Ted Talks

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

Below are a number of Ted Talks relevant to your Sociology studies. All of these can be found on YouTube.

Society and Sociology in General

  • Gender Roles in Society
  • The end of Social Sciences.
  • What are sociologists for?
  • The Wisdom of Sociology
  • How economic Inequality harms societies.


  • Do schools kill creativity
  • Every Kid needs a champion
  • Bring on the learning revolution
  • Individualisation, failure and fun
  • What if students controlled their own learning?
  • What kids wish their teacher knew.
  • Homeschooling makes me happy.
  • Purpose of education
  • Paper Towns and why learning is awesome
  • What if Finland’s great teachers taught in your school?
  • Are qualifications worth it?

Family and Households

  • The future of families.
  • Fusion families
  • the Myth of broken families
  • Uninventing the modern family
  • I don’t want children, stop telling me I will change my mind.
  • Do kids think of sperm donors as family.
  • Marriage 2.0
  • The real effects of single parents families.

Crime and Deviance

  • Living in a surveillance state.
  • A vision of crimes in the future
  • Lessons from Death Row inmates.
  • Why education not punishment is a solution to reducing crime.
  • Focus on places, not people to prevent crime.
  • Global criminal network.
  • We are all criminals
  • Cyber Crime isn’t about computers but about behaviour.
  • My son the Columbine shooter.
  • We need to talk about prison.

Beliefs in Society

  • Atheism 2.0
  • Science V God
  • I grew up in a cult.. it was heaven and hell.
  • My failed mission to find God
  • What Islam really says about women.
  • Understanding religious roots.
  • Religious Roots
  • Can God and Science share the same space?
  • It’s time to reclaim religion.
  • Is religion good or bad?

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