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In God We Trust: Religion
Part of the Series: The Way We Live Series
Most religions define themselves by their respective rituals and traditions. What is remarkably consistent, however, is the role that virtually all religions play in the lives of their followers. Religion in the United States and its effect on the tapestry…
Is Ethics Based on Virtue?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
Is Ethics Based on Virtue? explores Aristotle's and other ancient views of virtue and the good life, as well as contemporary virtue ethics with its focus on emotions, personal relationships, character, and long-term values.
Emotion
Part of the Series: Inside Out Series
Emotions chart the landscape of life--the highs, the lows, and the periods in between. Paul Ekman, Dacher Keltner, Bob Levenson, and others pre-eminent in the field examine the distinguishing characteristics of emotion and probe such long-debated issues as: which comes…
Mass Appeal: Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Part of the Series: The Way We Live Series
Social movements are not a new phenomenon. Fundamental to all social movements is the idea of collective identity. But other factors are often at play - politics, values, emotion, tactics - which often determine whether a social movement will be…
Rise and Fall: Population, Urbanization and Environment
Part of the Series: The Way We Live Series
This lesson reviews population, urbanization and the environment from a sociological point of view. While each of these is often analyzed separately, it is the dynamic, constantly shifting interplay among all three that is perhaps most significant. Topics covered include:…
What Justifies The State?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
What Justifies the State? asks whether the state is merely an artificial arrangement we construct to make life better, as social contact theorists claim, or whether it's a natural organism through which people achieve their potential.
Colors: Race and Ethnicity
Part of the Series: The Way We Live Series
For racial and ethnic minorities, the struggle for recognition and equality is nothing new. Perhaps nowhere is this more visible than in the United States. The polarizing effects of stereotyping, racial prejudice and discrimination, and its impact on generations of…
Going to Extremes - Mood Disorders and Schizophrenia
Part of the Series: Inside Out Series
David Myers refers to depression as the "common cold of psychological disorders." This episode looks at the two major categories of mood disorders--depression and bipolar disorder--and at the cluster of psychoses known as schizophrenia. The very personal experiences of psychologists…
Moral Dilemmas…Can Ethics Help?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
The parents and medical staff caring for a premature baby struggling for life are faced with the decision of whether or not to continue treatment. Philosopher Immanuel Kant, whose ideas have influenced modern medical ethics, would answer such a question…
Family Violence
Part of the Series: Our Families, Ourselves Series
This lesson examines violent behavior within a family context, and the prevention and intervention programs that are making inroads in combating its toxic effects.
Connections: The Sociological Perspective
Part of the Series: The Way We Live Series
What is Sociology? Various perspectives are offered by leading sociologists for understanding the complex interplay of individuals, groups and relationships in society, and how they provide a context for living and a roadmap for understanding life's limitations ... and possibilities.…
The Progressive Era
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Causes and varieties of progressive reform efforts in late 19th and early 20th centuries. Settlement house movement. Women seeking professional status and the vote. Efforts to combat government corruption. African Americans and reform; the Temperance crusade and prohibition; immigration concerns.…
Race, Ethnicity and Family
Part of the Series: Our Families, Ourselves Series
This lesson explores legitimate, empirical data that suggests that there are certain patterns of behavior that can be linked to specific racial or ethnic groups, including different degrees of emphasis on religion and multi-generational solidarity, while noting that the underlying…
What Is Justice?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
What is Justice? explores questions about distributive justice, both from a national and global perspective, and examines the views of Aristotle, Marx, Rawls and Nozick.
The Enduring Self: Personality
Part of the Series: Inside Out Series
The classroom avenger on a deadly rampage, couples who discover their incompatibility after marriage, recruiters seeking applicants with a rare combination of traits--all reflect the range of issues that fall within the scope of personality. This episode looks briefly at…
Turbulent Virginia: Pirate Base...Royal Colony
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Incentives for English colonization. French and Dutch presence in North America. British attempts to establish a base at Roanoke and the outcome. Subsequent Virginia Company settlement at Jamestown. The people who come; the struggle to survive; the response of Native…
The Learning Machine: Learning
Part of the Series: Inside Out Series
With neurons in the brain continually associating one event with another, it's no wonder neuroscientist Michael Merzenich describes what's in our head as "a learning machine." This lesson delves into the multiple ways humans and animals learn, with case studies…
Remarriage and Stepfamilies
Part of the Series: Our Families, Ourselves Series
This lesson explores both the obstacles and the opportunities stepfamily members are likely to encounter. During the course of the lesson, therapists point out that while there is no template for stepfamily success, families that value kindness, compassion and maturity…
Fitting In: Socialization
Part of the Series: The Way We Live Series
Humans are born without culture. For virtually anyone, culture begins with the family and continues through other social agents such as school, peer groups and mass media. This lesson follows the general process by which people develop their personalities and…
Family Matters: Family
Part of the Series: The Way We Live Series
The traditional or nuclear family of the 1950s and 1960s is what most of us think of when asked to define 'family'. But the idea that there is a typical family is perhaps little more than a myth. This lesson…