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Truth Be Told: Sociological Investigation
Part of the Series: The Way We Live Series
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 has transformed the way sociologists approach sociological research. This lesson…
Endless Questions - Critical Thinking and Research
Part of the Series: Inside Out Series
It's our nature to ask questions about ourselves and the world around us. But finding answers requires more than intuition and common sense. This lesson asks the question, Does happiness lead to good health? then probes for answers using the…
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 Magic of the Mind - The Story of Psychology
Part of the Series: Inside Out Series
Psychology touches virtually every aspect of our lives. Many of its current themes can be traced back to questions that have confronted scholars throughout history. But today the study of behavior, thoughts and feelings is bolstered by new scientific tools…
Changing Families
Part of the Series: Our Families, Ourselves Series
This lesson looks at the American family in the 21st century and the notion that there is no single, "one-size-fits-all" model of what constitutes a family. Increases in the number of woman in the paid labor force, the rise in…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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…
The Most Amazing Machine: Neuroscience and Behavior
Part of the Series: Inside Out Series
"Everything psychological, is ultimately biological," says author and researcher David Myers. This lesson plunges into the expanding field of neuroscience and the biology behind behavior, exploring how areas of the brain and brain chemistry can alter mood and cognition. Pioneering…
Family History
Part of the Series: Our Families, Ourselves Series
This lesson examines many of the momentous events and powerful ideas that have shaped the evolution of the American family over more than two hundred years, including the vital role immigration has played in bringing families to the United States…
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…
The Role of Gender
Part of the Series: Our Families, Ourselves Series
This lesson focuses on how all of us learn about gender from an early age, and explores some of the ways in which gender-based roles, expectations and assumptions are changing.
Common Ground: Culture
Part of the Series: The Way We Live Series
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…
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…
Against the Grain: Deviance
Part of the Series: The Way We Live Series
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 lesson, as are some of the moral, religious and psychological…
Can Rules Define Morality?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
Can Rules Define Morality? addresses formalist theories of ethics, particularly that of Immanuel Kant, and explores the implications of his views in relation to ethical issues.