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Archive for December, 2012

My Top Ten Fictional Films with Sociological Content

Posted by Realsociology on 28th December 2012

It annoyed me that I got to the end of term this year and struggled to think of relevant Sociology films I could show. Hence this end of year list – All packed full of Sociological relevance (well, mostly)… In no particular order…. (And links to analysis to follow) Fight Club – The most obvious [...]

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Christmas Survey

Posted by Realsociology on 24th December 2012

I don’t celebrate Christmas because I don’t have anyone to celebrate it with. Instead I meditate a lot and do my annual spring clean. If you’re also alone this Christmas, I recommend this as a coping strategy. It’s still pretty bleak, but waking up on 27th having had no Christmas with a clean flat is [...]

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Three Myths of The Young Apprentice

Posted by Realsociology on 19th December 2012

The Young Apprentice is one of the very few programmes I make a point of watching. What’s odd is that I enjoy it even though it spreads three messages that I have a real problem with – Firslty, it gives the impression that there is opportunity out there if ‘you only work hard enough’, when in [...]

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Ugandan Alchemy or The Resource Curse?

Posted by Realsociology on 18th December 2012

Here is a nice illustration of the resource curse from relatively recent history- taken from the UN The pink line shows Uganda’s gold production The blue line shows Uganda’s gold exports   Note the way in which gold exports, but not gold production, suddenly increases immediately following the entry of  Ugandan troops into the Congo [...]

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Posted by Realsociology on 17th December 2012

Great new web site – ‘Welcome to the Anthropocene‘ – charting the human impact on the planet. This post really just pilfers a couple of videos from the site to make it easier for anyone who teaches this kind of thing – The two videos chart the impact of humanity on the planet – starting [...]

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Ten Indicators of Gender Inequality in the UK 2012

Posted by Realsociology on 16th December 2012

OK So accuse me of selection bias… but here are 10 indicators of inequality in the UK by gender… Mainly focusing on work, politics and the media  Looking at ‘positions of privilege’ women account for… 26% of News Journalists (2011) (3% of sports journalists!) 22% of Members of Parliament. Although admittedly numbers have more than doubled in the last 20 [...]

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Modernity to Postmodernity Mind Map (draft 1)

Posted by Realsociology on 15th December 2012

  I’ve just spent an hour (yes on Saturday morning!) playing around with some mind mapping software and ended up with this mind map on modernity and Postmodernity –      

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Top Four (youtube) Videos for teaching Post-Modernism

Posted by Realsociology on 12th December 2012

I’ve arranged these videos in the order of Easy More difficult More Dude More obtuse. If that order doesn’t make any sense, get with the postmodern programme… Video 1 – Easy – Clearly designed for A level students, with a very very nice example of ‘cultural hybridity’ at the end, courtesy of X-Factor     [...]

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Gender representation in the FTSE

Posted by Realsociology on 11th December 2012

Latest Figures show that there are now 163 women in executive positions in the FTSE 100 and 189 in the FTSE 250.  While this does represent an increase on 2010 figures (an additional 25 women being added to the FTSE 100 director posititions) representation remains poor – Only 15% of directorships in the FTSE 100 are [...]

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All I want before Christmas is hours of low grade revision fun with Wordle

Posted by Realsociology on 11th December 2012

I just discovered Wordle – And created this ‘Worlde’ of some of the concepts relevant to the perspectives topic within the SCLY1 module on The Family. A handy ‘revision’ idea might be  to get students to type in concepts to for particular topics to Wordle and then print/ publish them. This won’t, in itself, test any of [...]

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