Suggested Semi-Scholarly Resources
The following are suggested resources for Weekly Course Work; expect to make use of them
throughout the semester. This is far from an exhaustive list of acceptable Semi-Scholarly sources
but it is a place to start. All sources listed here are well-respected, use systematic
and scientific information collection procedures, and report socially relevant details with clarity,
and in a largely unbiased manner. You may find and use other sources with similar
qualities; the best of those will be added to this list.
Resource of the Week
Public and Not-for-Profit Media Sources -- US and Global
The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) The BBC is The UK's Public Television
Deutsche Welle Germany's Public Television; it airs on Link TV if you have satellite.
Center for Investigative Reporting is a not-for-profit independent,
California based news organization with multiple
ongoing projects. The CIR produces video as well as print reports. The CIR works with other public media sources in the US so stories here may also be aired on
public television and covered by public radio. Check out 'investigations' for their ongoing projects and reporting including
Food for 9 Billion, covering food production for a growing global population;
Heat and Harvest, covering the effects of climate change on food production;
Dirty Business and
Carbon Watch, both covering energy production and climate change;
Waking to Warming. Check out their videos page and topics pages for other ways to organize their information. Topics include:
Business and Technology, Crime and Justice, Education, Environment, Global Conflict, Health and Welfare, Money and Politics, National Security.
Learning Matters TV often partners with PBS; much of the
PBS coverage of educational issues is produced by Learning Matters.
NPR (National Public Radio) National Public Radio produces a wide range of high quality news programs and stories.
Public Radio Delmarva All the local Public Radio Stations on the Peninsula
WAMU is the Public Radio station in DC from American University
Frontiers of Race, Culture and Ethnicity
- PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) US based; television broadcast.
The Newshour. PBS's nightly news, now airing on Saturdays and Sunday's as well as weekdays.
Frontline. PBS's Weekly Investigative Report; all Frontline videos are free and provide GREAT information on a wide range of topics.
51% is a weekly podcastable show produced by WAMC out of Albany, NY
- a blog on NPR about a specifically sociological issue; the ability to 'code switch' is the agency
individuals have present a self that fits the social context they are in or they aspire to.
The Diane Rehm Show (radio from WAMU)
This American Life (radio, some television)
PRI (Public Radio International) Public Radio International produces independent stories for Public Radio Stations with a distinctly global focus.
The World a partnership program between WGBH (public radio station in Boston), and the BBC.
- the show airs throughout New England and are numbered. The stories range from women in football and other male-dominated jobs
to the kinds of research and unique contributions women make in a variety of walks of life.
Newspapers, other Commercial Media -- US and Global
Sociology Blogs and other Non-Scholarly Resources
This is a new section; the resources listed here are intended to deepen your understanding
of complex sociological concepts and issues. In addition, they demonstrate the sociological imagination
of the authors: how they think about things in their daily lives, the questions they ask, the information
they seek, and ultimately, how they use sociology, sociological terms and sociological theory to make sense
of their daily lives. Their blog posts demonstrate critical thinking, and sociological imagination and
therefore provide examples of the kind of systematic and organized, evidence-based thinking and scientific
logic I'm expecting you to demonstrate in General Course Work and particularly with formal writing assignments.
Data Repositories and Reporting Agencies
U.S. Government Bureaus, International Organizations and other Non-Profit Organizations
These sites are extensive and include data as well as
reports. In SOME cases, for some topics, these reports may qualify as sociological sources. Many of
these organizations are UN (United Nations) affiliated and those affiliations are noted below.
All collect information and report it in accordance with their missions which should be prominently
displayed on each site. Check the mission (likely part of 'About Us' or similar link) of ANY
organization whose information you are considering;
bias, if there is any, is likely to be revealed there.
U.S. Census Bureau
The US Census Bureau maintains an extensive web-site with access
to lots MORE than census data. Check out the U.S. and World Population Clock
on this site also. On the same page are several graphics including a population pyramid for the US;
this one is for a very limited time period but it
demonstrates how populations change over time.
