Online Videos

The list below are links to free, online videos from around the web. These videos provide resources for use in the classroom or for investigating new ideas in sociology and criminology. Videos might provide critical sociological or criminological analysis of a subject, a new way of thinking about a concept, an exploration of research methods, or an opportunity to apply your own sociological imagination. Please note that by including these links, the University of Florida Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law does not necessarily endorse all content; instead, we hope to provide resources for our current professors and instructors and to promote public engagement with sociology and criminology.

Title & DescriptionPublisher & Video InfoCategories
Adam Foss: A prosecutor's vision for a better justice system

"When a kid commits a crime, the US justice system has a choice: prosecute to the full extent of the law, or take a step back and ask if saddling young people with criminal records is the right thing to do every time. In this searching talk, Adam Foss, a prosecutor with the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Boston, makes his case for a reformed justice system that replaces wrath with opportunity, changing people's lives for the better instead of ruining them." - TED.com
TED2016
2016
16 minutes
Criminal Justice, Incarceration, Juvenile Justice, Law
Alice Dreger: Is anatomy destiny?

"Alice Dreger works with people at the edge of anatomy, such as conjoined twins and intersexed people. In her observation, it's often a fuzzy line between male and female, among other anatomical distinctions. Which brings up a huge question: Why do we let our anatomy determine our fate?" - TED.com
TEDxNorthwesternU
2010
19 minutes
Biology, Gender, Intersexed People, Medicine, Sex
Alienation

"This video focuses on the concept of alienation and its four different types as described by Karl Marx. The four different types are:
Alienation from the Product
Alienation from the Process
Alienation from Others
Alienation from Self
Additionally, the video gives a brief explanation of the two social classes as defined by Marx- the Bourgeoisie and the Proletariat. The idea of a bread maker versus working in a bread factory is used to illustrate this idea." - Sociology Live!
Sociology Live!
2015
5 minutes
Alienation, Capitalism, Conflict Theory, Introduction to Sociology, Marxism, Social Theory, Work
Andreas Ekström: The moral bias behind your search results

"Search engines have become our most trusted sources of information and arbiters of truth. But can we ever get an unbiased search result? Swedish author and journalist Andreas Ekström argues that such a thing is a philosophical impossibility. In this thoughtful talk, he calls on us to strengthen the bonds between technology and the humanities, and he reminds us that behind every algorithm is a set of personal beliefs that no code can ever completely eradicate." - TED.com
TEDxOslo
2015
9 minutes
Bias, Digital Technologies, Knowledge, Media, Power Relations, Social Theory
Applied Sociology Career in Health and Ageing: Dr Sue Malta

"Dr Sue Malta works as a Research Fellow for the National Ageing Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, as well working as a researcher with the Royal Freemason's Homes Victoria. Sue is also the co-editor of Nexus, the newsletter of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA). In our video, Sue discusses how she came to sociology as a 'late life learner.' She talks about how she uses the skills from her PhD in her current roles. She also reflects on why undertaking an internship and publishing throughout her degree helped her career." - Sociology at Work
Sociology at Work
2013
18 minutes
Aging, Applied Sociology, Health, Medical Sociology
Applied Sociology Career in Research & Evaluation: Dr Yoland Wadsworth

"Dr Yoland Wadsworth is one of Australia's prominent applied sociologists. An applied sociologist is a practitioner who works outside academia. Dr Wadsworth has led a distinguished 42 year career, working on several community service and health projects both at the local and state levels. In this video, she discusses how her research has shaped children's services, mental health delivery and helped the not-for-profit sector. Dr Wadsworth also provides practical examples of how she has used sociological theories and methods as part of her everyday work." - Sociology at Work
Sociology at Work
2013
20 minutes
Applied Sociology, Evaluation Research
Applied Sociology: Theory, Methods & Work Beyond Universities

"Brief overview of sociology theory and methods as well as the work of applied sociologists. This video introduces Sociology at Work, an international network that promotes the professional excellence of sociology practitioners who work outside universities. We also support the career planning of sociology students." - Sociology at Work
Sociology at Work
2013
7 minutes
Applied Sociology, Sociological Theory
The Artist in Capitalism

"To be an artist in modern capitalism means trying to turn the content of one's soul into money. That can be a challenge. Sympathy - and consoling laughter - are required." - The School of Life
The School of Life
2015
4 minutes
Capitalism, Culture, Work
Asexuality | First Person #13 | PBS Digital Studios

"In the thirteenth episode of PBS Digital Studios' First Person, “Asexuality,” host Kristin Russo talks with Kara Kratcha, a student of English literature and writer who identifies as grey ace (asexual) and genderqueer. Kara recently completed her senior thesis on asexuality in Sherlock fan fiction and will soon be attending a Master of Library Sciences program." - First Person
PBS First Person
2015
7 minutes
Asexuality, Sexualities
bell hooks + Kevin Powell - Black Masculinity: Threat or Threatened

"Join bell hooks and Kevin Powell in a discussion about black masculinity in popular culture today. Kevin Powell is an activist, writer, public speaker and entrepreneur. For more than three decades, bell hooks (née Gloria Watkins) has been recognized internationally as a scholar, poet, author, and radical thinker. The dozens of books and articles she has published span several genres, including cultural and political analyses and critiques, personal memoirs, poetry collections, and children's books. Her writings cover topics of gender, race, class, spirituality, teaching, and the significance of media in contemporary culture. bell hooks is scholar-in-residence at The New School. This fall is her fifth and final week-long visit in a three-year residency." - The New School
The New School
2015
99 minutes
Culture, Gender, Intersectionality, Masculinities, Media, Pop Culture, Race & Racism
bell hooks + Marci Blackman + Darnell Moore: Moving from Pain to Power: Confronting Loss

"Join bell hooks, Marci Blackman, and Darnell Moore in a discussion on confronting loss and moving from pain to power. Marci Blackman is an author, her first novel, Po Man’s Child, received the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award for Best Fiction and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award for Best New Fiction. Her second novel, Tradition was noted as one of Band of Thebes best books of 2013. Darnell L. Moore is a Senior Editor at MicNews and Co-Managing/Editor at The Feminist Wire. Along with NFL player Wade Davis II, he co-founded YOU Belong, a social good company focused on the development of diversity initiatives. For more than three decades, bell hooks (née Gloria Watkins) has been recognized internationally as a scholar, poet, author, and radical thinker. The dozens of books and articles she has published span several genres, including cultural and political analyses and critiques, personal memoirs, poetry collections, and children's books. Her writings cover topics of gender, race, class, spirituality, teaching, and the significance of media in contemporary culture." - The New School
The New School
2015
91 minutes
Class, Culture, Gender, Grief, Intersectionality, Pop Culture, Race & Racism
Black Lives Matter 101: A Comprehensive Course in Black Social Movements

