led her to the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law, where she earned a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

    Christy is a communication specialist. Using her years of experience in organizational effectiveness and conflict management, she coaches individuals to increase their leadership effectiveness. While she has coached individuals in all roles, one of her specialties is working with young directors who are being groomed for higher-level positions. She particularly enjoys coaching young women leaders, who are building both careers and families at the same time. Christy helps her clients improve in essential behaviors such as managing time, setting priorities, uncovering values, working through conflict, coping with stress and managing multiple roles. She regularly conducts training courses for local corporations. Dr. Vincent’s professional experience outside of the university is in organizational development, management, sales and product development in private industry.

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    What Is Sociology?

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    From the Introducing Sociology DVD
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    Intro to Sociology: The Sociological Imagination

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    A Successful Sociologist Makes the Familiar Strange

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    In this Paradox Animation, Dalton Conley defines the sociological imagination and explains how to think like a sociologist.

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    Breaking Down The Promise

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    This video is intended for Mr. Sinn's sociology class, to help better understand the sociological imagination according to C. Wright Mills.

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    Introduction to Political Science

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    What is political science? Why study political science? What are the major subdisciplines within the broad discipline of political science? What are some career options available to those that major or minor in political science? Why should political science interest you? How does it impact your life? How is political science relevant today? In this video clip (recorded on 11/23/13), Professor Sukkary answers the questions above and briefly introduces the discipline of political science.

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    NYU Commencement 2017--Highlights

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    Wednesday, May 17, 2017, NYU President Andrew Hamilton and Trustees Chair William Berkley presided over the University’s 185th Commencement ceremony at Yankee Stadium.

    NYU bestows honorary degrees on Thomas R. Frieden, most recent head of the Centers for Disease Control, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, Nobel Prize–Winning Chemist Jean-Marie Pierre Lehn, Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, Author Melissa V. Harris-Perry, and musician, songwriter, and producer Pharrell Williams.

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    C. Wright Mills: On The Sociological Imagination

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    A brief presentation on The Sociological Imagination as well as the Mills' views on the writing craft. This video presentation is from Macro Social Theory, by Frank W. Elwell. This book focuses on the macro social theory of Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Malthus, and Spencer as well as contemporary expressions of these classics. The contemporary theorists covered include Harry Braverman, John Bellamy Foster, Robert K. Merton, Robert Nisbet, Neil Postman, Norbert Elias, George Ritzer, Gerhard Lenski, Stephen Sanderson, Stjepan Mestrovic, C. Wright Mills, Ester Boserup, and Immanuel Wallerstein.

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    NYU Commencement 2017--Pharrell WIlliams Remarks

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    Wednesday, May 17, 2017, NYU President Andrew Hamilton and Trustees Chair William Berkley presided over the University’s 185th Commencement ceremony at Yankee Stadium.

    Pharrell Williams—the musician, songwriter, and producer who has earned 11 Grammy Awards and is a two-time Academy Award nominee-- addresses the graduates and guests on behalf of all the honorary degree recipients.

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    1. Introduction to Human Behavioral Biology

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    (March 29, 2010) Stanford professor Robert Sapolsky gave the opening lecture of the course entitled Human Behavioral Biology and explains the basic premise of the course and how he aims to avoid categorical thinking.

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    Intro to Sociology: Stratification!

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    Let's learn about how society is divided up into layers, and what kinds of mobility and traits there are within those layers!

    Table of Contents:

    00:00 - Stratification
    00:36 - Social Stratification
    01:39 - Types of Stratification
    03:14 - Systems of Stratification
    04:38 - Systems of Stratification
    06:35 - Systems of Stratification
    07:31 - Status Consistency
    10:46 - Upper Class!
    10:50 - Status Consistency
    12:12 - Upper Class!
    13:57 - Middle Class
    16:41 - Lower Class
    18:00 - Social Mobility
    21:02 - Class Traits

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    How to Prepare for Tomorrow, By the Season | Antonio Ross | TEDxUCO

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    If there was something as simple as a GPS unit that would tell your passion and the route to your personal goals, would you want it? Antonio Ross uses the four seasons to show how to plan for tomorrow, no matter what path you take.

    Antonio Ross is a recent graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). He is currently a motivational speaker, social media manager and business owner. Antonio completed his Master of Science in Wellness Management and his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at UCO. During his time at UCO, he played on the 30-4 season, record-holding Men’s Basketball team, coached for 2 years, was an academic research and graduate assistant for his academic department, presented at several national and regional conferences and completed his thesis. Antonio works with the Super Bowl for the Players Networking Event. He is a motivational speaker and started a business that helps basketball players with confidence and skill development. Now, Antonio is excited to be back at UCO, with a hope to share what he has learned during his time out of college.

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    Lord Giddens: Understanding Society - A Sociologists Perspective

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    CRASSH 'Understanding Society' lectures supported by the Thriplow Charitable Trust

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    Catchy songs and viruses | Rebecca Waldecker | TEDxUniHalle

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    From snowflakes to the Australian national anthem – With help of symmetry, mathematician Rebecca Waldecker explains how knowledge about data compression by symmetry can help us understanding viruses and catchy songs.


