20 Free Sociology Lectures Online
One of the most amazing sociological aspects of the internet is that it can take you wherever you want to go, with just the click of a mouse. It can even take you to college. One way students can use the internet to enhance a formal education is by attending these 20 free sociology lectures online, whenever it’s most convenient.
1. Accountability of Presence: Location Tracking Beyond Privacy, Scott Klemmer, Stanford University
Weighs the advantages of location-tracking technology on modern society against the invasion of privacy concerns it raises.
2. Aristotle, Ethics, The Leo Strauss Center, University of Chicago
Lecture series based on the ancient Greek philosopher’s work on the virtue of character and how we use virtue to establish habits when navigating life in a group.
3. Authoritarian Attitudes in Times of Threat, Jennifer L. Merolla, Claremont Colleges
Discusses social anxiety when a population is threatened by crime, economic collapse, and terrorism and how effectively public and personal attitude determines who earns leadership positions during times of duress.
4. Authority and the Individual: Six BBC Lectures, Bertrand Russell, Cambridge University
Discusses such topics as personal morality versus tribal custom, individual initiative, and the impulsive human nature.
5. Capitalism: Success, Crisis and Reform, Douglas W. Rae, Yale University
Interprets capitalism with ideas borrowed from evolutionary biology, including the struggle for survival as it’s found in nature and in corporate board rooms.
6. China: Traditions and Transformations, Peter K. Bol and William Kirby, Harvard University
Two faces of China contrasted – that of oldest and largest bureaucracy of all time and that of rapid societal transformation via social revolution and economic development.
7. Descent: What Does Descent Mean?, Alan Macfarlane, King’s College, Cambridge
Discusses the influences of society and biology on the definitions of marriage, family, and ancestral lineage.
8. Introduction to Sociology / The Sociological Imagination: Who We Are and How We Got Here, Harvey Moloch, New York University
Examines problems the contemporary sociologist faces and the methods used to unravel the mysteries of everyday living.
9. Labor and Workplace Studies / Afro-American Studies, Mark Q. Sawyer, University of California – Los Angeles
A discussion of how race affects the workplace, with emphasis on the experience of the Black American worker.
10. Liberal Education and Liberal Democracy, Thomas Pangle, Furman University
Raises the idea that the best education today comes from books written hundreds, even thousands, of years ago in societies vastly different from one’s own.
11. Marxian Class Analysis Theory and Practice, Richard D. Wolff, The New School
Explores the history, structure, and interpretations of Karl Marx’s theory of class and details how to gain a better understanding of society and social change by applying the theory to current events.
12. Medicine and Public Health in American History, Chris Hamlin, Notre Dame University
Fifteen-week series of lectures delving into the history of medicine throughout American history, including cultural meaning, social change, and conflict between medical science and medical practice.
13. Modern Jewish History, George Mosse, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Lecture series describing the Jewish experience in modern history, from cultural and social aspects to economics and globalization.
14. Moral Problems and the Good Life, Sally Haslanger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Contrasts social justice concerns with contemporary issues, including racial profiling, global inequality, gay marriage, and euthanasia.
15. Reading Marx’s Capital, David Harvey, City University of New York
Study of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital, which proposes the question of capitalism being the precursor to socialism.
16. Research That Changes the World / The Study of Early Child Care Effects on Kids, Robert Crosnoe, University of Houston
Latest look at the findings of a study begun in 1991 to track development in children, now in their 20s, who grew up with early child care administered primarily by adults other than their parents.
17. School Shootings: Why Terrible Things Happen in “Perfect” Places, Katherine Newman, Princeton University
Examines the societal issues that are driving the wave of violence affecting schools in the US and elsewhere in recent years.
18. Self and Society, Thomas R. Klassen, Trent University
Discusses the role of the individual in a group environment.
19. Success and Failure: A Paradoxical Relationship, Henry Petroski, Rice University
Examines the glitches that led to catastrophic mechanical failures, such as the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and how science and public perception work together to improve once-failed industrial projects.
20. Veterinary Public Health, Joann Lindenmayer, Tufts University
Examines the relationship of the health of a community’s pets to the health of its human populace.