A series of "classes" featuring panels of scholars and activists to examine Black social movements. "Topics include the role of faith in advancing social movements, the relationship of the 'new' civil rights movement to nascent social movements, the role of technology and new media in controlling and creating new narratives in justice movements, the global efforts to advance justice for Black people worldwide, and the critical need for more action in the realms of health and environmental justice." - The New School
The New School
2016
5 videos
Civil Rights, Collective Action, Digital Media, Environmental Justice, Race, Racism, Religion, Social Media, Social Movements
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

"The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to shed light on the Black Panther Party — and all its reviled, adored, misunderstood, and mythologized history." - PBS
Stanley Nelson, PBS Independent Lens
2016
115 minutes
Civil Rights, Class, Collective Action, Race, Racism, Social Movements
Breaking the Binary | First Person #11 | PBS Digital Studios

"In the eleventh episode of PBS Digital Studios' First Person, “Breaking the Binary,” host Kristin Russo talks with Tyler Ford, a 24-year-old NYC-based non-binary transgender writer, LGBTQA consultant, model, and personality." - First Person
PBS First Person
2015
6 minutes
Gender, LGBTQ+, Sexualities
Bringing Sociology to the Media: Robin Hadley

"Robin Hadley a PhD student from Keele University in the UK. Robin's thesis is about the experiences of childless men. His work has attracted a lot of media attention. Robin spoke with Sociology at Work about the policy applications of his thesis, and he gave some practical tips for students looking to engage the media about their research." - Sociology at Work
Sociology at Work
2014
34 minutes
Applied Sociology, Gender, Media Engagement
Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice

"In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness." - TED.com
TED2012
2012
24 minutes
Crime, Criminal Justice, Incarceration, Mass Incarceration, Race & Racism
Is Capitalism Bad For You? – 8-Bit Philosophy

Explains Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic & the Spirit of Capitalism using video games to illustrate concepts.
Wisecrack
2015
4 minutes
Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Introduction to Sociology, Social Theory, Weberian Theory
Conflict Theory

"Conflict theory observes how the unrest in a society will cause it to change and evolve to relieve the tension." - Sydney Brown
Sydney Brown
2013
5 minutes
Conflict Theory, Introduction to Sociology, Social Theory
The Criminalization of Black Youth in the Classroom

"Last year, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released a report that revealed shocking data about school discipline policies around the country. Nationally, black students are suspended and expelled at a rate three times greater than white students, often starting at an early age. For instance, black children only represent 18% of preschool enrollment, but they represent 48% of preschool children receiving more than one out-of-school. The uneven use of suspension and expulsion is mirrored across K-12.

What are the long-term effects of the overuse and misuse of disciplinary action? How much of a role does it play in the school-to-prison pipeline? Are there policy solutions at the local and federal level should be considered? Join New America in collaboration with Howard University for the third event in "From Moment to Movement," a conversation and essay series on race and policy in America." - New America
New America
2015
80 minutes
Criminalization, Education, Law and Policy, Race, Racism
Cultural Capital

"According to Pierre Bourdieu, cultural capital is the cultural knowledge that serves as the currency that helps us navigate a culture and alters our experiences and the opportunities available to us. This theory focuses on the embodied, objectified and institutionalized states of capital and is significantly important in assisting us in understanding inequality in education and other social structures." - Sociology Live!
Sociology Live!
2015
5 minutes
Class, Culture, Cultural Capital, Introduction to Sociology
Cultures, Subcultures and Countercultures

"What is culture? How do we define it and how does it change? We’ll explore different categories of culture, like low culture, high culture, and sub-cultures. We'll also revisit our founding theories to consider both a structural functionalist and a conflict theory perspective on what cultures mean for society." - CrashCourse
CrashCourse
2017
10 minutes
Culture, Introduction to Sociology
Daphne Koller: What we're learning from online education

"Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free — not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. With Coursera (cofounded by Andrew Ng), each keystroke, quiz, peer-to-peer discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed." - TED.com
TEDGlobal 2012
2012
21 minutes
Academics, Education, Higher Education, Internet, Knowledge, Pedagogy
Differences in divorce rates help uncover the causes

"Philip Cohen narrates in this animated infographic explaining how a variety of factors influence the divorce rate, and how it plays out among different social groups." - Norton Sociology
Norton Sociology
2014
1 minute
Families, Introduction to Sociology, Marriage
A Discussion with Prof Kathy Charmaz on Grounded Theory

A discussion with Kathy Charmaz, author of Constructing Grounded Theory, about her methods and process. This talk focuses on concepts from her book, including some of the challenges and insights of doing grounded theory research.
Graham R. Gibbs
2013
58 minutes
Grounded Theory, Qualitative Methods, Research Methods
Do Mass Media Create Social Norms or Merely Reflect Them?

Thinking about mass media and culture, from Dalton Conley's You May Ask Yourself.
Norton Sociology
2013
2 minutes
Culture, Introduction to Sociology, Mass Media
Dorothy Roberts: The problem with race-based medicine

"Social justice advocate and law scholar Dorothy Roberts has a precise and powerful message: Race-based medicine is bad medicine. Even today, many doctors still use race as a medical shortcut; they make important decisions about things like pain tolerance based on a patient's skin color instead of medical observation and measurement. In this searing talk, Roberts lays out the lingering traces of race-based medicine — and invites us to be a part of ending it." - TED.com
TEDMED 2015
2015
15 minutes
Medical Sociology, Race & Racism, Social Change
Dramaturgy (Dramaturgical Analysis)

"Erving Goffmann’s theory compares life and the roles we play as a theatrical performance. People have specific roles that they have been socialized to play. Each person also has a specific types of performances known as the Front-Stage Self and Back-Stage Self. This video also describes how people engage in impression management." - Sociology Live!
Sociology Live!
2015
3 minutes
Dramaturgy, Introduction to Sociology, Social Theory, Symbolic Interactionism
Dubois & Race Conflict

