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Archive for February, 2012

Why I really ran the Brighton Half Marathon

Posted by Realsociology on 26th February 2012

A big thanks to everyone who sponsored me for the Brighton Half Marathon I ran last Sunday, but a week on and I’m wondering what, exactly, this event had to do with charity. Don’t get me wrong, I do think the charity I ran for (Water- Aid) is a worthwhile charity, doing good and saving […]

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Top Ten resources for teaching International Development

Posted by Realsociology on 18th February 2012

Part 1 I start off with a few statistical sites and then move onto a few ‘qualitative sites’.  1. The United Nations International Human Development Indicators – On this page of the UN’s international development site, you can see the HDI country rankings, get a link to the latest Human Development Report (last one published November […]

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A Buddhist inspired critique of Conspicuous Consumption

Posted by Realsociology on 15th February 2012

A Buddhist inspired critique of conspicuous consumption

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Why I’m running a half marathon to raise money for Water Aid

Posted by Realsociology on 13th February 2012

Water Aid works in 23 countries in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, with a total of 606 staff. Its mission is to ‘transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities’ To give you an idea of what water aid does – watch this video According to this 2010-11 annual […]

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Economic Globalisation – Optimist, Pessimist and Traditionalist Views

Posted by Realsociology on 12th February 2012

 I teach International Development as the option for A2 Sociology SCLY3 – I’m posting up most of my resources in order to encourage more people to teach it! Economic Globalisation – The Optimist View The main evidence for economic globalisation lies in the fact that there is now a single, fully integrated global economy. At one level, […]

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Gok Wan challenges the beauty myth?

Posted by Realsociology on 9th February 2012

Gok Wan challenges the beauty myth – but not our obsession with self

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Hearing the Learner Voice – an example of best practice

Posted by Realsociology on 8th February 2012

A student left behind this picture after our lesson on ‘non-participant observation’ -I like to think of it as evidence of how ahead of the game we are in ‘hearing the learner voice’ – To my mind this is clear evidence of how much this student loves Sociology                 […]

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A Brief History of International Development Aid

Posted by Realsociology on 7th February 2012

I’m in the middle of writing a critique of Dambisa Moyo’s Dead Aid – mainly because the book uses highly selective evidence to promote neo0liberal ideology – but I will concede that the way Moyo conceptualises the history of development aid from the 1940s is a fairly useful teaching tool for A level Global Development – so here’s a brief summary […]

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$40 000/ year – what Apple’s ipod city labourers could be earning

Posted by Realsociology on 4th February 2012

Apple recently reported $13.06 billion in profits on $46.3 billion in sales – and these are just the figures for the last three months alone!   This is, of course, thanks to the iphone and ipad – (Apple has sold 183 million iphones since its launch 5 years ago) which together now make up about […]

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I run half marathon, therefore you give money to water aid

Posted by Realsociology on 2nd February 2012

No I don’t see the logical connection between running half marathons and donating to charity either, but its tradition, so why not just do it! I am actually running the Brighton half marathon at the end of February – In the time it takes me run it, 250 people would have died due to lack of access to […]

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