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Sociology

Objectivity in Social Research

In this course, Professor Martyn Hammersley (The Open University) explores the concept of objectivity within sociology and social research. In the first module, we think about the development of the concept from the early twentieth century and...

7 lectures

0:30:31

Prof. Martyn Hammersley

Open University

Sociology

Prisons, Punishment and Penology

In this course, Dr David Scott (The Open University) explores key philosophical and sociological approaches to prisons, punishment and penology. In the first module, we introduce some key areas of interest within penology, looking especially at...

6 lectures

1:16:55

Dr David Scott

Open University

Sociology

Family Policy in Britain

In this course, Professor Pat Thane (Birkbeck, University of London) explores family policy in Britain since the 1960s. In the first module, we set the context by thinking about some key features of family life prior to the 1960s. In the second,...

6 lectures

0:43:51

Prof. Pat Thane

Birkbeck College, London

Sociology

Modernity and Postmodernity

In this course, Dr Ross Abbinnett (University of Birmingham) explores notions of modernity and postmodernity in sociological theory. In the first module, we consider the meaning of modernity and its characteristics. In the second, we look at...

5 lectures

0:58:51

Dr Ross Abbinnett

Birmingham University

Sociology

Crime Statistics

In this course, Dr Stephanie Fohring (Northumbria University) provides an introduction to crime statistics. In the first module, we think about the subjective nature of crime, and the strengths and limitations of quantitative data (e.g. crime...

5 lectures

0:45:36

Dr Stephanie Fohring

Northumbria University

Sociology

Situational Crime Prevention

In this course, Professor Kate Bowers (University College, London) explores the theory and practice of situational crime prevention (SCP). In the first module, we think about the role of situation and opportunity in crime, including the important...

5 lectures

0:51:33

Prof. Kate Bowers

UCL

Sociology

Marxist and Critical Approaches to Education

In this course, Dr Eric Lybeck (University of Manchester) explores Marxist and critical approaches to education. In the first module, we consider some classical theories of education and its role in society, such as those of Karl Marx, Max Weber...

5 lectures

0:29:51

Dr Eric Lybeck

Manchester University

Sociology

The Sociology of Childhood

In this course, Professor Karen Wells (Birkbeck, University of London) explores the sociology of childhood. In the first module, we think about the idea is childhood is socially constructed, before moving on in the second module to consider the...

7 lectures

1:09:18

Prof. Karen Wells

Birkbeck College, London

Sociology

Sociological Theories of the Family

In this course, Dr Vicki Harman (University of Surrey) explores the sociology of the family. In the first module, we think about the different ways in which we might define the word 'family', as well as considering some of the alternative concepts...

6 lectures

0:39:03

Dr Vicki Harman

Surrey University

Sociology

Theories of Global Development

In this course, Professor Katie Willis (Royal Holloway, University of London) explores theories of global development. In the first module, we look at development as a contested concept, and at some of the ways it has been defined and measured. In...

6 lectures

1:01:33

Prof. Katie Willis

Royal Holloway, London

Sociology

Marxism and Religion

In this course, Dr Paul-François Tremlett (The Open University) explores Marxist approaches to religion. In the first module, we provide a broad introduction to Marx himself, before turning in the second module to explore what Marx said about...

5 lectures

0:56:22

Dr Paul-François Tremlett

Open University

Sociology

Women, Gender and Religion

In this course, Professor Linda Woodhead (Lancaster University) explores religion through the lens of feminism/gender studies. In the first module, we explore some classic feminist critiques of Christianity, including the work of Elizabeth Cady...

7 lectures

0:54:12

Prof. Linda Woodhead

Lancaster University

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