"We’re continuing our exploration of conflict theories with W.E.B. Dubois, who is one of the founders of sociological thought more broadly and the founder of race-conflict theory. We’ll discuss shifting ideas about race, Dubois’ idea of ‘double-consciousness’, and the modern day field of racial identity. We’ll explore the idea racial formation and discuss Dubois’ survey of African Americans in Philadelphia to look at how economic, political, and social structures affect how we perceive different races – and vice versa. We’ll also discuss the activist side of Dubois’ life as co-founder of the NAACP and editor of the Crisis, and how modern day sociologists study racial politics and racial resistance." - CrashCourse
CrashCourse
2017
11 minutes
Conflict Theory, Introduction to Sociology, Race and Racism, Social Theory
Emile Durkheim on Suicide & Society

"Now that we’ve talked a little bit about how sociology works, it’s time to start exploring some of the ideas of the discipline’s founders. First up: Émile Durkheim. We’ll explain the concept of social facts and how Durkheim framed sociology as a science. We’ll introduce the idea of common consciousness and how Durkheim believed it binds society together. We’ll also talk about Durkheim’s studies on suicide and how he applied his concepts to a specific social problem." - CrashCourse
CrashCourse
2017
10 minutes
Introduction to Sociology, Social Theory, Structural Functionalism
Environmental Racism

"Environmental Racism is the way in which minority groups are burdened with a disproportionate number of hazards, including toxic waste facilities, garbage dumps, and other sources of environmental pollution. Multiple examples are given including visual examples, the development of e-waste across the world and the health issues pertaining to environmental racism." - Sociology Live!
Sociology Live!
2015
5 minutes
Environmental Sociology, Introduction to Sociology, Public Health, Race and Racism
Erving Goffman and the Performed Self

"Do you have a fixed character? Or do you play many roles depending on the situation?

Erving Goffman argued that we display a series of masks to others, enacting roles, controlling and staging how we appear and constantly trying to set ourselves in the best light. If this is true do we have a true self or are we endlessly performing?" - BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
2015
2 minutes
Dramaturgy, Introduction to Sociology, Social Theory, Symbolic Interactionism
Feminine Beauty: A social construct?

"Simone de Beauvoir: Resistance to male stereotypes of beauty can mean greater equality. Narrated by Harry Shearer." - BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
2014
2 minutes
Feminist Theory, Gender, Social Theory
Functionalism

"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." - Sydney Brown
Sydney Brown
2013
6 minutes
Functionalism, Introduction to Sociology, Social Theory
The future of race in America: Michelle Alexander at TEDxColumbus

Michelle Alexander, activist, lawyer, and author of The New Jim Crow, speaks on the mass incarceration of poor people of color, racial bias in our criminal justice system, and the treatment of previously incarcerated people in our society.
TEDxColumbus
2013
23 minutes
Civil Rights, Criminal Justice System, Mass Incerceration, Poverty, Race & Racism
Is Gender REAL? – 8-Bit Philosophy

Provides an overview of gender and gender theory, with emphasis on Judith Butler, as explained by video games.
Wisecrack
2015
4 minutes
Feminist Theory, Gender, Social Theory
Hans Rosling: Global population growth, box by box

"The world's population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years -- and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth. This is the paradoxical answer that Hans Rosling unveils at TED@Cannes using colorful new data display technology (you'll see)." - TED Talks
TED Talks
2010
10 minutes
Capitalism, Demography, Globalization, Population
Harriet Martineau & Gender Conflict Theory

"Today we’re exploring another branch of conflict theory: gender conflict theory, with a look at sociology’s forgotten founder, Harriet Martineau. We’ll also discuss the three waves of feminism, as well as intersectionality." - CrashCourse
CrashCourse
2017
9 minutes
Conflict Theory, Feminist Theory, Intersectionality, Introduction to Sociology, Social Theory
Hillary Cottam: Social services are broken. How can we fix them?

"When a family falls into crisis — and it sometimes happens, thanks to unemployment, drugs, bad relationships and bad luck — the social services system is supposed to step in and help them get back on track. As Hilary Cottam shows, in the UK a typical family in crisis can be eligible for services from more than 70 different agencies, but it's unlikely that any one of them can really make a difference. Cottam, a social entrepreneur herself, asks us to think about the ways we solve deep and complex social problems. How can we build supportive, enthusiastic relationships between those in need and those that provide help?" - TED.com
TEDGlobal>London
2015
17 minutes
Abuse, Families, Family Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Poverty, Social Problems, Social Services
How does gender affect the workplace?

"Philip Cohen narrates in this animation, explaining the "Story Behind the Numbers" on how societal factors contribute to gender inequality in the workplace." - Norton Sociology
Norton Sociology
2014
1 minute
Gender, Introduction to Sociology, Work
Inequality begins at home. Sociology of Families Animation by Dalton Conley

"We think of the family as a haven in a harsh world, but in fact, inequality begins at home. Watch the latest animation from You May Ask Yourself by Dalton Conley." - Norton Sociology
Norton Sociology
2013
2 minutes
Families, Inequalities, Introduction to Sociology, Social Stratification
"Inequality is the result of abundance" -- Paradox Animation by Dalton Conley

"Social Stratification explained. Narrated by sociologist Dalton Conley (author of You May Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking like a Sociologist)." - Norton Sociology
Norton Sociology
2012
2 minutes
Inequalities, Introduction to Sociology, Social Stratification
"It is the deviants among us who hold society together." Paradox animation by Dalton Conley

"Paradox Animation about social deviance and social control from the 3rd Edition of Dalton Conley's book, You May Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking Like a Sociologist." - Norton Sociology
Norton Sociology
2012
1 minute
Deviance, Introduction to Sociology
Jackson Katz: Violence against women -- it's a men's issue

"Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called "women’s issues.” But in this bold, blunt talk, Jackson Katz points out that these are intrinsically men’s issues — and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A clarion call for us all — women and men — to call out unacceptable behavior and be leaders of change." - TED.com
TEDxFiDiWomen
2012
18 minutes
Abuse, Gender, Intimate Partner Violence, Masculinities, Sexual Violence
Jay Smooth: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race

"Jay Smooth is host of New York's longest running hip-hop radio show, the Underground Railroad on WBAI 99.5 FM in NY, and is an acclaimed commentator on politics and culture. In this talk, he discusses the sometimes thorny territory of how we discuss issues of race and racism, offering insightful and humorous suggestions for expanding our perception of the subject." - TEDx
TEDxHampshireCollege
2011
12 minutes
Race & Racism
Jennifer Goldbeck: The curly fry conundrum: Why social media "likes" say more than you might think

"Do you like curly fries? Have you Liked them on Facebook? Watch this talk to find out the surprising things Facebook (and others) can guess about you from your random Likes and Shares. Computer scientist Jennifer Golbeck explains how this came about, how some applications of the technology are not so cute — and why she thinks we should return the control of information to its rightful owners." - TED.com
TEDxMidAtlantic 2013
2013
10 minutes
Digital Technologies, Internet, Media, Privacy, Social Control, Social Media
Joel Cohen: An Introduction to Demography (Malthus Miffed: Are People the Problem?)

