The Way We Live Series

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Connections: The Sociological Perspective
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…
Truth Be Told: Sociological Investigation
Sociological research and methodology is often the subject of fierce debate among sociologists. The pursuit of objectivity in sociological research, Critical Sociology, and the idea of Sociology as a science...each…
Common Ground: Culture
Values, beliefs, traditions, language, and material goods form the subject of this lesson about the components of culture. The video lesson begins with a Slice of Life look at the…
Fitting In: Socialization
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…
Face To Face: Social Interaction in Everyday Life
This lesson looks at how such aspects of social interaction as language, humor and emotion can shape and change the way we view the world around us. Nowhere is this…
All Together: Groups and Organizations
Whether a small group or a multinational corporation, every organization has its own culture. This lesson looks at organizational behavior and includes discussion around the ideas of Frederick Taylor and…
Against the Grain: Deviance
Conventional wisdom suggests that behavior "outside the norm" can be considered deviant. But can we really define deviant behavior? Differing views on sexuality and violent crime are explored in the…
Matters of the Flesh: Sexuality
Conflicting views about sexuality permeate American culture. These conflicts play out in a variety of ways, from how we perceive sexually explicit materials to how we legislate on the issue…
Ups and Downs: Social Stratification
Since the 1950s when opportunity reached its peak, the gap between the "haves and have nots" has grown. This lesson looks at social stratification and the dimensions of social inequality…
Worlds Apart: Global Stratification
Why can one continent be relatively affluent and another mired in poverty? This lesson looks at stratification on a global scale. The ideas of globalization and neo-liberalism are introduced. The…
Venus and Mars: Gender Stratification
Are men and women really that different? Society tends to emphasize differences more than similarities. This often leads to competition and, in some cases, inequality. This episode looks at gender…
Colors: Race and Ethnicity
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,…
Golden Years: Aging and the Elderly
The Longevity Revolution, cross-cultural differences, stereotypes - all present challenges to meeting the needs of America's growing population of elderly adults. This lesson explores issues surrounding aging, death and dying,…
Working World: The Economy and Work
It used to be that you could count on a steady job to provide a good salary, benefits and a pension. Today, we live in a rapidly changing economic and…
Balance of Power: Politics and Government
There are numerous ways to make your views known in a democracy, so why is it some people don't have equal voice? Too often government only hears from those with…
Family Matters: Family
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…
In God We Trust: Religion
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…
Learning Curves: Education
What kind of education a child can expect to receive may have less to do with the teacher and more to do socioeconomic status, race and culture. These and other…
Taking the Pulse: Health and Medicine
Health care in the United States has reached a crisis point, despite advances in medicine and technology. Yet this is not necessarily the case in other parts of the world.…
Rise and Fall: Population, Urbanization and Environment
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…
Mass Appeal: Collective Behavior and Social Movements
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…
Waves of Change: Social Change
What is social change and what are its causes? This lesson provides a deeper understanding of the main theories and concepts of social change, modernity and post-modernity. Particular emphasis on…

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Common Ground: Culture
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Values, beliefs, traditions, language, and material goods form the subject of this lesson about the components of culture. The video lesson begins with a Slice of Life look at the Amish - a group whose members in Southeastern Pennsylvania maintain language and other cultural traditions unique to early Germanic settlers…
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 learn about the world around them - a process referred…
Face To Face: Social Interaction in Everyday Life
Part of the Series: The Way We Live Series
This lesson looks at how such aspects of social interaction as language, humor and emotion can shape and change the way we view the world around us. Nowhere is this interaction more visible than in the fusion of language and emotion which characterize the world of politics. But social interaction…
All Together: Groups and Organizations
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Whether a small group or a multinational corporation, every organization has its own culture. This lesson looks at organizational behavior and includes discussion around the ideas of Frederick Taylor and "scientific management," corporate culture and the pitfalls of bureaucracy.