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Functionalism

In this course, Professor John Holmwood (University of Nottingham) explores functionalism as an approach within sociology. In the first module, we think about the emergence of functionalist ideas in the work of Émile Durkheim and their influence...

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0:44:48

Prof. John Holmwood

Nottingham University

Sociology

Modernity and Postmodernity

In this course, Dr Ross Abbinnett (University of Birmingham) explores notions of modernity and postmodernity in sociological theory. In the first module, we consider the meaning of modernity and its characteristics. In the second, we look at...

5 lectures

0:58:51

Dr Ross Abbinnett

Birmingham University

Sociology

Marxist Social Theory

In this course, Dr Ross Abbinnett (University of Birmingham) explores Karl Marx’s theory of society. In the first module, we consider Marx’s analysis of labour, its importance to humanity, and alienation from labour under capitalism. In the...

5 lectures

1:03:42

Dr Ross Abbinnett

Birmingham University

Sociology

Positivism and Interpretivism in Social Research

In this course, Professor William Outhwaite (Newcastle University) explores the positivist and interpretivist approaches to social research. In the first module, we provide an introduction to positivism, before turning in the second module to some...

7 lectures

1:09:16

Prof. William Outhwaite

Newcastle University

Sociology

Feminist Social Research Methods

In this course, Professor Gayle Letherby (University of Plymouth) explores ideas and methods associated with feminist social research. In the first module, we consider feminist critiques of traditional sociological research. In the second, we look...

6 lectures

0:52:09

Prof. Gayle Letherby

Plymouth University

Sociology

Objectivity in Social Research

In this course, Professor Martyn Hammersley (The Open University) explores the concept of objectivity within sociology and social research. In the first module, we think about the development of the concept from the early twentieth century and...

7 lectures

0:30:31

Prof. Martyn Hammersley

Open University

Sociology

Quantitative Methods in Education Research

In this course, Professor Stephen Gorard (Durham University) explores the use of numerical data in education research. In the first module, we think about why numbers are important in sociology and whether the distinction between qualitative and...

5 lectures

1:09:07

Prof. Stephen Gorard

Durham University

Sociology

Social Research: Methods

In this course, Professor Tim May (University of Sheffield) explores several different methods commonly used in social research and outlines how they are applied in practice. In the first module, we look at official statistics, the ways in which...

5 lectures

0:37:02

Prof. Tim May

Sheffield University

Sociology

Qualitative Methods in Education Research

In this course, Professor Liz Atkins (University of Derby) explores qualitative research methods and their application to education. In the first module, we consider some challenges and practical issues associated with qualitative research,...

7 lectures

1:06:05

Prof. Liz Atkins

Derby University

Sociology

Social Research: Issues and Debates

In this course, Professor Tim May (University of Sheffield) explores several important issues in social research, and the debates which surround them. In the first module, we consider key perspectives on epistemology – is it possible for research...

5 lectures

0:39:39

Prof. Tim May

Sheffield University

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