"In the next fifty years the world will face population problems that it has never faced before. Billions will live in mega slums without access to clean water or medical care. In his lecture, Professor Joel Cohen teaches you how demography can provide answers to the life or death questions caused by the world's swelling population and dwindling resources. Can we prevent an outcome where wealthy western countries are in permanent population decline, while third world cities into swell into massively overcrowded slums with no access to education, healthcare, or hope?" - Big Think
Big Think
2012
43 minutes
Demography, Inequalities, Populations, Research Methods
Johanna Blakley: Social media and the end of gender

"Media and advertising companies still use the same old demographics to understand audiences, but they're becoming increasingly harder to track online, says media researcher Johanna Blakley. As social media outgrows traditional media, and women users outnumber men, Blakley explains what changes are in store for the future of media." - TED.com
TEDWomen2010
2010
9 minutes
Gender, Internet, Media, Social Media, Women
John McWhorten: Txtng is killing language. JK!!!

"Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there’s much more to texting — linguistically, culturally — than it seems, and it’s all good news." - TED.com
TED2013
2013
14 minutes
Communication, Digital Technologies, Language, Linguistics, Technology
Judith Butler: Your Behavior Creates Your Gender


"Nobody is born one gender or the other, says the philosopher. 'We act and walk and speak and talk in ways that consolidate an impression of being a man or being a woman.'" - Big Think
Big Think
2011
3 minutes
Feminist Theory, Gender, Social Theory
Karl Marx & Conflict Theory

"Today we’ll continue to explore sociology’s founding theorists with a look at Karl Marx and his idea of historical materialism. We’ll discuss modes of production, their development, and how they fit into Marx’s overall theory of historical development, along with class struggle and revolution. We’ll also discuss how Marx’s ideas gave rise to Gramsci’s idea of hegemony, and to conflict theories more generally." - CrashCourse
CrashCourse
2017
11 minutes
Conflict Theory, Introduction to Sociology, Social Theory
Karl Marx on Alienation

"Karl Marx believed that work, at its best, is what makes us human. It allows us to live, be creative and flourish. But under capitalism he saw workers alienated from each other and the product of their labour." - BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
2015
2 minutes
Alienation, Conflict Theory, Introduction to Sociology, Marxism, Social Theory
Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

"Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity." - TED.com
TED2006
2006
20 minutes
Education, Higher Education, Power Relations
Labeling Theory

"Labeling theory is ascribing a behavior as deviant by society. This theory focuses on the reaction to the behavior by society. Primary and Secondary deviance define at what point a person is identified as deviant and how a person responds to being labeled as deviant. The example used is marijuana legalization in the United States." - Sociology Live!
Sociology Live!
2015
5 minutes
Deviance, Introduction to Sociology, Labeling Theory, Social Theory
Major Sociological Paradigms

"we introduce sociology’s three major theoretical paradigms, and some of the advantages and disadvantages of each paradigm." - CrashCourse
CrashCourse
2017
10 minutes
Introduction to Sociology, Social Theory
Max Weber & Modernity

"This week we are wrapping up our overview of sociology’s core frameworks and founding theorists with a look Max Weber and his understanding of the modern world. We’ll explore rationalization and the transition from traditional to modern society. We’ll also discuss bureaucracy, legitimacy, and social stratification in the modern state. Finally, we’ll see why Weber was so worried about the modern world." - CrashCourse
CrashCourse
2017
10 minutes
Bureaucracy, Introduction to Sociology, Social Theory, Weberian Theory
Max Weber and the Protestant Ethic

"How does religion fit with the world of business? Perhaps more closely than you think. The sociologist and economist Max Weber argued that after the Reformation one form of Christian Protestantism, Calvinism, encouraged a different attitude to work, with far-reaching effects." - BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
2015
2 minutes
Capitalism, Introduction to Sociology, Religion, Social Theory, Weberian Theory
On Max Weber, the state, and violence

"According to Weber, authority is based on the implicit threat of violence; however if force is used, all authority is lost. Dalton Conley explains Weber's views of authority, power, and the state in less than 2 minutes." - Norton Sociology
Norton Sociology
2013
2 minutes
Introduction to Sociology, Power, Social Theory, Weberian Theory
McDonaldization

"McDonaldization is a concept written by George Ritzer in his 1993 book The McDonaldization of Society. There are four primary elements that comprise McDonaldization:
Efficiency- finding the best or optimum means to an end.
Calculability- The focus on quantity over quality.
Predictability- Knowing what you are getting from one place to the next.
Control- The focus on non-human control through technology.

Ritzer believed it leads to a deskilling of the workforce. Why have a human do it if a computer can do it efficiently, calculably and predictably every time? Of course, this is meant to be the most rationale system of operation although it might be more irrational." - Sociology Live!
Sociology Live!
2015
4 minutes
Capitalism, Culture, Introduction to Sociology, Social Theory, Weberian Theory
Medical Sociology: Eileen Clark

"Eileen chats with us about what sociology can offer medical fields, with a special focus on nursing. She also talks about her career since giving up teaching full-time. She provides advice for sociology graduates seeking employment in health fields. She also briefly talks about her current work running her own editing and proofreading business for social scientists." - Sociology at Work
Sociology at Work
2014
27 minutes
Applied Sociology, Medical Sociology
Nicholas Christakis: The Sociological Science Behind Social Networks and Social Influence

"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." - Big Think
Big Think
2012
57 minutes
Medical Sociology, Social Networks, Structure/Agency
Noam Chomsky: On Power and Ideology | The New School

