Sociology Live!

Sociology Live! is a series of open source videos available on for faculty and students in sociology. Using VideoScribe technology, these videos precisely explain complex sociological theories and concepts and engage both auditory and visual learners. Engaging different types of learning styles is important as students report losing attention in class can be as short as 30 seconds into the class period and up to 10-20 minutes in length. Students report shorter lapses in attention when faculty use non-lecture pedagogy. With each video being six minutes or less they can be easily incorporated into any face-to-face Introduction to Sociology course or embedded online. Discussion questions are included at the end of each video.


Dramaturgy (Dramaturgical Analysis)Erving Goffmann’s theory compares life and the roles we play as a theatrical performance. People have specific roles that they have been socialized to play. Each person also has a specific types of performances known as the Front-Stage Self and Back-Stage Self. This video also describes how people engage in impression management. Further explanation of dramaturgical analysis or dramaturgy can be found on page 86 of Sociology 2e by OpenStax College.

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