Additional Lectures Presented in the Open Classroom Format, Free of Charge
- The Alchemy of Happiness (1873), Al Ghazali, Albany Institute – http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Ftitle=1844&Itemid=27
- The Annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture Archive, Center on Philanthropy, Indiana University – Purdue – http://www.philanthropy.iupui.edu/events/event/craig-dykstra
- Archive of Lectures, College of Family, Home, and Social Science, Brigham Young University – http://fhss.byu.edu/news/Pages/Lectures.aspx
- The Challenge of Facts, William Graham Sumner (1840 – 1910) / Modern History Sourcebook, Fordham University – http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Ftitle=1844&Itemid=27
- Community Health Lecture Series: Breast Cancer, 1 of 4, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University – http://www.einstein.yu.edu/video/?SCID=31&ts=conferences&tsa=tabs-6
- Cross-Currents: The Cinemas of Japan, China and Korea, Tom Vick, Nam Center for Korean Studies: The International Institute – http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/media/cks/08-09/audio/tomvickfinal.mp3
- Damned Lies and Statistics, Joel Best, Iowa State University – http://www.lectures.iastate.edu/lecture/17455
- The Dialogs of Plato, translated into English and read by B. Jowett, University of Oxford – http://www.archive.org/details/DIALOGUES-OF-PLATO-BJ-V2-3ED
- Disentangling Race and Socioeconomic Status, Thomas LaVeist, Portland State University – http://www.pdx.edu/sociology/thomas-laveist-lecture-video
- Dylan and the Sixties, Richard Polenberg, Cornell University – http://www.cornell.edu/video/?id=116
- The Economics of Childcare in the US and China, Rachel Connelly, Bowdoin College – http://www.bowdoin.edu/podcasts/video/communications/marylou-zeeman-lecture.mov
- “Every Man” Heard Them Speak in His Own Language, James Vanden Bosch, Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship – http://www.calvin.edu/admin/cccs/audiovideo/
- From Ridiculous to Brilliant: Why We Play at Work, Brendan Boyle and Duane Bray, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – http://mitworld.mit.edu/video/927
- Health Economics Information Resources: A Self-Study Course, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health – http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/edu/healthecon/index.html
- The Importance of Fathers in the Healthy Development of Children / Office of Child Abuse and Neglect, US Department of Health and Human Services – https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/usermanuals/fatherhood/
- Language in the Brain, Mouth and the Hands, Paul Bloom, Yale University – http://www.academicearth.org/lectures/how-do-we-communicate-language
- Max Weber: On Bureaucracy, John Kilcullen, Macquarie University – http://www.humanities.mq.edu.au/Ockham/y64l09.html
- Natural Disasters and Human Responses, Provost’s Lecture Series, Duke University – http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/media/cks/08-09/audio/tomvickfinal.mp3
- Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos and the Color Line, Adrian Burgos, University of Illinois – Urbana / Champaign – https://jshare.johnshopkins.edu/mediafiles/Web_JHU/KSAS/burgos.mp3
- Prohibition Through the Eyes of Homer Simpson, Mark Thornton, Ludwig von Mises Institute – http://mises.org/media/6628/Prohibition-Through-the-Eyes-of-Homer-Simpson
- The Promise of Gangster Glamour: Sinatra, Vegas, and Alluring, Ethnicized Excess, Laura Cook Kenna (George Washington University), University of Nevada – Las Vegas – http://gaming.unlv.edu/audio/021_kenna.mp3
- Public Health Research and the Environmental Justice Movement, Steve Wing, University of Wisconsin – Madison – http://videos.med.wisc.edu/videos/30058
- Rethinking Good Governance and Transparency: The China-Latin America-US Triangle, Adrian H. Hearn, The University of Sydney – http://sydney.edu.au/podcasts/2010/governance.mp3
- The Right to Ignore the State, Herbert Spencer (1820 – 1903) – http://www.constitution.org/hs/ignore_state.htm
- Secularism and Human Rights: Basic Human Rights in History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology, Harold Shapiro (moderator), Institute for Advanced Study – http://video.ias.edu/panel-80th
- The Social Construction of Technology in Development, Wiebe Bijker, United Nations University – http://monoskop.org/images/1/1f/Bijker_Hughes_Pinch_eds_The_Social_Construction_of_Technological_Systems._New_Directions_in_the_Sociology_and_History_of_Technology_no_OCR.pdf
- Social Psychology: Self and Society, Robb Willer, University of California – Berkeley – http://webcast.berkeley.edu/
- Torture and Its Helpers: A Conversation about Collaboration, William Schulz and Jonathan Moreno, University of Pennsylvania – http://www.med.upenn.edu/bioethicsmedia/CS-Schulz&Moreno_091610.mp3
- Unsqueezed: The Truth About Bodies You Won’t Hear on MTV, Margot Starbuck, Wheaton College – http://espace.wheaton.edu/media/wetn/CACE/mp3/110919Starbuck.mp3
- What is Civilization? / Lectures on Ancient and Medieval European History – http://www.historyguide.org/ancient/lecture1b.html
- Women and the Law in Victorian England: Self and Society in the Victorian Novel, University of St. Andrews – https://risweb.st-andrews.ac.uk/portal/en/researchoutput/aristocratic-women-and-political-society-in-victorian-britain(0ebedf30-7560-4d17-9266-99e719eb3f23).html