"Noam Chomsky discusses the persistent and largely invariant features of U.S. foreign policy — in the words of U.S. planners, "the overall framework of order” — and its intimate relationship with U.S. domestic policy." - The New School
The New School
2015
77 minutes
Ideology, Power, Social Theory
Perspectives on deviance: Differential association, labeling theory, and strain theory

A brief overview of sociological perspectives on deviance, with an emphasis on the symbolic interactionist approach.
khanacademymedicine
2014
7 minutes
Deviance, Introduction to Sociology
PHILOSOPHY - Hegel

"The German philosopher Hegel believed that strange and alien bits of history have much to teach us. He believed story and civilisation do not move in a straight line, so important ideas and attitudes get left behind." - The School of Life
The School of Life
2015
7 minutes
Introduction to Sociology, Social Theory
PHILOSOPHY - Jacques Derrida

"Jacques Derrida was a key philosopher of modern times who made pioneering explorations into the subtexts of our key concepts." - The School of Life
The School of Life
2016
10 minutes
Cultural Studies, Postmodernism, Post-structuralism, Power, Social Theory, Sociology of Knowledge
PHILOSOPHY - Michel Foucault

"Michel Foucault was a philosophical historian who questioned many of our assumptions about how much better the world is today compared with the past. When he looked at the treatment of the mad, at the medical profession and at sexuality, he didn't see the progress that's routinely assumed." - The School of Life
The School of Life
2015
8 minutes
Critical Theory, Postmodernism, Post-structuralism, Power, Prisons, Sexualities, Social Theory, Sociology of Knowledge
PHILOSOPHY - Sartre

"Jean-Paul Sartre explored the problems and joys of being fundamentally free. Existentialism, the belief system with which he is associated, considers the anguish of freedom." - The School of Life
The School of Life
2014
7 minutes
Critical Theory, Social Theory
POLITICAL THEORY - Adam Smith

"Adam Smith was no uncritical apologist for capitalism: he wanted to understand how capitalism could be both fruitful and good." - The School of Life
The School of Life
2014
7 minutes
Capitalism, Economy, Social Theory, Work
POLITICAL THEORY - Karl Marx

"Karl Marx remains deeply important today not as the man who told us what to replace capitalism with, but as someone who brilliantly pointed out certain of its problems. The School of Life, a pro-Capitalist institution, takes a look." - The School of Life
The School of Life
2014
9 minutes
Alienation, Capitalism, Conflict Theory, Economy, Introduction to Sociology, Social Theory
Population pyramids: Powerful predictors of the future - Kim Preshoff

"
Population statistics are like crystal balls -- when examined closely, they can help predict a country's future (and give important clues about the past). Kim Preshoff explains how using a visual tool called a population pyramid helps policymakers and social scientists make sense of the statistics, using three different countries' pyramids as examples." - TED Ed
TED Ed
2014
5 minutes
Demography, Population
PSYCHOTHERAPY - Jacques Lacan

"Jacques Lacan was France’s most famous psychoanalyst, who came up with the intriguing concept of the ‘mirror phase.’" - The School of Life
The School of Life
2016
8 minutes
Critical Theory, Post-structuralism, Psychoanalysis, Social Psychology, Social Theory
PSYCHOTHERAPY - Sigmund Freud

"Sigmund Freud, the inventor of psychoanalysis, appreciated the many ways in which our minds are troubled and anxious. It isn't us in particular: it's the human condition." - The School of Life
The School of Life
2014
7 minutes
Introduction to Sociology, Psychoanalysis, Social Psychology, Social Theory
Race and ethnicity divides college students' dating lives

"In this animated infographic, Sociologist Philip Cohen (University of Maryland) walks us through the story behind the numbers on the racial and ethnic divisions we see among college students and their dating patterns." - Norton Sociology
Norton Sociology
2014
1 minute
Dating, Introduction to Sociology, Race and Racism
Rape in the Fields

"FRONTLINE and Univision partner to tell the story of the hidden price many migrant women working in America’s fields and packing plants pay to stay employed and provide for their families. This investigation is the result of a yearlong reporting effort by veteran FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman, the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, and the Center for Investigative Reporting." - PBS.org
PBS Frontline
2013
54 minutes
Abuse, Gender, Immigration, Migrant Workers, Sexual Violence, Women
Renata Salecl: Our unhealthy obsession with choice

"We face an endless string of choices, which leads us to feel anxiety, guilt and pangs of inadequacy that we are perhaps making the wrong ones. But philosopher Renata Salecl asks: Could individual choices be distracting us from something bigger—our power as social thinkers? A bold call for us to stop taking personal choice so seriously and focus on the choices we're making collectively." - TED.com
TEDGlobal 2013
2013
15 minutes
Capitalism, Ideologies, Social Problems, Social Psychology, Social Theory
Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies

"We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust." - TED.com
TEDGlobal 2011
2011
17 minutes
Capitalism, Class, Economic Inequality, Health
Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

"What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life." - TED.com
TEDxBeaconStreet
2015
13 minutes
Aging, Health, Social Psychology
The School to Prison Pipeline: Criminalizing Black Youth in the Classroom | Video Infographic

This "video infographic" details the facts and figures of the school-to-prison pipeline and disproportionate punishment of children of color. "Last year, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released a report that revealed shocking data about school discipline policies around the country. Nationally, black students are suspended and expelled at a rate three times greater than white students, often starting at an early age. For instance, black children only represent 18% of preschool enrollment, but they represent 48% of preschool children receiving more than one out-of-school. The uneven use of suspension and expulsion is mirrored across K-12." - New America
New America
2015
2 minutes
Criminalization, Education, Law and Policy, Race, Racism
Scientific Method

"This video examines the basic scientific method using the six steps as described in Sociology 2E (OpenStax), pages 31-33.There are six steps to the scientific method:
1. Ask a Question
2. Research existing sources
3. Formulate a Hypothesis
4. Design and Conduct a Study
5. Draw Conclusions
6. Report Results

Understanding the scientific method helps us distinguish sociology from common sense and gives us an insightful picture into how we experience things in groups." - Sociology Live!
Sociology Live!
2015
5 minutes
Introduction to Sociology, Research Methods
Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

"As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication — and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have." - TED.com
TED2012
2012
20 minutes
Internet, Media, Social Media, Social Psychology
Sherry Wolf: The Future of LGBTQ Liberation

