Social structures

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9A: Any group of people involved in interpersonal relationship is a society. How do we humans all live together in such highly populated cities? How does a society change? You will learn about some famous sociological theories which aim to address these important questions, from conflict theory and feminist theory to social constructionism.

Understanding social structures questions

Understanding social structures questions

Social institutions

VIDEO 3:27 minutes
Institutions are structures of society that fulfill the needs of the society. Not only are they essential to the society's needs, they also help to build the society itself. By Sydney Brown.


VIDEO 5:42 minutes
Functionalism is a theory of society that focuses on the structures that create the society and on how the society is able to remain stable. By Sydney Brown.

Conflict theory

VIDEO 4:38 minutes
Conflict theory observes how the unrest in a society will cause it to change and evolve to relieve the tension. By Sydney Brown.

Social constructionism

VIDEO 2:46 minutes
Social constructionism observes how the interactions of individuals with their society and the world around them gives meaning to otherwise worthless things and creates the reality of the society. By Sydney Brown.

Symbolic interactionism

VIDEO 3:35 minutes

Feminist theory

VIDEO 6:46 minutes

Social theories overview (part 1)

VIDEO 4:11 minutes
An overview of functionalism, conflict theory, social constructionism, and symbolic interactionism to help you keep them all straight. By Sydney Brown.