a sociology podcasting course

This semester, I was asked to prepare a course for Indiana’s “Arts and Science Undergraduate Research Experience” program. The ASURE course is meant to take a small group of strongly committed lower division students into a practical hands-on experience. My choice? Public sociology. So I designed a course around the concept of reading sociology journals, identifying those with policy relevance, and then translating research into public communication.

The syllabus for Sociology 105 Spring 2020. Major activities:

  1. Learn about the concept of public sociology and read about the sociology of the media. We’ll also do readings about the theory of the public.
  2. Choose one recent sociology journal article and write a 1 page policy brief.
  3.  Same article – in class, public speech – with no power point! You gotta memorize it!
  4.  Learn about audio processing.
  5.  Then make a short pod cast where you write a radio style script.
  6.  Team practice project: podcast with instructor to practice interviewing a real person and translate their work.
  7.  Team real project: Identify local IU faculty who are willing to be interviewed about their work, make podcast, and do a poster project for the ASURE program.

Soc Twitter was super helpful in helping me identify a wide range of sociology, policy, journalism, and other social science podcasts. I’ve assembled them here for your convenience.

Podcast Topic Twitter/Website
Sociology Annex Sociology Trends @socannex
Econ Talk Long Form Economics @EconTalker
Code Switch Race and Identity @NPRCodeSwitch
Planet Money Short Form Economics @planetmoney
This American Life Audio Essays on America @ThisAmerLife
Hidden Brain Short Form Psychology @HiddenBrain
Science Vs Popular science @sciencvs
Throughline Historical and Headlines @throughlineNPR
99 Percent Design Design @piorg
No Jargon Varied Social Science @NoJargonPodcasting
NPR Invisibilia Social Science for the Public @NPRinvisibilia
Dolly Parton’s America Culture
Radiolab Long form popular science
New Books in Sociology Reviews of recent sociology books @NewBooksSoc
The Social Breakdown Long form sociology @socbreakdown
Bside Podcast Focus on African American Sociology @bside_podcast
Sociología con Acento Sociology in Spanish @socioconacento
Attached Relationships/Psychology @AttachedPodcast
The Society Pages Sociology in long and short formats @TheSocietyPages
Talking about Organizatiosn Organization Theory/Sociology @talkaboutorgs
We Live Here Race in the Midwest @welivehereSTL
Pushin Industries Social Issues @pushkinpods
Fear Not Comedy sociology. @FearNotOfficial
The Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies Latin America Focus @SECOLAS_org
Latino Media Collective Latino Media @LMC_show
Scene on Radio Podcast of the Duke Center for Documentaries @SceneOnRadio
Earl Hustle Earl hustle talks about incarceration @earhustlesq
Social Science Bites David Edmonds Does Social Science @socialscibites
Vox Website Various podcasts on social science and policy @voxdotcom
An Arm and a Leg Health Care @armandalegshow
American Suburb Social Life from a Journalism Perspective @sandhyadirks
Half Hour of Heterodoxy Ideological Diversity



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Written by fabiorojas

January 9, 2020 at 12:01 am

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  1. It’s Goin’ Down for revolutionary sociology



    January 10, 2020 at 7:28 am

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