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Modern Slavery - in Britain

Monday, December 01, 2014

Slaves? In Britain? Yes - I'm afraid so - and the problem may be much worse than most experts thought according to new data published by the Home Office.

There could be between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of slavery in the UK, higher than previous figures, analysis for the Home Office suggests.

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Greater Protection for sub cultures in Manchester

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Here's an interesting news story about how sub cultures are to receive greater protection from hate crime in the Manchester area.  The change has been prompted by the dreadful murder of 'goth' Sophie Lancaster in 2007.

Follow this link for more information.

Sociology Inequality - taught my capuchin monkeys!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Experiments with capuchin monkeys show that they understand the concept of fairness and inequality - perhaps better than humans!  A greater starter for lessons.

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Suicide and the Modern Middle-Aged Male

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A somewhat worrying report here in the Telegraph  which focuses attention on the relatively high rates of suicide among middle-aged men, particularly the poor.

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the Queen’s speech

Thursday, May 10, 2012

essential reading for budding young sociologists.  Read here.

Media and the law: privacy issues

Sunday, April 01, 2012

New legislation proposed by government would allow them to monitor all emails, calls and web use, without requiring permission from a magistrate.  A great debating point for any lesson, and am important issue.
Read a brief article about it here.

History of Marriage

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

a neat little summary of the history of marriage.  10 key moments.

Britishness

Monday, March 05, 2012

The question of what it means to be ‘British’ is one that appears to have greatly vexed the Government.  They blame a lack of ‘Britishness’ for any failings in society and have a test specifically designed to weed out those not ‘British’ enough to own a British passport.  Teachers are expected to instil British values in students and it is promoted in society.  But what on earth is it?

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privatising policing

Saturday, March 03, 2012

The recent news story about the privatisation of certain police services has already sparked some vibrant reactions on facebook and other social media.  I am using it as a starter in my next crime and deviance lesson to consider what impact it might have on policing and society in general.  It offers a great opportunity to reflect on different theoretical perspectives. 

This is how it has been reported on the BBC.

Parenting the French way

Thursday, February 09, 2012

A fascinating article about cross-cultural differences in parenting.  It would make a great resource for discussing the question of ‘child-centred’ families.

Population statistics

Saturday, February 04, 2012

I’ve seen a number of interesting stories and programmes exploring ideas relating to population levels.  The most recent was this morning on the BBC, asking if the number of people alive today (about 7 billion) outnumbers the number of people that have ever lived on earth.  Most of these debates centre on the fear that at some point there will be too many people for the world to handle.

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Media and Image

Sunday, January 29, 2012

This is a fantastic commentary of the images of women portrayed by the media, commenting on how they project an impossibly flawless ideal.  Jean Kilbourne argues, not just that this image leads to increasing eating disorders and mental health issues among teenage girls, but that the objectification of women’s bodies contributes to a growth in violence against women.

Watch the video and see if you agree.

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TED - videoed talks

Monday, January 23, 2012

TED is a fantastic resources of talks on a multitude of subjects.  Go and have a browse - you are sure to find something interesting / fun / challenging / useful / eye-opening… 

I like this selection on ‘what makes us happy?’

Feminism and Technology

Sunday, January 15, 2012

This year’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show) has caused some controversy, with companies employing ‘booth babes’ to help promote their products.  You can watch a news clip here, featuring interviews with attendees and ‘babes’.

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Violence and terror - Bauman

Monday, December 12, 2011

Zygmunt Bauman: ‘No one is in control. That is the major source of contemporary fear’ – video.  For Zygmunt Bauman the world is marked by a division between power and politics. While politics is defined by nations, power no longer recognises national boundaries

Health - animated lecture

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Great animated video about research into the benefits of exercise.  Watch it here.

Mass Media: Facebook

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Facebook provides plenty of fodder for lessons on the mass media at A level or GCSE.  Try this story summarising what people are actually talking about on facebook the most.

Traditional family?

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

A survey by the Centre for the Modern Family suggests that few people feel part of a ‘traditional’ family.  Read about it here.

Crime and Deviance - London riots

Monday, December 05, 2011

The government published last week their interim report on the violence during the summer.  You can find it here.

The LSE and the Guardian newspaper also carried out research, interviewing many of those involved.  The findings are summarised in an article here.

Contraception

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Useful article about the impact of the introduction of the contraceptive pill.

Press Ethics

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Any student studying Mass Media for Unit 3, should be aware of the Leveson inquiry - a goldmine of examples!  The BBC have been doing a rolling commentary on the witness statements, including that by Campbell here.

Family incomes

I’m having trouble uploading resources to the website currently, but there are plenty of stories in the news that provide a good basis for discussion.  One on the BBC today questions how easy it is to live on £40,000pa (the average combined income for two adults in the UK).  Read it here.

Research methods: questionnaires

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

A great online exercise for evaluating questionnaires. 
http://wads.le.ac.uk/gg/orm/timingform.htm

Growing populations

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The growing population of our planet is of great interest to sociologists, and of concern to many.  This neat app on the BBC lets you work out what ‘number’ you are - a great little starter for discussion.

Social Change and Immigration

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

This clip from the Today programme on R4 gives a great bit of social reportage. Listen especially to the interview with the market stall holder.  It poses a number of interesting questions: 

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Consumerism and Identity

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A sort of lengthy quote for the week this, really. A long-ish quote from Zygmunt Bauman on consumerism and identity. It really is worth thinkng about and discussing.

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Sociological Words

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A good lesson for me yesterday.  I was looking at an exam paper.  Explain the meaning, said the questions, of the terms ‘professional’ and ‘status’.  So, being a typical teacher parent, I tried them out on my 15 year old son. Intriguing answers…

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