"In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, Sherry Wolf spoke at the Socialism 2013 conference about what's next in the LGBTQ movement's fight for equality: trans-inclusiveness, tackling the "youth, queer, homeless crisis" and continuing to expand rights for all, regardless of someone's relationship status, gender expression or sexuality." - The Nation
The Nation
2013
3 minutes
Collective Action, Gender, LGBTQ+, Sexualities, Social Movements
Siyanda Mohutsiwa: How young Africans found a voice on Twitter

"What can a young woman with an idea, an Internet connection and a bit of creativity achieve? That's all Siyanda Mohutsiwa needed to unite young African voices in a new way. Hear how Mohutsiwa and other young people across the continent are using social media to overcome borders and circumstance, accessing something they have long had to violently take: a voice." - TED.com
TED2016
2016
14 minutes
Digital Technologies, Internet, Media, Social Media
Social Construction

Drs. Gwen Sharp and Lisa Wade of Sociological Images give a brief lecture on the importance of social construction.
Sociological Images
2008
11 minutes
Language, Social Construction, Social Theory, Symbols
The social construction of race explained -- Paradox Animation by Dalton Conley

"'Race as we know it has no deterministic, biological basis; all the same, race is so powerful that it can have life-or-death consequences.' Narrated by sociologist Dalton Conley (author of You May Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking like a Sociologist)." - Norton Sociology
Norton Sociology
2013
3 minutes
Introduction to Sociology, Race & Racism
Social Constructionism

"Social constructionism observes how the interactions of individuals with their society and the world around them gives meaning to otherwise worthless things and creates the reality of the society." - Sydney Brown
Sydney Brown
2013
3 minutes
Social Construction, Social Theory
Social Development

"What makes you… you? How did you get to be that way? Today we’re talking about social development, starting with the role of nature and nurture in influencing a person’s development. We’ll discuss socialization, the importance of care & human interaction, as well as theories of development from a range of theorists." - CrashCourse
CrashCourse
2017
10 minutes
Introduction to Sociology, Social Psychology, Socialization, Symbolic Interactionism
Social Interaction & Performance

"How do sociologists study and understand social interaction? Today we’ll explain the language sociologists use to discuss how we interact with the social world. What are statuses and roles? How are they different? How do you acquire them? We’ll talk about why these things matter by exploring the socially constructed nature of reality. We’ll also discuss the theory of dramaturgical analysis and how we can understand social interaction as in terms of theatrical performance." - CrashCourse
CrashCourse
2017
12 minutes
Introduction to Sociology, Social Psychology, Socialization, Symbolic Interactionism
The social paradox of gender

"The biological categories of sex strongly influence the social dynamics of gender; however, the social categories of gender can sometimes determine the biology of sex. Latest animation from Dalton Conley's You May Ask Yourself." - Norton Sociology
Norton Sociology
2013
2 minutes
Gender, Introduction to Sociology, Sex, Sexualities
Social Theories Overview

"An overview of functionalism, conflict theory, social constructionism, and symbolic interactionism to help you keep them all straight." - Sydney Brown
Sydney Brown
2013
4 minutes
Conflict Theory, Functionalism, Introduction to Sociology, Social Construction, Social Theory, Symbolic Interaction
Socialization

"Last week we introduced the idea of socialization and today we’re talking a little more about how it works, including an introduction to five main types of socialization. We’ll explore anticipatory socialization from your family, the “hidden curriculum” in schools, peer groups, the role of media in socialization, and we’ll discuss total institutions and how they can act as a form of re-socialization." - CrashCourse
CrashCourse
2017
10 minutes
Introduction to Sociology, Social Psychology, Socialization
Sociological Imagination

"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." - Sociology Live!
Sociology Live!
2015
6 minutes
Introduction to Sociology, Sociological Imagination
Sociology for Activism: Dr Dan Brook

"Dr Dan Brook is a lecturer in sociology and politics at San Jose State University in the USA, and he is also involved with several social activism communities. This includes support of social causes such as vegetarianism, anti-smoking awareness, global warming, the promotion of peace, and advocating for an increase in living wages. In this Sociology at Work Google+ Hangout, Dan discusses how he uses applied sociology in his social activism and how students might get involved in similar activities as a way of practising sociology, and thinking about their job options." - Sociology at Work
Sociology at Work
2013
15 minutes
Activism, Applied Sociology, Collective Action, Social Movements
The Sociology of Gossip: Elaine Lui at TEDxVancouver

"Lainey isn't looking to impress anyone, especially celebrities. The ETALK Reporter and scribe of the immensely popular celebrity gossip blog, LaineyGossip.com, does what she does for one reason -- to provide a gossip education to the Canadian public. The Toronto-born, self-proclaimed gossip maven got into the gossip game in a very roundabout way. What started as an email to two friends grew to a website with active followers from around the world. More than one million people now read LaineyGossip.com every month, making it a leading international celebrity news source. Elaine's years of experience in the media, celebrity entertainment and blogging space have helped her shape a fascinating TED talk about gossip and it's critical place within modern pop culture." - TEDx
TEDxVancouver
2013
19 minutes
Media, Pop Culture, Social Media
SOCIOLOGY - Alexis De Tocqueville

"Alexis de Tocqueville was a 19th century French aristocrat with some crucial things to tell us about the strengths and weaknesses of that once-new and now widespread political system: democracy." - The School of Life
The School of Life
2015
7 minutes
Democracy, Introduction to Sociology, Political Sociology, Social Theory
SOCIOLOGY - Auguste Comte

"The 19th century thinker Auguste Comte invented a religion without a God in it. It was a fascinating move that deserves to be studied today." - The School of Life
The School of Life
2016
9 minutes
Introduction to Sociology, Social Theory
SOCIOLOGY - Emile Durkheim

"Emile Durkheim was a French 19th century sociologist who focused on what modern capitalism does to our minds - and concluded that it might, quite literally, be driving us to an early grave." - The School of Life

A brief biography of Durkheim and overview of Suicide.
The School of Life
2015
8 minutes
Capitalism, Introduction to Sociology, Social Theory, Structural Functionalism
SOCIOLOGY - Max Weber

"Max Weber explained that modern capitalism was born not because of new technology or new financial instruments. What started it all off was religion." - The School of Life

A brief biography of Weber and an overview of The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.
The School of Life
2015
7 minutes
Capitalism, Introduction to Sociology, Social Theory, Weberian Theory
SOCIOLOGY - Theodor Adorno

