Sociology

Lectures on social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behaviour.

Sociology

Education Theory and Policy

In this course, Dr Matthew Cole (University of Birmingham) introduces some key aspects of education theory and policy. In the first module, we explore consensus theories, most notably Talcott Parson’s views on schooling as the means by which...

4 lectures

0:36:20

Dr Matthew Cole

Birmingham University

Sociology

Education and Gender

In this course, Dr Sam Shields (Newcastle University) explores the ways in which gender shapes educational experiences and attainment. In the first module, we think about how gender has influenced patterns of schooling historically, with a...

5 lectures

0:30:04

Dr Sam Shields

Newcastle University

Sociology

Educational Attainment and Inequality

In this course, Dr Matthew Cole (University of Birmingham) explores patterns of differential educational attainment along class, gender, and ethnic lines. In the first module, we consider three sets of factors shaping unequal attainment –...

4 lectures

0:31:58

Dr Matthew Cole

Birmingham 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

Marxist and Critical Approaches to Education

In this course, Dr Eric Lybeck (University of Manchester) explores Marxist and critical approaches to education. In the first module, we consider some classical theories of education and its role in society, such as those of Karl Marx, Max Weber...

5 lectures

0:29:51

Dr Eric Lybeck

Manchester University

Sociology

Education and British Values

In this course, Dr Shaun Best (University of Winchester) explores the role of British values in education in both sociological theory and policy. In the first module, we think about different theoretical perspectives on values and their role in...

5 lectures

0:28:57

Dr Shaun Best

Winchester University