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Introduction to Sociological Perspectives

In this two-part video, Part 1 (4 minutes) outlines some of the general principles of macr sociology, while Part 2 (5 minutes) deals with the general  principles involved in micro sociology.

As a pair, the two complementary films are

designed to help teachers introduce these

complex ideas in a simple visual way.

Part 1: Macro Perspective

If you just want to show Part 1 of the complete

video - the general  principles involved in macro sociology - this is the option to use...

Part 2: Micro Perspective

If you just want to show Part 2 of the complete

video - the general  principles involved in micro sociology - this is the option to use...

Crime and Deviance

Organised Crime

Part 1: Corporate Hierarchy Models

The first part of four short videos dealing with

sociological models of transnational organised


Here, the key organisational elements of

Corporate Hierarchy Models are identified,

illustrated and evaluated.

Organised Crime

Part 2: Network Structure Models

In the second short video looking at

sociological models of transnational organised

crime the idea of a Network Structure is outlined and explained.

Organised Crime

Part 3: Market Models

The third part of what "they" are (incorrectly) calling "the best organised crime trilogy since

The Godfather" (there are actually four films in the series!) outlines, illustrates and evaluates Market Models of transnational organised crime.

Organised Crime

Part 4: Clan structures.

The final part in the series outlines and evaluates the concept of Clan structures of organised crime.

Organised Crime

Parts 1 - 4

If you want to show the whole thing in one, 20-minute, orgy of crime then this is now possible using the magic of YouTube allowing People Like Me(tm) the very special privilege of uploading videos longer than 15 minutes.


Unless I've misunderstood something.

One Minute Marxism

Dr. Steve Taylor takes you through a one-minute introduction to three of the main themes of Marxist approaches to crime and deviance:

• crime as a response to inequality

• the role of the media in highlighting lower-class crime

• the invisibility of corporate crime.

One Minute Interactionism

Dr. Steve Taylor takes you through a 60-second introduction to some of the major themes in Interactionist approaches to crime and deviance:

• labelling theory

• primary and secondary deviation

• social reactions

• deviant career

• self-fulfilling prophecy.

One Minute Realism

Dr. Steve Taylor outlines the key ideas that underpin realist conceptions of crime and deviance:

• focus on agency rather than structure

• victim-centred

• crime prevention and reduction strategies.

One-Minute Strain Theory

Dr. Steve Taylor introduces some of the key concepts in Merton's strain theory of crime and deviance, including:


• anomie

• means and ends

• structural explanations of crime and criminality.

Situational Crime Control

Cambridge sociologist Kate Painter explains how some forms of crime can be effectively managed through the control of physical space.

The film uses Painter and Farrington's seminal Stoke-on-Trent street-lighting study to demonstrate the relationship between continuities and changes in the built environment and some types of criminal behaviour.

Childhood and the Media

Part 1: Inventing Innocence

Inventing Innocence lays the groundwork for further films by looking briefly at how, over the past 200 years, the idea of children as a vulnerable social group has been socially constructed.

Children and the Media

Part 2: Cinema - The Darkness on the Edge of Town.

The second part of our sprint through media and moral panics in the 20th century builds on the notion of childhood innocence established in Part 1 by linking ideas about age to the rise and development of cinema.

Children and the Media

Part 3: Television - Adam Raised A Cain

In the third instalment of our examination of the media and moral panics Prof. Chas Critcher looks at the role of television since the 1950's. Here the focus is on various aspects of social and psychological harm - from anxieties about child socialisation and development to fears about copy-cat violence and exposure to sexually-explicit material.

Mass Media

Defining the Mass Media

This 5-minute video introduces students to the concept of a "mass medium".

Alternatively, if you like your information to stay quite still you can download Defining the Mass Media as pdf file or view it online as a FlipBook



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