New COVID-19 and Health Disparities lecture

I recorded a new version of the lecture I created last spring: COVID-19 and Health Disparities. It defines health disparities, introduces the theory of fundamental causes, and then describes COVID-19 disparities by race/ethnicity and age with reference to education and occupational inequality. For intro sociology students. Using data from Bureau of Labor Statistics (inspired by…

Race and racism in America (video)

In my Social Problems class we're spending the next few weeks on race, racial inequality, and racial politics. Step one is this lecture on race and racism. After a tangent on racial identity, idealism and its enemies, I address biology and race, describing the classic racist racial categories in relation to vast human diversity in…

Demographic facts your students need to know right now (with COVID-19 addendum)

Here’s the 2020 update of a series I started in 2013. This year, after the basic facts, I'll add some pandemic facts below. Is it true that “facts are useless in an emergency“? I guess we'll find out this year. Knowing basic demographic facts, and how to do arithmetic, lets us ballpark the claims we…