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Sociology 101

Studying society and human interactions can be fascinating. Fortunately there are many audio learning resources to aid you in your study of Sociology, including lecture courses on social behavior, free audio documentaries looking at a variety of sociological topics, and many audio books on aspects of sociology.

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American Public Media

American Public Radio is a producer of over 20 public radio programs. Many of their programs are available for free to stream or download from their site or to subscribe to as a podcast...
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Titles on this Topic

Black Like Me
Black Like Me
by John Howard Griffin

Writer John Howard Griffin decided to perform an experiment in order to learn from the inside out how one race could withstand the second class citizenship imposed on it by another race....
The City: A Global History
The City: A Global History
by Joel Kotkin

In this erudite and enjoyable Los Angeles Times best-seller, Joel Kotkin explores the history of cities around the globe. He argues that urban areas must be places where there is a shared feeling of sacredness, civic identity, and moral order.
Civility & Community
Civility & Community
by Brian Schrag

Concern for others is the basis of human decency; without it, our communities are increasingly degraded by selfishness and corruption.
Communication Matters I: He Said, She Said
Communication Matters I: He Said, She Said
by Deborah Tannen

Professor Deborah Tannen's groundbreaking research into the fundamental differences between the ways in which the sexes communicate using language forms the basis for this fascinating series of lectures.
Communication Matters II: That's Not What I Meant!
Communication Matters II: That's Not What I Meant!
by Deborah Tannen

The following series of lectures draws on linguistics, or the scientific study of language, to show the many ways in which language has a profound effect upon human relationships.
Daniel Goleman on Social Intelligence
 
Daniel Goleman on Social Intelligence
by Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman discusses his book "Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships" as a part of the Authors@Google series.
David Brooks on The Social Animal
 
David Brooks on The Social Animal
by David Brooks

Tapping into the findings of his latest book, NYTimes columnist David Brooks unpacks new insights into human nature from the cognitive sciences...
Explaining Social Deviance
Explaining Social Deviance
by Paul Root Wolpe

This course examines the complex topic of deviance and how major sociological theories have attempted to both define it and understand its role in both historical and modern society.
The Family
The Family
by Lawrence D. Houlgate

There are three main ethical theories of family. Natural Law says that our human nature is to unite in marriage with a person of the opposite sex for the purpose of having and rearing children.
The Foundations of Language
The Foundations of Language
by Michael Drout

In this lecture Professor Michael Drout focuses on language as a whole and how it develops and is learned. He points out the amazing ability that children have for speaking and comprehending a language...
Geography of World Cultures
 
Geography of World Cultures
by Martin W. Lewis

Despite the supposedly homogenizing effects of globalization, people continue to be joined together and divided asunder by the languages they speak, the religions they follow, and the ethnic identities to which they belong.
A History of the English Language
A History of the English Language
by Michael Drout

Professor Drout addresses the foundation of language and its connection to specific portions of the brain. The components of language are explained in easy-to-understand terms and the progression of the language from Germanic to Old, Middle, and Modern English is fully illustrated...
Lingua Franca Podcast
Lingua Franca Podcast
by Richard Buckham

Lingua Franca, presented by Richard Buckham, looks at all aspects of language: language old, modern, and even invented. Through interviews and prepared talks, the program features experts who analyse a single topic of interest to users and lovers of language.
Malcolm Gladwell: What We Can Learn From Spaghetti Sauce
 
Malcolm Gladwell: What We Can Learn From Spaghetti Sauce
by Malcolm Gladwell

Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry's pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce - and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness.
Nicholas Christakis: The Hidden Influence of Social Networks
 
Nicholas Christakis: The Hidden Influence of Social Networks
by Nicholas A. Christakis

Nicholas Christakis speaks at TED on his studies of social networks and how things spread amongst these networks.
The Paradox of Choice - Why More Is Less
 
The Paradox of Choice - Why More Is Less
by Barry Schwartz

Google TechTalks April 27, 2006 Barry Schwartz
Socially Intelligent Computing
 
Socially Intelligent Computing
by Daniel Goleman

In this dialogue, renowned internet theorist Clay Shirky describes how online groups function best, how the internet can be utilized to improve our society, and how social intelligence is changing the face of group interaction online.
The Souls of Black Folk
The Souls of Black Folk
by W.E.B. Du Bois

The Souls of Black Folk is a well-known work of African-American literature by activist W.E.B. Du Bois.
Status Anxiety
Status Anxiety
by Alain de Botton

This is a book about an almost universal anxiety that rarely gets mentioned directly: an anxiety about what others think of us, about whether we’re judged a success or a failure, a winner or a loser.
Theories of Human Development
Theories of Human Development
by Malcolm W. Watson

What do we know about how humans develop psychologically, from birth to old age?
The Theory of Social Revolutions
The Theory of Social Revolutions
by Brooks Adams

Brooks Adams (1848- 1927), was an American historian and a critic of capitalism. He believed that commercial civilizations rise and fall in predictable cycles.
Thoughts On Society Of The Spectacle
 
Thoughts On Society Of The Spectacle

"The whole life of those societies in which modern conditions of production prevail presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. All that once was directly lived has become mere representation."
The Tipping Point
The Tipping Point
by Malcolm Gladwell

In this brilliant and groundbreaking book, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in our society so often happen suddenly and unexpectedly.
Understanding Conversations Between Women and Men
Understanding Conversations Between Women and Men
by Deborah Tannen

In this lecture linguistics professor and bestselling author Deborah Tannen describes many of the basic differences between in communication between men and women.
Understanding Linguistics: The Science of Language
 
Understanding Linguistics: The Science of Language
by John McWhorter

We all use language every day of our lives. Language, regardless of the particular dialect spoken, is the tool we use to express our wants, our needs, and our feelings.
The Wisdom of Crowds
The Wisdom of Crowds
by James Surowiecki

In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications....

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