Sociology 125

Contemporary American Society

Supplementary Course materials

Lecture Outlines

Lecture 1. Introduction to the course 

Lecture 2. What Kind of Country is This?

Lecture 3. The Market: How it is Supposed to Work

Lecture 4 & 5. The Market: how it actually works

Lecture 6. The Environment

Lecture 7. Transportation   PODCAST

Lecture 8. Consumerism   PODCAST (incomplete)

Lecture 9. Healthcare PODCAST

Lecture 10. High Road Capitalism PODCAST

Lecture 11. Thinking about Inequality, Equality and Fairness  PODCAST

Lecture 12 & 13. Persistent Poverty & Increasing Inequality PODCAST-12 PODCAST-13

Lecture 14. Solutions to Poverty & Excessive Inequality PODCAST

Lecture 15 & 16. Race PODCAST-15 PODCAST-16

Lecture 17 & 18. Gender PODCAST-17 PODCAST-18

Lecture 19 & 20. Capitalist Democracy: how it works PODCAST-19 PODCAST-20-beginning  PODCAST-20-end

Lecture 21. Taxation and the Attack on the Affirmative State PODACAST-21-beginning PODCAST-21-middle PODCAST-21-end

Lecture 22. Voting, Elections, Campaign Finance  PODCAST-22-beginning  PODCAST-22-end

Lecture 23. Democracy and Corporate Media PODCAST-23

Lecture 24. Militarism and Empire PODCAST-24 PODCAST-24-end

Lecture 25. Unions and Democracy PODCAST-25

Lecture 26. Democracy from Below  PODCAST-26

Lecture 27. Alternative Futures & The Big Lessons from the Course  PODCAST-27

 

Lecture Powerpoint Slides

 

Lecture 1. Introduction to the course 

Lecture 2. What Kind of Country is This?

Lecture 3. The Market: How it is Supposed to Work

Lecture 4 & 5. The Market: how it actually works

Lecture 6. The Environment

Lecture 7. Transportation  

Lecture 8. Consumerism

Lecture 9. Healthcare

Lecture 10. High Road Capitalism

Lecture 11. Thinking about Inequality, Equality and Fairness

Lecture 12 & 13. Persistent Poverty & Increasing Inequality    

Lecture 14. Solutions to Poverty & Excessive Inequality

Lecture 15 & 16. Race

Lecture 16,. Race part II

Lecture 17 & 18. Gender

Lecture 19 & 20. Capitalist Democracy: how it works

Lecture 21. Taxation and the Attack on the Affirmative State

Lecture 22. Voting, Elections, Campaign Finance

Lecture 23. Democracy and Corporate Media

Lecture 24. Militarism and Empire

Lecture 25. Unions and Democracy

Lecture 26. Democracy from Below

Lecture 27. Alternative Futures & The Big Lessons from the Course

 

 

Additional Readings

 

Lecture 8. Healthcare

 

Philipp Longman, "The Best Care Anywhere", The Washington Monthly, January/February 2005