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Sociology


Participant Observation

Participant Observation

Sociological Methods in Action

Some research questions can only really be studied by sociologists getting out of their offices and interacting directly with the people they want to study. Starting with the famous Chicago school of sociology, this film looks at some classic...Show More
Questionnaires and Interviews

Questionnaires and Interviews

Sociological Methods in Action

How do school students negotiate the pressures to perform well academically alongside the pressure to be popular and cool? Carolyn Jackson combined questionnaires and interviews to research this question and this film uses her study, Lads and...Show More
Case Studies

Case Studies

Sociological Methods in Action

If you go and see your doctor or a therapist, you'll become a case to them. They'll want to know a lot more about you. Similarly, sociological case studies involve putting a social group, an event, or a place 'under the microscope'. This film...Show More
The Ethics of Abortion: When Does Life Begin?

The Ethics of Abortion: When Does Life Begin?

The controversies surrounding abortion involve a clash between two fundamental rights: the right of the unborn child, or foetus, and the rights of the mother. This video begins with the storm created by leading case of Roe vs Wade and then...Show More
The Cannibal on Bus 1170: Rethinking Moral Panics

The Cannibal on Bus 1170: Rethinking Moral Panics

When Vincent Li murdered and then cannibalised 22-year-old Tim McLean on a Greyhound bus heading for Winnipeg, the shock waves ran through Canadian society. But when Li was found unfit to face trial and later released, shock turned to outrage and...Show More
Space, Place, and Windows

Space, Place, and Windows

Social Theory and Crime

This short film introduces environmental criminology—the idea that social spaces are more than just a simple background to our behaviour. It covers Zimbardo's 'Anonymity of Place' experiment, broken windows, zero tolerance policing, Giuliani...Show More
Strain Theory

Strain Theory

Social Theory and Crime

This clip explores both the historical and contemporary relevance of strain theory to our understanding of the relationship between crime and consumption. The film covers Merton’s strain theory, Venkatesh's Gang Leader for A Day, the strengths...Show More
Labelling Theory

Labelling Theory

Social Theory and Crime

The film examines primary and secondary deviance, considers a contemporary example inspired by labelling (restorative justice) and is a primer for understanding Interactionist approaches to crime. The film covers primary and secondary deviance,...Show More
Part 7: Situational Crime Prevention

Part 7: Situational Crime Prevention

Sociology Short Cuts: Crime and Deviance

In this video, sociologist Kate Painter explains how some forms of crime can be effectively managed through the control of physical space. The video uses Painter and Farrinfton's seminal Stoke-on-Trent street-lighting study to demonstrate the...Show More
Part 5: Policing the Night

Part 5: Policing the Night

Sociology Short Cuts: Crime and Deviance

The concept of social control is an important one in the sociology of crime and deviance. This video, featuring contributions from Phil Hadfield and Simon Winlow, co-authors of "Bouncers", looks at how social control in the night-time economy is...Show More
Part 1: Moral Panics

Part 1: Moral Panics

Sociology Short Cuts: Crime and Deviance

A short film examining the concepts of moral panic and deviancy amplification through both a classic and contemporary lens. Stan Cohen talks about the origins and implications of his concept in the context of mods and rockers in the early 1960s...Show More
Part 6: Hate Crime

Part 6: Hate Crime

Sociology Short Cuts: Crime and Deviance

Hate crime is being brought into increasingly-sharp relief with the widespread emergence of new social media. In this introductory video Neil Chakraborti, a leading researcher in this area, takes you through the main ideas you need to grasp in...Show More
Part 4: Gender and Crime

Part 4: Gender and Crime

Sociology Short Cuts: Crime and Deviance

One of the most consistent features of modern industrialised societies is the gendering of crime and criminality. Not only is most crime committed by men, there are also marked differences in the respective types of crime committed by males and...Show More
Part 2: Functions of Crime

Part 2: Functions of Crime

Sociology Short Cuts: Crime and Deviance

The notion that something with "negative" connotations, such as crime, can have "positive" consequences for both individuals and societies may be counter-intuitive, but it is an important aspect of Durkheim's sociological analysis of crime and...Show More
Part 3: Crimes of the Powerful

Part 3: Crimes of the Powerful

Sociology Short Cuts: Crime and Deviance

This programme illustrates how crimes committed by powerful social actors differ in terms of both their type - the distinction between white-collar, corporate, and state crime for example - and extent; how and why such criminality differs from...Show More
Introducing Sociology: Core Concepts

Introducing Sociology: Core Concepts

This engaging video resource explores the core sociological concepts such of sociological problems, the sociological imagination, social construction, culture, socialisation, and identity. Not only will it help students get into sociology, but...Show More
Families and Social Change

Families and Social Change

Examiners want students to write about aspects of contemporary family life, but their textbooks remain stuck in the past. This excellent video resource consolidates and updates student knowledge by igniting their interest in some current issues...Show More
Lifestyle Factors

Lifestyle Factors

Influences on Health and Wellbeing

So much of our health and wellbeing comes down to how we treat our bodies every day. With the pace of life in our modern day society increasing all the time, it is often easy to overlook how our health might be suffering as a consequence. This...Show More
Psychological Factors

Psychological Factors

Influences on Health and Wellbeing

Wellbeing is not just about a healthy body – it is critical to maintain a healthy and active mind as well. There are many psychological factors that contribute to an individual’s state of health, and maintaining perspective and balance is...Show More
The Changing Role of Women in the UK

The Changing Role of Women in the UK

The 20th century saw enormous change for women in the home, at work and in social values. Even with legislation to ensure equal pay for equal work; sexual discrimination outlawed and a female former Prime Minister we still ask, "Are women equal...Show More
Women's Rights: Raising the Glass Ceiling

Women's Rights: Raising the Glass Ceiling

Global Issues Series

The term 'women's rights' refers to the freedoms and entitlements of women across the globe. On many levels, women today can do anything men can do. From politics to law, business to government, there are many examples of women successfully...Show More
Carolyn Jackson: Lads and Ladettes in School

Carolyn Jackson: Lads and Ladettes in School

Classic Collection

What motivates laddish behaviour? Are girls becoming more laddish? And if so, why? In this programme, Carolyn Jackson talks about the origins, methodologies, findings and the implications of her work into these contemporary issues for teachers...Show More
Social Factors

Social Factors

Influences on Health and Wellbeing

Humans are social animals and all seven billion of us on the planet engage in, and require, social interaction to maintain a balanced and healthy existence. Those with whom we interact range from family and close friends to different community...Show More
The Physical Environment

The Physical Environment

Influences on Health and Wellbeing

Environmental health goes beyond monitoring and managing the physical environment. It spans areas of public health issues, such as noise and visual pollution, waste disposal and pest control and is a major, yet often subtle influence on the...Show More
Research Methods Made Accessible: Researching Health

Research Methods Made Accessible: Researching Health

Health and life chances aren't distributed equally. On average, people from poorer backgrounds have significantly higher rates of illness than people from professional classes. So what might be causing these health inequalities? To explore big...Show More