Category Archives: Sociology

Spring classes now underway

Spring quarter classes are now underway at UCSD and UCLA. As usual, the UCSD podcast page offers an impressive array of courses (I count 89), but in a new and troubling development, some of the courses are hidden behind a … Continue reading

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New courses begin at UCSD and UCLA

To celebrate the beginning of 2011, the University of California San Diego and the University of California Los Angeles have posted new class rosters on their websites. Classes begin today. A couple of good bets: Crime Control Policy (website), Mark … Continue reading

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More courses from NYU

New York University’s YouTube channel and Open Education Website recently posted two new courses: Introduction to Sociology (website, YouTube), taught by Harvey Molotch. Natural Science II: Genomes and Diversity (website, YouTube), taught by Mark Siegal.   Related: NYU joins Open … Continue reading

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Readers’ picks

I’m back to posting after a long hiatus, and here are some tips DIYScholar readers sent in while I was away. University of Reddit Daniel wrote to recommend the University of Reddit which features do-it-yourself classes. Volunteer teachers have put … Continue reading

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UCSD, UCLA classes begin this week

New class rosters are up at the UCSD and UCLA podcast websites. A few of my old favorites have returned. You might want to check out these: Introduction to Political Theory (feed) Brian Walker, UCLA. UCLA Professor Brian Walker has … Continue reading

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Studying imperfect rationality

Much of economic theory is based on the idea that humans are rational actors who carefully calculate the pros and cons of each decision. But what gets left out such a world view?  UCLA Public Policy Professor Mark Kleiman attempts … Continue reading

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Violence and Society

UCSD Sociology Professor Ivan Evans, who taught two great courses last quarter (previous post), is back for Spring 2009 with Violence and Society (website, feed). With his trademark ironic wit, Evans reviews what the fields of psychology and sociology have … Continue reading

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Time is running out for UCSD winter 09 courses

The last day of class for winter 2009 at UCSD is Friday, March 13. Soon after that most of the course podcasts at the UCSD podcast website will disappear. Some courses you might want to grab before it is too … Continue reading

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Hegemony? I just don’t buy it.

Comments on The Study of Society, lecture 9 (website, feed), Ivan Evans, UCSD. Sometimes when I’m listening to a lecture podcast, I have the strong desire to shout out “Wait a minute! That just can’t be right.” So here is … Continue reading

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Two great sociology classes from UCSD

What was the difference between the apartheid regime in South Africa and the Jim Crow regime in the American South? According to UCSD sociologist Ivan Evans, the important difference was that South Africa used state power to terrorize and intimidate … Continue reading

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