"Theodor Adorno was a thinker who worried about what people get up to in their leisure time. He called Walt Disney the most dangerous man in America – and was very against TV…" - The School of Life
The School of Life
2015
8 minutes
Critical Theory, Culture, Introduction to Sociology, Leisure, Social Theory
Sociology Research Methods

"Today we’re talking about how we actually DO sociology. Nicole explains the research method: form a question and a hypothesis, collect data, and analyze that data to contribute to our theories about society." - CrashCourse
CrashCourse
2017
10 minutes
Introduction to Sociology, Research Methods
States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories

This video series captures the States of Incarceration Conference at The New School, including the keynote speech and two conference panels.
The New School
2016
Criminology, Incarceration
Status Anxiety

"Status anxiety is that fear we might get when, at a party, someone asks us what we do for a living." - The School of Life
The School of Life
2014
5 minutes
Capitalism, Consumerism, Cultural Capital, Social Psychology, Status
Stefana Broadbent: How the Internet enables intimacy

"We worry that IM, texting, Facebook are spoiling human intimacy, but Stefana Broadbent's research shows how communication tech is capable of cultivating deeper relationships, bringing love across barriers like distance and workplace rules." - TED.com
TEDGlobal 2009
2009
9 minutes
Internet, Media, Social Media, Social Networks, Social Psychology
Stephen Coleman: Non-lethal weapons, a moral hazard?

"Pepper spray, tasers, tear gas, rubber bullets — these "non-lethal" weapons are being used by more and more local police forces, as well as military forces brought in to control civilian crowds and other situations. Despite their name, non-lethal weapons have been known to cause deaths ... and as Stephen Coleman suggests, there are other, more insidious hazards as well. He explores the complex ethics — and the unexpected consequences — of using non-lethal weapons to control civilians." - TED.com
TEDxCanberra
2011
18 minutes
Criminal Justice, Ethics, Police Force, Policing
STONEWALL: PROFILES OF PRIDE - A Generation Y Gay Activist's Story

"A young, gay activist proves what ordinary people can do during extraordinary times

Heath Tucker had never even been to a protest rally, but when Prop 8 passed, he answered the call to action and never looked back. With the help of Facebook, Tucker and four friends put together a rally in New York that drew over 10,000 people and featured speakers as diverse as NYC Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and actors Daniela Sea and Heather Matarazzo. Tucker and other Generation Y activists are taking the fight for gay rights to the next level. The veterans of Stonewall would be proud." - OURsceneTV
OURsceneTV
2010
3 minutes
Activism, Collective Action, Digital Media, LGBTQ+, Social Media, Social Movements
STONEWALL: PROFILES OF PRIDE - Veterans from the Stonewall Riots of '69

"Before Prop 8, before Pride parades, before PFLAG, there was Stonewall. On June 27, 1969, a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City sparked a rebellion by patrons who just weren't going to take it anymore." - OURsceneTV
OURsceneTV
2010
6 minutes
Activism, Collective Action, LGBTQ+, Social Movements
The Strength of Weak Ties: New animation from Dalton Conley

"It is the people with whom we are the least connected who offer us the most opportunities. Latest animation from Dalton Conley's You May Ask Yourself." - Norton Sociology
Norton Sociology
2013
2 minutes
Introduction to Sociology, Social Networks
Stuart Hall: Cultural Studies and Marxism

"In the third part of his interview with Sut Jhally, Stuart Hall talks about cultural studies' relationship with Marxism - and which questions have been sidelined its influence has waned in the last two decades." - Media Education Foundation Blog
Media Education Foundation Blog
2013
6 minutes
Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Culture, Marxism, Pop Culture
Stuart Hall: Politics' Place in Cultural Studies

"In the second part of Stuart Hall's interview with Sut Jhally, he addresses
the issue of cultural studies' shift away from a focus on political and
economic issues." - Media Education Foundation Blog
Media Education Foundation Blog
2013
5 minutes
Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Culture, Pop Culture
A Successful Sociologist Makes the Familiar Strange

"In this Paradox Animation, Dalton Conley defines the sociological imagination and explains how to think like a sociologist." - Norton Sociology
Norton Sociology
2012
3 minutes
Introduction to Sociology
Susan Etlinger: What do we do with all this big data?

"Does a set of data make you feel more comfortable? More successful? Then your interpretation of it is likely wrong. In a surprisingly moving talk, Susan Etlinger explains why, as we receive more and more data, we need to deepen our critical thinking skills. Because it's hard to move beyond counting things to really understanding them." - TED.com
TED@IBM
2014
12 minutes
Data, Ethics, Quantitative Methods, Research Methods
Suzanna Danuta Walters: The Tolerance Trap

"In The Tolerance Trap, Suzanna Walters takes on received wisdom about gay identities and gay rights, arguing that we are not "almost there," but on the contrary have settled for a watered-down goal of tolerance and acceptance rather than a robust claim to full civil rights. After all, we tolerate unpleasant realities: medicine with strong side effects, a long commute, an annoying relative. Drawing on a vast array of sources and sharing her own personal journey, Walters shows how the low bar of tolerance demeans rather than ennobles both gays and straights alike. Her fascinating examination covers the gains in political inclusion and the persistence of anti-gay laws, the easy-out sexual freedom of queer youth and the suicides and murders of those in decidedly intolerant environments. She challenges both "born that way" storylines that root civil rights in biology, and "god made me that way" arguments that similarly situate sexuality as innate and impervious to decisions we make to shape it." - WGBHForum
WGBHForum
2014
47 minutes
Civil Rights, Collective Action, Law and Policy, LGBTQ+, Sexualities, Social Theory
Symbolic Interactionism

"Symbolic interactionism looks at how every individual will give everything in their society a different meaning depending on their past experiences and expectations." - Sydney Brown
Sydney Brown
2013
4 minutes
Introduction to Sociology, Social Theory, Symbolic Interaction
Symbols, Values & Norms

"What exactly is culture? This week we’re going to try to answer that, and explain the difference between material and non-material culture. We’ll look at three things that make up culture: symbols, values and beliefs, and norms. We’ll explore Sapir-Whorf hypothesis (and some of its problems) and how language influences culture. Finally, we’ll talk about the three types of norms – folkways, mores, and taboos – which govern our daily life." - CrashCourse
CrashCourse
2017
10 minutes
Culture, Introduction to Sociology, Language, Symbolic Interactionism
"There is no moment when a sociologist's work is done" Research Methods animation by Dalton Conley

An overview of research methods from Dalton Conley's You May Ask Yourself.
Norton Sociology
2013
2 minutes
Introduction to Sociology, Research Methods
We learn the most important aspects of social life without anyone teaching us.

