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


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


Prof. William Outhwaite

Newcastle University


Marxism and Religion

In this course, Dr Paul-François Tremlett (The Open University) explores Marxist approaches to religion. In the first module, we provide a broad introduction to Marx himself, before turning in the second module to explore what Marx said about...

5 lectures


Dr Paul-François Tremlett

Open University


Gender and Crime

In this course, Dr Karen Evans (University of Liverpool) explores several topics related to gender and crime. In the first module, we think about the differences between men and women as perpetrators of crime. To what extent, in other words, is...

6 lectures


Dr Karen Evans

Liverpool University


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


Dr Shaun Best

Winchester University


The Sociology of Childhood

In this course, Professor Karen Wells (Birkbeck, University of London) explores the sociology of childhood. In the first module, we think about the idea is childhood is socially constructed, before moving on in the second module to consider the...

7 lectures


Prof. Karen Wells

Birkbeck College, London



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...

5 lectures


Prof. John Holmwood

Nottingham University


Crime Statistics

In this course, Dr Stephanie Fohring (Northumbria University) provides an introduction to crime statistics. In the first module, we think about the subjective nature of crime, and the strengths and limitations of quantitative data (e.g. crime...

5 lectures


Dr Stephanie Fohring

Northumbria University