Society & Culture
Contains over 109 Videos
Sociology began as an attempt to make sense of the great transformation from traditional to modern society; the development of industrial production, the mass movement of people from the land to the towns and the rise of a new economic order, modern capitalism. Tony Giddens talks about how he conceived the project (lying on a beach in California), why he chose Marx, Durkheim and Weber and why he centred the work on the genesis and consequence of capitalist society. Show Less
This programme answers the question, "What is Sociology?". Leading sociologists like Anthony Giddens explain and illustrate what it means to adopt a sociological approach and students talk about studying sociology. Ideal for Open Days and for students just starting sociology. Show Less
This programme explores the family types that exist within Australia and the changes that have happened in recent decades. The alterations to the roles and responsibilities of parents within families are also explored. The range of different families is clearly defined as well as acknowledging the increase in the number of one parent families present in Australia. The programme interviews a range of parents who share their views on their roles and responsibilities. While the family group has changed considerably and will continue to change, the key roles of nurturing and upbringing of children still remain the main focus. Show Less
Local adoptions are down, intercountry adoptions are on the rise. After IVF failed, Birthe and Guy adopted two Korean children through DOCS inter-country adoption programme. They strive to maintain cultural links between their children and Korea. They are supported through ASIAC, a support network of other adoptive parents. Gwenda, a social worker who interviews prospective parents for DOCS over the two years it takes to be assessed, stresses the special needs of overseas born adoptees and the adoptive family's ability to empathise. Lynelle, a Vietnamese adult adoptee, and founder of ICASN, a support group for adoptees, stresses the adoptees' confusion in identity and their need for cultural links with their country of origin. Show Less
Although sociology is full of long and complicated words, it's important to remember it's about the lives of real people. These are the first lines of this programme and they set the tone. Filmed on location, it makes the topic of families more accessible by interweaving key sociological ideas with real people's experiences of family life. Show Less
Natalie (26) works as an accountant 4 days a week. Her husband Rob works as a chef on two days. They have 3 children: Hannah (7), Byron (5) and Joshua (1). The programme focuses on how Natalie juggles her work and parenting roles. We see her doing 'reading' in Hannah’s classroom, running a playgroup, taking care of her children on her one day off in the week. The rest of the week her husband looks after the kids except for Wednesday when they both have to work. Show Less
Families with children now seem to choose the primary caregiver based on the income of each parent rather than the gender. Rob (27) recently left his job as a chef to stay at home with Hannah (7), Byron (5) and Josh (1), while his wife began work as an accountant - a joint decision based on economics, more ‘child friendly’ work hours and temperament. Rob, brought up by separated parents who both worked full time, enjoys giving his children what he never had. Show Less
It was widely believed that poverty in Britain had been all but eliminated with the construction of the welfare state and post-war affluence. But while politicians were telling people they had never had it so good, social scientists were re-discovering poverty. The most influential of these was Peter Townsend, whose study of poverty in the 1960s and 70s was one of the most detailed ever undertaken in Britain. Show Less
In 2003 a group of Year 9 students from a predominantly white, middle class school travel by bus to remote Aboriginal settlements in central Australia. Nearly 40 years ago a group of white and black Australians travelled through outback NSW on the so-called Freedom Ride. Gary Foley tells the story. The programme examines how those bus trips affected the lives of the participants and, in the case of the Freedom Ride, how it served to highlight issues of inequality between white and indigenous Australians. Through these journeys the programme poses important questions: how much have we learned as a society about equal access and opportunity for all our citizens? How much have we learned about tolerance and understanding? 'How Far Have We Come' was nominated for an ATOM (Aust Teachers of Media) award for Best Indigenous Resource, 2004. Show Less
In this programme we examine the history and development of public health in Australia, how we measure health (mortality rates, morbidity, prevalence, incidence, life expectancy and burden of disease), how the World Health Organisation defines health, the definition, aims and advantages of public health and health promotion, the rise of the biomedical model of health, the development of New Public Health, the principles of the Ottawa Charter. Renowned public health expert Bernie Marshall contributes his knowledge and insights to this concise, engaging, information-packed program. Show Less
Australians have one of the best health standards in the world. This information-filled programme looks at how public health strategies have brought this about.
This programme aims to provide an overview of Aboriginal health and provides some reasons why significant differences exist within Australia in terms of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health.
This programme examines the current state of Indigenous psychological and physical health in Australia. Some relevant reports are cited and their findings are discussed.
This programme covers the Tampa incident and related events, the 'Pacific Solution', the 'children overboard' affair and detention centres.
This programme examines the significant impact of income, region, occupation, race and gender on health, the ways in which this manifests and the implications for health.
The Drugtakers is one of the clearest and most dramatic examples of deviance amplification. In this programme Jock Young discusses what is meant by a sociological approach to drug use, the importance of looking at societal reaction and some of the benefits and difficulties of using ethnographic methods. Show Less
Is Australia really an egalitarian society? Do our tax and welfare systems still operate to keep the income gap between rich and poor from increasing too much? How is wealth distributed? What is the social wage? This programme answers these questions and more. Show Less
Defining the family in today’s society is not an easy task. This video does make the attempt! In the process we explore various types of families including nuclear, sole parent, blended, same-sex and extended families.
In the 1970s the majority of secondary school students were being educated in co-educational schools, with girls and boys getting much the same education. But were they? Michelle Stanworth set out to explore this question and her study became a benchmark for feminist approaches to the sociology of education. Show Less
This video examines new technologies in reproduction and their social implications. Through personal stories told by young infertile couples, lesbian parents and mothers who use donor sperm or donor eggs, students will realise the ethical dilemmas facing parents. Throughout the programme bioethicists highlight the issues, as well as future scenarios. Show Less
In the first part of this programme Sue Sharpe explains how and why her work came to be focused on working class girls, her shift from quantitative to qualitative methods and her use of content analysis. In the second part, she discusses the correspondence she found between the images of femininity portrayed in popular culture and the aspirations of the majority of girls she interviewed to leave school as soon as possible, get an office job and settle down to have children. Show Less
You probably don’t realise it, but when you share a meal with your friends, you are involved in a ritual. Sitting around a table somehow brings us closer together, creates a sense of community. We are not only sharing food but also feelings - friendship, love, pride and a sense of belonging. This programme looks at etiquette and manners from the formal occasion of a Japanese Tea Ceremony, to a Samoan welcome ceremony, to a Christmas street party. As well, six high school students create their own special occasion. Show Less