"In his latest paradox animation, Dalton Conley explains how the most important aspects of social life are those concepts we learn without anyone teaching us. This animation is from chapter 4 in You May Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking like a Sociologist." - Norton Sociology
Norton Sociology
2012
2 minutes
Introduction to Sociology, Socialization
Welcome to the 'Protestant Ethic & the Spirit of Capitalism' run amok

"The more one earns, the more one can afford leisure; however, the more one earns, the more it costs not to work in terms of forgone wages. New animation from Dalton Conley, author of You May Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking like a Sociologist." - Norton Sociology
Norton Sociology
2013
2 minutes
Capitalism, Introduction to Sociology
What exactly is Intersectionality? A conversation with Stephanie "Najma" Johnson

"Stephanie D. Johnson, a.k.a. 'Najma', a Deaf-Blind Black Panqueer community educator explains different examples and situations where intersectionality* exists. She emphasizes that, without intersectionality, Deaf communities will fall apart." - Intersectional Souls Project
Intersectional Souls Project
2015
6 minutes
Disabilities, Feminist Theory, Gender, Identities, Intersectionality, Introduction to Sociology, LGBTQ+, Race and Racism, Sexuality
What is Sociology?

"Today we kick off Crash Course Sociology by explaining what exactly sociology is. We’ll introduce the sociological perspective and discuss how sociology differentiates itself from the other social sciences. We’ll also explore what sociology can do, and how a concern with social problems was at the center of sociology's beginnings." - CrashCourse
CrashCourse
2017
10 minutes
Introduction to Sociology, Sociological Imagination
What is Sociology?

"This video discusses the definition of sociology as defined by the American Sociological Association and gives examples of different social institutions. The example used in this video describes two seemingly similar students with very different outcomes in their post-secondary educational experiences and uses the concept of the sociological imagination to understand the impact of social structures on the individual." - Sociology Live!
Sociology Live!
2015
4 minutes
Introduction to Sociology, Sociological Imagination
What is Woman? (de Beauvoir + Metroid) - 8-Bit Philosophy

Discusses Simone de Beauvoir and The Second Sex using the video game Metroid.
Wisecrack
2014
4 minutes
Feminist Theory, Gender, Social Theory
"What makes you an individual is your affiliation with multiple group identities"

"Dalton Conley narrates the paradox about collective action, social movements, and social change from his book, You May Ask Yourself." - Norton Sociology
Norton Sociology
2012
2 minutes
Collective Action, Identities, Introduction to Sociology, Social Change
White Privilege

"White privilege is a concept that was developed and discussed throughout the 20th century. This video focuses on the academic article written by Peggy McIntosh in 1988 White and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women’s Studies and her specific except taken from this article (Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack). Examples that McIntosh uses in this article include:
-being a credit to her race when stepping up in a challenging situation
-using flesh colored bandaids are a fairly close match to her skin color
Examples used in this video include:
-When someone doesn’t say “hi” to me I do not have to wonder if it is because of my race
-I have a full aisle of soap and hair care products to choose from in a big box chain store." - Sociology Live!
Sociology Live!
2015
4 minutes
Introduction to Sociology, Race and Racism
Who's watching Who? : Police Cameras, Civil Rights, and Public Safety

"In the wake of recent fatal police shootings, policymakers, law enforcement agents, and community advocates are questioning whether new technologies can improve public safety, civil liberties, and civil rights. At the center of this discussion is body-worn cameras. In March, a bipartisan coalition of senators introduced the Police Camera Act of 2015, designed to create a pilot grant program to assist state and local law enforcement agencies develop safe and effective body-worn camera programs that also protect civilians’ privacy rights.


Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia are also pushing or have passed legislation addressing body-worn cameras. How can law enforcement and communities use body cams to protect civil rights? What are best practices for implementation? How do citizen videos of police misconduct complicate--or complement--implementation efforts? And what’s missing from the current debate?" - New America
New America
2015
74 minutes
Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Digital Technologies, Policing, Surveillance
Why Do We Take Selfies? (Michel Foucault)

Presents and analyzes "selfies" using Foucault's understanding of confessions.
Wisecrack
2015
5 minutes
Digital Media, Interaction, Postmodernism, Post-structuralism, Social Media, Social Theory
The Wisdom of Sociology: Sam Richards at TEDxLacador

"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." - TEDx
TEDx Talks
2014
14 minutes
Academics, Education, Pedagogy, Sociology
Yanis Varoufakis: The Future of Capitalism

Yanis Varoufakis, professor of economics at the University of Athens and former Greek Finance Minister, delivers a lecture on capitalism adapted from chapters from his book, And the Weak Suffer What They Must?, followed by a Q&A discussion.
The New School
2016
120 minutes
Capitalism, Economics, Political Sociology
Yoruba Richen: What the gay rights movement learned from the civil rights movement

"As a member of both the African American and LGBT communities, filmmaker Yoruba Richen is fascinated with the overlaps and tensions between the gay rights and the civil rights movements. She explores how the two struggles intertwine and propel each other forward — and, in an unmissable argument, she dispels a myth about their points of conflict. A powerful reminder that we all have a stake in equality." - TED.com
TED2014
2014
18 minutes
Civil Rights, LGBTQ+, Race & Racism, Sexualities, Social Movements
Yves Morieux: As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify

"Why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work? Because today's businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex — and traditional pillars of management are obsolete, says Yves Morieux. So, he says, it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit's warren of interdependencies. In this energetic talk, Morieux offers six rules for "smart simplicity." (Rule One: Understand what your colleagues actually do.)" - TED.com
TED@BCG San Francisco
2013
12 minutes
Alienation, Business, Organizational Sociology, Work
Zeynep Tufekci: Online social change: easy to organize, hard to win

"Today, a single email can launch a worldwide movement. But as sociologist Zeynep Tufekci suggests, even though online activism is easy to grow, it often doesn't last. Why? She compares modern movements — Gezi, Ukraine, Hong Kong — to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and uncovers a surprising benefit of organizing protest movements the way it happened before Twitter." - TED.com
TED Global
2014
16 minutes
Internet, Media, Social Media, Social Movements