    Born 1979 in Aachen, Rebecca Waldecker grew up close to Kiel at the Baltic Sea and also went to university there. Her subjects were mathematics, statistics and econometrics. After the Diplom she continued with a PhD in mathematics, specialising in group theory. The next stop was Birmingham (UK) from 2007 to 2009: first as an Honorary Lecturer, then as a Research Fellow.
    She returned to Germany in 2009 to take up a junior professorship for groups and geometries at the Martin-Luther-University of Halle, and since 2015 she is a professor for algebra and head of the mathematics institute.
    Rebecca Waldecker's research interests range from abstract and very theoretical group theory to applications for algebraic geometry or computational mathematics. She frequently teaches courses at summer academies, she is involved in outreach activities, in support and coaching for young researchers (e.g. with the German Academic Scholarship Foundation) and is one of the vice-presidents of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers.


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    NYU Commencement 2017 Student Speaker Roxanne A. Roman

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    Wednesday, May 17, 2017, NYU President Andrew Hamilton and Trustees Chair William Berkley presided over the University’s 185th Commencement ceremony at Yankee Stadium.

    The student speaker at the Commencement Exercises was Roxanne A. Roman, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from NYU Shanghai.

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    1. A map of social theories, 1000-2000 by Alan Macfarlane

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    Filmed as part of a second year course in social anthropology at Cambridge University in November 2001. For further writings on the social theorists and the background, please see alanmacfarlane.com
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    The Best Four Years

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    Four years passes by in the blink of an eye. We'll miss you, Class of 2017!

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    Mod-01 Lec-01 What is sociology?

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    Introductory Sociology by Prof. A.K. Sharma, Department of Humanities and
    Social Sciences,IIT Kanpur.For more details on NPTEL visit

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    NYU President Andrew Hamiltons 2017 Commencement Address

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    Wednesday, May 17, 2017, NYU President Andrew Hamilton and Trustees Chair William Berkley presided over the University’s 185th Commencement ceremony at Yankee Stadium.

    NYU bestows honorary degrees on Thomas R. Frieden, most recent head of the Centers for Disease Control, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, Nobel Prize–Winning Chemist Jean-Marie Pierre Lehn, Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, Author Melissa V. Harris-Perry, and musician, songwriter, and producer Pharrell Williams.

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    21. Webers Theory of Class

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    Foundations of Modern Social Thought (SOCY 151)

    Along with the macro-level shift from traditional forms of authority to legal-rational authority, Weber's theory of class identifies a macro-level shift from status to class determining life chances. In feudal times, under traditional forms of authority, monarchs or others in power conferred high status upon individuals and material wealth followed; first a man would be named a nobleman, and then he would get his estate. In the modern capitalist era, individuals obtain their monetary or material wealth and their class position vis-à-vis the market determines their life chances. Weber, in contrast to Marx, argues that class is a modern phenomenon. However, this does not mean that our modern and contemporary world does not have versions of status. Like remnants of traditional and charismatic authority co-mingled with legal-rational authority in the state and other institutions, status still determines life chances to a certain extent. The influence of status is somewhat subsumed under Weber's category of social class.

    00:00 - Chapter 1. Remarks for Final Exam
    04:06 - Chapter 2. Introduction to Weber's Theory on Class
    19:57 - Chapter 3. Definition of Class
    29:59 - Chapter 4. Definition of Status Group
    38:19 - Chapter 5. Class and Status Compared; Types of Classes

    Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website:

    This course was recorded in Fall 2009.

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    24. Durkheim on Suicide

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    Foundations of Modern Social Thought (SOCY 151)

    Durkheim's Suicide is a foundational text for the discipline of sociology, and, over a hundred years later, it remains influential in the study of suicide. Durkheim's study demonstrates that what is thought to be a highly individual act is actually socially patterned and has social, not only psychological, causes. Durkheim's study uses the logic of multivariate statistical analysis, which is now widely used in the discipline of sociology. Durkheim considered factors including country, marital status, religion, and education level to explain variations in suicide rates. Durkheim found that Protestants, who tended to be more highly educated, had a higher rate of suicide than Catholics, who tended to have lower levels of education. Jewish people fell outside of this pattern; highly educated, they had a very low rate of suicide. Durkheim explained that the education of Protestants led them to individual consciousness whereas the education of Jewish people meant to make them more integrated into their religious community. Durkheim arrives at a typology of suicide ranging between high and low regulation and high and low integration: egoistic, altruistic, anomic, and fatalistic suicide.

    00:00 - Chapter 1. Suicide Defined
    23:45 - Chapter 2. Egoistic Suicide
    46:43 - Chapter 3. Altruistic Suicide
    48:47 - Chapter 4. Anomic Suicide; Fatalistic Suicide

    Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website:

    This course was recorded in Fall 2009.

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    Introduction to Sociology - Culture and Ethnocentrism - Part 1

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    NYU Professor Harvey Molotch--Introduction to Sociology; This course provides a sampling of problems and methods used by sociologists, with concrete examples from everyday life, history, and contemporary events.

