Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is an on-line magazine that offers a huge
amount of information about all aspects of world population (the statistics been
the least part of the site). The focus here is on "population" in the wider
context, as it relates to areas such as health, the environment, family, gender
and the like.
wide-ranging (if a little text-heavy) site that covers a range of debates,
issues and theories relating to the concept of globalisation. The main area of
interest, in terms of World Sociology, is probably its outline and discussion of
different types of theory:
An invaluable source of
articles (from 1973 to 2005) covering a wide range of issues relating to world
sociology. Most of the articles are pitched at around the right level for
A-level students, although some will probably be more useful as source material
(both written and graphical) for teachers (although since there's a lot of
information here it may take some time and effort to wade through what's
American Studies Today
This site bills itself as "Britain's
first on-line journal of American Studies with a wide range of articles, news
and book reviews" and, in terms of the articles it's certainly not
misleading - there's a huge range of material here covering historical and
contemporary trends in American society (from the role of women in wartime to
cultural connections between Liverpool and America explored through, amongst
other things, John Lennon's life and music).
International Development Research Centre is a Canadian organisation whose site
represents something of a goldmine for teachers of World Sociology; although
this particular link points you to a library of online books (all of which are
completely free to read or download), there are also sections covering free
online reports and publications, an extensive picture library covering
development issues and short videos that can be played online.
A useful site (run by the US Census Bureau) for
teachers looking for data to illustrate gender and age differences among
populations across a large number of countries across the world. The site lets
you specify the year of the pyramid for each country (the UK pyramid, for
example, begins in 1991 and allows projections up to 2050). Enterprising
teachers should find enterprising ways to make this site the centre of a
Reith Lectures 2000
A series of lectures, sponsored by
the BBC in honour of Lord Reith (director-general in the 1920's) that explores
various environmental and World Sociology issues form a number of different
perspectives. The overall theme is "sustainable development", within which
different writers *including the Prince of Wales) discuss particular issues and
solutions to this problem. There are six lectures in the series, each of which
can be browsed as text, audio or video presentations.
Virtual Developing Country
This sub-site is part of the
site and the information it contains has an economic / business education bias.
However, this Virtual Tour of Zambia throws up a lot of useful information for
the World Sociologist - not the least being material on
foreign aid covering arguments for and against, types of aid and the like.
There's a lot of information here, put together in a very professional and
competent way, and while the depth isn't great there's more than enough to keep
students occupied for some considerable time.
Global Simulation Workshop
A nice idea - students take part in a simulation
of "the next 30 years of global economic development" by representing different
geopolitical regions. It seems to involve a huge multimedia exercise that's
reflected in the cost - probably way out of the range of most UK schools and
colleges (perhaps that's part of the simulation - learn how it feels to be a
developing country...). For the terminally-poor there's plenty of information to
browse on the site - just get used to looking without being able to touch
(postmodern irony anyone?).