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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    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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    Sociology Lesson 1- Introduction to Sociology

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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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    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 - Max Weber

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    What Is Sociology?

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    From the Introducing Sociology DVD
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    Sociological Imagination

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    This video is an introduction of C. Wright Mills concept of the sociological imagination. Understanding and being able to exercise the sociological imagination helps us understand the relationship between the individual and society. Mills focuses on the distinction of personal troubles and public issues. For example, exercising is not just a personal behavior but is vastly influenced by society. The example of obesity in the United States is used to help explain this concept. Further examination of the sociological imagination can be found on page 6 in the text Sociology 2e by OpenStax College.

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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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    What is Environmental Sociology

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    This video provides a brief discussion of the field of environmental sociology.

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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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    Sociological Imagination

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    This video discusses the sociological imagination

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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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    How to Do a Presentation - 5 Steps to a Killer Opener

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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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    Macro sociology

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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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    Sociological Imagination

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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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    Fashioning a Future Through Sociological Understanding | Haajima Degia | TEDxBridgetown

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    Dr. Degia makes a case for greater emphasis to be placed on the social sciences. She believes that their insights can provide a better understanding of how our society is made up; perhaps revealing uncomfortable truths. But what story do these uncomfortable truths weave and can they help us to begin to move forward as a society?

    Haajima Degia is a Barbadian sociologist with research interests in identity, race, ethnicity, migration, multiculturalism, diasporas and gender. She currently teaches Sociology at the Barbados Community College and is a part-time lecturer in Sociology at the UWI Cave Hill Campus. She holds an MA in International Studies and Development from Ohio University. She was a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship in 2005 and in 2006 she was awarded the International Peace Scholarship for Women. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology) from UWI Cave Hill in 2014. Her groundbreaking research focuses on identity construction among ethnic Gujarati Indians in Barbados. She continues to engage in research linked to ethnicity and the intersection of social class, race and gender and how these categories work in the construction and maintenance of social boundaries.

    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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    Sociology Lesson 3 Sociological Perspectives

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    C1: What is Sociology?

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    An introductory screencast for component one of the eduqas A level. The video explores the question 'What is sociology?' and the 'sociological imagination'.

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    Introduction to Sociology: The Sociological Imagination

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    Part of a first lecture in Sociology

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    Sample Lecture – Medical Sociology

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    The 7 secrets of the greatest speakers in history | Richard Greene | TEDxOrangeCoast

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    This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Never give a “Speech”, says Richard Greene. In this masterful talk, he explains how the great speakers in history use 7 secrets and how we can all become a great speaker by following these secrets and by not just giving a speech but rather creating conversations from the heart.

    Richard has dedicated himself to creating new paradigms in Public Speaking, Politics, and even our understanding of God

    Called The Master of Charisma by The Sunday Times, Richard quit his law practice to coach Presidents, Prime Ministers, Senators, Governors, CEOs, Royalty and celebrities in 44 countries. Chief Judge on TLC's The Messengers, Author, Words That Shook The World: 100 Years of Unforgettable Speeches and Events.

    Richard Studied Political Science in The US and UK, ran for Congress in 1992, advises countless political leaders, hosted Hollywood CLOUT, a live Hollywood Meets Politics talk show on Air America Radio for 3 years, blogs for The Huffington Post, created the non-partisan, celebrity driven Choose YOUR America campaign and The 2014 Midterm Election 'Answer-Thon' to increase political engagement in America.


    About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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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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    The Sociological Imagination: The Promise

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    This video is for sociology
    Link to guided notes

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    Samajshashtra Ka Parichaye Part 1

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    Samajshashtra Ka Parichaye Part 1
    Dr. Deepti Shrivastava
    For Student of Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University ,Bhopal
    B.A. 1st year , Sociology , 1st Paper, Published By -EMPRC, MPBOU

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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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    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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    How Arianna Williamss NYU Dream Came True

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    After receiving NYU's MLK Scholarship, Arianna Williams knew her NYU dream could become a reality. And then, using the Scholly app, she was able to access even more money to help fund her college experience.

    NYU offers free student access to Scholly—a search tool that helps connect users with average scholarship awards between $500 and $1,000. Sign up now at app.myscholly.com/NYU.

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    Introduction to Anthropology of Food, part 1

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    Some logistics on the class!

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    Sociology 120: Sociology of Everyday Life - Lecture 1 of 2

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    Sociology of Everyday Life

    Gregg Robinson's Class
    Fall 2015
    Tue/Thu 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

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    Is Imagination the Key to Saving Mother Earth? | Olya Esipova | TEDxUNYP

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    Now, in the time of numerous social, political and economical problems we rarely think about environmental issues although nature is the basis of our existence. Learn about the world’s most bizarre Saiga antelope and why imagination is just the beginning of the solution.

    Olya Esipova is a Psychology student at University of New York in Prague from Uzbekistan, Central Asia. Winner of the Young Conservation Leadership Award she is an active member of the Saiga Conservation Alliance (SCA), a network of researchers and conservationists protecting the critically endangered Saiga Antelope. She is a passionate conservationist, and has been involved in wildlife protection since childhood having come from a family of dedicated biologists. Fortunate enough to have been given access to the most stunning wildlife throughout even remote regions of Uzbekistan sparked her interest for volunteering with wildlife sites and in local communities. Olya also discovered a deep fascination as well with human nature itself, which is why she chose to study Psychology.

    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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    SOC3324 Functionalist Explanations for Social Stratification

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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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    Nicholas Christakis: The hidden influence of social networks

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    We're all embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and more. Nicholas Christakis tracks how a wide variety of traits -- from happiness to obesity -- can spread from person to person, showing how your location in the network might impact your life in ways you don't even know.

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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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    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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    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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