Sociology Video Collection


The thousands of individual titles in this collection comprehensively cover the wide range of topics essential to the study of sociology. From poverty, gender inequality, and social justice to crime, prejudice, globalization, and so much more, key subjects in sociology are explored by in-depth documentaries and curriculum-focused instructional videos.


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Collection by the Numbers

4,339 Hours

Collection Highlights

Up: The Classic Documentary Series – the longitudinal study documentary series that revisits the lives of the same people every seven years, from the age of seven to the present day. Aside from the core episodes from Michael Apted’s original U.K. series, the format was also extended to America, Japan, South Africa, and Russia/U.S.S.R. 20 programs.

Why Poverty? – the Peabody Award-winning PBS series that presents more than eight hours of moving and thought-provoking stories from around the globe, while asking difficult questions about why a billion people worldwide still live in poverty.


Racial Facial – short but powerful look at race in America. It provides a blur of fascinating images and video—historical and contemporary—depicting both the division and blending that has characterized the history and treatment of people of color in this country.

Understanding Sociology – a comprehensive seven-part series introducing sociology’s origins, core concepts, theory, research methods, applications, and more.

Numerous titles on women’s issues around the globe: Jihadi BridesThe Rise of Female ViolenceMaids: Docile and Invisible—A Story on Domestic WorkersTo End Honor KillingBreaking the Wall of Gender Inequality: How Gender Balance Can Transform the Global Economy; and many others.

Race: The Power of an Illusion – the groundbreaking three-hour documentary series by California Newsreel that debunks the misconception that “race” is a physiologically accurate way to categorize human beings.

America in Black and White – a five-part ABC News Nightline series covering the wide-ranging issues of race relations in America and gun violence, including a unique look at traffic stops from the perspective of officers and civilians; gun safety for civilians; law enforcement training; and more.

Real People, Real Sex—Clinical Conversations for the Human Sexuality Classroom – each program in this eight-part series includes spontaneous, unrehearsed conversations with interviewees as they reflect on their personal experiences.

Institute of Art and Ideas: Cutting-Edge Debates and Talks from the World's Leading Thinkers, Series 1 & 2  – from Europe’s leading forum for big ideas, boundary-pushing thinkers, and challenging debates comes this 95-part series offering unique access to the most brilliant minds working today in the fields of science, philosophy, politics, and art.

More than 80 documentaries and lectures on LGBTQ issues, including Suited and Fall to Grace from HBO®; How Gay Is Pakistan?Sex Changes That Made HistoryCold Fear: Gay Life in Russia from BBC; and many others.

More than 195 exclusive programs from The Bill Moyers Collection, including On Our Own Terms, his six-hour series on death and dying; Challenging Hispanic Stereotypes: Arturo MadridAmerica’s Growing Economic DivideUnequal Education; and more.


Ken Burns’s two-part series Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, a Peabody, Emmy, and CINE Gold Eagle Award winner.


Documentaries on key figures who reshaped the social landscape or our view of it, including Margaret Sanger, Arturo Madrid, Jane Elliot, Paul Robeson, Susan B. Anthony, Alfred Kinsey, Sandra Laing, Martin Luther King Jr., Margaret Fuller, Paul Ehrlich, Sojourner Truth, Richard Rodriguez, William Julius Wilson, Gloria Steinem, Luis Valdez, and more.

This collection is a flexible, essential tool for any sociology educator. All titles are segmented into short, pedagogical clips, ideal for intermittent use during classroom lectures. For classwork viewing, students can choose to view the entire film without interruption. Titles are sorted across distinct, browsable subject categories, enabling refined searches for available titles in specific topic areas.

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