Sociology


Sociology

Education Theory and Policy

In this course, Dr Matthew Cole (University of Birmingham) introduces some key aspects of education theory and policy. In the first module, we explore consensus theories, most notably Talcott Parson’s views on schooling as the means by which...

4 lectures

0:36:20

Dr Matthew Cole

Birmingham University

Sociology

Global Population Growth

In this course, Professor Ian Goldin (University of Oxford) considers the causes, consequences and future of global population growth, centring on a single key question – is the planet full? In the first module, we explore global population growth...

4 lectures

0:33:31

Prof. Ian Goldin

Oxford University

Sociology

Education and Gender

In this course, Dr Sam Shields (Newcastle University) explores the ways in which gender shapes educational experiences and attainment. In the first module, we think about how gender has influenced patterns of schooling historically, with a...

5 lectures

0:30:04

Dr Sam Shields

Newcastle University

Sociology

The Sociology of Religion

In this course, Professor Chris Shilling (University of Kent) provides an introduction to the sociology of religion. In the first module, we ask why sociologists continue to study religion despite the dominance for many decades of secularisation...

5 lectures

1:07:49

Prof. Chris Shilling

Kent University

Sociology

Educational Attainment and Inequality

In this course, Dr Matthew Cole (University of Birmingham) explores patterns of differential educational attainment along class, gender, and ethnic lines. In the first module, we consider three sets of factors shaping unequal attainment –...

4 lectures

0:31:58

Dr Matthew Cole

Birmingham University

Sociology

The History of Childhood

In this course, Professor Hugh Cunningham (University of Kent) explores the historical development of childhood from the early modern period to the present. In the first module, we consider Philippe Ariès’ hugely influential insights regarding the...

5 lectures

0:52:42

Prof. Hugh Cunningham

Kent University

Sociology

The Stephen Lawrence Case

In this course, Dr Anthony Gunter (The Open University) discusses the murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence in a racist attack in London on 22 April 1993, and why the case is considered a watershed moment in the history of race relations in Britain....

4 lectures

0:32:16

Dr Anthony Gunter

Open University

Sociology

Religion and Modernity

In this course, Professor Grace Davie (University of Exeter) considers the relationship between religion and modernity. In the first module, we clarify the meaning of the term “modernity”. In the second and third modules, we look at the different...

6 lectures

0:42:08

Prof. Grace Davie

Exeter University

Sociology

Quantitative Methods in Education Research

In this course, Professor Stephen Gorard (Durham University) explores the use of numerical data in education research. In the first module, we think about why numbers are important in sociology and whether the distinction between qualitative and...

5 lectures

1:09:07

Prof. Stephen Gorard

Durham University

Sociology

New Religious Movements

In this course, Professor Eileen Barker (London School of Economics) explores the characteristics of New Religious Movements (NRMs) and their relationship to wider society. The first module looks at terminologies associated with new religions,...

5 lectures

0:48:15

Prof. Eileen Barker

London School of Economics

Sociology

Feminist Social Research Methods

In this course, Professor Gayle Letherby (University of Plymouth) explores ideas and methods associated with feminist social research. In the first module, we consider feminist critiques of traditional sociological research. In the second, we look...

6 lectures

0:52:09

Prof. Gayle Letherby

Plymouth University

Sociology

Marxist Social Theory

In this course, Dr Ross Abbinnett (University of Birmingham) explores Karl Marx’s theory of society. In the first module, we consider Marx’s analysis of labour, its importance to humanity, and alienation from labour under capitalism. In the...

5 lectures

1:03:42

Dr Ross Abbinnett

Birmingham University

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