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    10. Marxs Theory of Capitalism

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    Moral Foundations of Politics (PLSC 118)

    Today, Professor Shapiro continues his discussion of Enlightenment theory of Karl Marx, focusing on the foundations of his theory of capitalism. The central question is, how is wealth created under capitalism at the micro level? For Marx, Adam Smith's invisible hand is not entirely benevolent. His labor theory of value stipulates that living human labor-power is the only way to create new value, and therefore capitalists who shift toward capital-intensive production cannot actually create new value. Marx also assumes wages are at the level of subsistence, and that capitalists turn a profit by exploiting the surplus labor time of workers. Professor Shapiro also explores some corollary concepts to Marx's mode of production--the class-for-itself/class-in-itself distinction, socially necessary labor time and surplus labor time, and the extent to which workers are other-referential.

    00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction: Class Agenda and Marx's Characterization of Freedom
    07:12 - Chapter 2. Marx's Theory of Science
    16:37 - Chapter 3. The Labor Theory of Value; Exploitation and Injustice
    22:37 - Chapter 4. The Labor Theory of Surplus Value
    35:37 - Chapter 5. Relative & Absolute Surplus Value & Rate of Exploitation

    Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website:

    This course was recorded in Spring 2010.

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    Introduction to Sociology - Deviance - Part 1

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    NYU Professor Harvey Molotch--Introduction to Sociology; This course provides a sampling of problems and methods used by sociologists, with concrete examples from everyday life, history, and contemporary events.

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    Generative Knowledge: Uncovering Hidden Strengths, Purpose & Intelligence | Melissa Peet | TEDxUCO

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    Creating positive change is something many wish to do, but few can truly put into practice. Melissa Peet is one of the few. With the right tools and methods, she believes everyone can make a difference using their unique gifts or “super powers.”

    Melissa R. Peet, Ph.D., is the Director of Integrative Learning and Knowledge Management at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She creates tools and methods that help people and organizations discover the vast reservoir of purpose, strength and intelligence they already possess, but exists outside of their conscious awareness. Several of these methods – Generative Knowledge Dialogue, Generative Coaching, and the Integrative Knowledge Portfolio Process, are being used to develop integrative and lifelong learners, leaders and change agents in a wide range of fields, disciplines and professions.

    Her coaching, learning, and assessment methods have been adopted by colleges, universities, and professional schools throughout the US and Europe, educating students in Liberal Arts, Natural and Life Sciences, as well as Business, Public Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Social Work, Engineering, Nursing, and Education schools. Dr. Peet also works with non-profit and business organizations to create succession planning and talent management strategies that leverage the vast reservoir of hidden knowledge, skills and intelligence that exists within their employees, clients and communities.





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    5. Lecture on Karl Marx

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    Lecture to second year undergraduate students at Cambridge University in 2001 by Alan Macfarlane on some aspects of the work of Karl Marx. For the background, downloadble version, readings etc. please see alanmacfarlane.com

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    Answering Interstellar Calls | Shelley Wright | TEDxDonovanCorrectional

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    We have a tangible possibility of making contact with alien civilizations in our lifetimes. Scientists are now exploring new search strategies for finding other intelligent life in the Universe. What would such a discovery mean to you?

    My love for astronomy started as a child. Combined with my passion for learning new things, I forged a career that focuses on building new instruments to observe the Universe. I conduct scientific experiments that search for signals from extraterrestrial intelligence. I encourage the science community and the world to join this pursuit, believing that finding other life in the Universe will greatly enrich our lives on Earth.

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    Nicholas Christakis: The Sociological Science Behind Social Networks and Social Influence

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    If You're So Free, Why Do You Follow Others? The Sociological Science Behind Social Networks and Social Influence.

    Nicholas Christakis, Professor of Medical Sociology, Medicine, and Sociology at Harvard University

    If you think you're in complete control of your destiny or even your own actions, you're wrong. Every choice you make, every behavior you exhibit, and even every desire you have finds its roots in the social universe. Nicholas Christakis explains why individual actions are inextricably linked to sociological pressures; whether you're absorbing altruism performed by someone you'll never meet or deciding to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge, collective phenomena affect every aspect of your life. By the end of the lecture Christakis has revealed a startling new way to understand the world that ranks sociology as one of the most vitally important social sciences.

    The Floating University
    Originally released September 2011.

    Additional Lectures:
    Michio Kaku: The Universe in a Nutshell


    Joel Cohen: An Introduction to Demography (Malthus Miffed: Are People the Problem?)


    Steven Pinker: Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain

    Leon Botstein: Art Now (Aesthetics Across Music, Painting, Architecture, Movies, and More.)


    Tamar Gendler: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Politics and Economics

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    Introduction to Sociology - Power and Class

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    Harvey Molotch Introduction to Sociology

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    Smoking: Applying the Sociological Imagination

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    A Sociological perspective project that examines the issue of smoking in several countries including Taiwan, Nigeria, Germany, and the US. We analyze smoking as it relates to culture, and ask if smoking is considered a deviant act or not.

    Credits: Erin Wei, Arianne Jones, and Kevin Vela

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