The Equality of Opportunity Project is coordinated by Raj Chetty, a Stanford Economist, John Friedman, a Brown University
Economist, and Nathaniel Hendren, a Harvard Economist. The website regularly updates their ongoing work documenting the consequences
of inequality. The project includes collaboration with several sociologists, include David Grusky whose specialization is
stratification in the US. Raj Chetty has been interviewed several times by PBS Newshour, and on NPR; searching his name on those
sites would pull up his discussions of new reports as they have been published.
Check out: The Fading American Dream: Trends in Absolute Income Mobility Since 1940, and the
The Effects of Neighborhoods on Intergenerational Mobility II: County-Level Estimates, or
The Effects of Neighborhoods on Intergenerational Mobility I: Childhood Exposure Effects, and the
Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility. Explore the pages of the site;
this links you to all their reports and papers. I linked the Power Point slides
in PDF format above; the Papers, Slides, and Summaries pagethe Papers, Slides, and Summaries
page also gives you access to the Power Points (downloadable) and the full papers.
Pew Research Center
"Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues,
attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media
content analysis and other empirical social science research. Pew Research does not take policy positions. It is a
subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts" (http://www.pewresearch.org/about/).
Check out: Social Trends, and
Internet and Tech as well as
Global for results of their Global Attitudes Project. The Pew Research Center
also maintains a set of interactive graphics
to demonstrate much of their research findings.
World Resources Institute "WRI is a global research organization that works closely with leaders to turn big ideas into
action to sustain a healthy environment the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being" (from their homepage).
"WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the
needs and aspirations of current and future generations" (http://www.wri.org/about/mission-goals).
the WRI is affiliated with the World Bank and the UNDP as well and relies on their data in producing its reports.
The United Nations and its Affiliates
The United Nations is the premier international organization and arguably the hub of Global Civil Society,
and central to institutionalization processes of global governance. The information available through
the UN and its affiliated organizations is fundamental to understanding not only what is going on in the world today
but also to gaining a global sociological perspective. Global inequalities and their causes, as well as how those
inequalities are related to the function of major global social institutions is revealed in UN mission statements
and the work of affiliated organizations. In addition, the information available through the UN and its affiliates
does a great job of connecting the local (micro) to the global (macro) and of showing connections between history and
current social contexts (required elements of sociological imagination) as well as revealing the meaning (Verstehen)
of roles in the global political-economy.
United Nations (English, main page)
. Check out the
Structure and Organization
for more information about the UN, it's affiliated organizations, programs and projects.
See also ⇒ ⇒ ⇒
THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
United Nations Development Programme (UN affiliate)
Millennium Development Goals
as well as the following focus areas; Fighting Poverty
Building democratic societies
Preventing crisis, enabling recovery
Protecting the environment
Growing national capacity
The World Food Program (UN affiliate)
In particular, check out the WFP Hunger Map
an interactive map showing rates of hunger and WFP activities. Also check out:
Cash and Vouchers
Purchases for Progress
Focus on Women
Food Security Analysis
UNESCO (UN affiliate)
is the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
UNESCO organizes its work by theme;
they include: Education for the 21st Century
Fostering Freedom of Expression
Protecting Our Heritage and Fostering Creativity
Learning to Live Together
Building Knowledge Societies
One Planet, One Ocean
Science for a Sustainable Future
What I really like about UNESCO's information is that the subsections on each themed page can each be connected to one or more of the other themes. For example,
check out Education for Sustainable Development
, the first link under One Planet, One Ocean, or
Sport and Anti-Doping
under Learning to Live Together.
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN affiliate)
as well as the following focus areas; Development Beyond 2015
, which you can view by topic, and
United Nations Environment Programme
This site has some videos, and apparently its own YouTube page. Check out the various topics the UNEP focuses on:
Disasters and Conflicts