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Read more about Gendered Lives: Global Issues

Gendered Lives: Global Issues

Contributors: Fernandez and Nelson

Publisher: Milne Open Textbooks

A gender studies textbook that takes an anthropological approach.

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Read more about America: The User’s Manual

America: The User’s Manual

Contributor: Kantack

Publisher: Benjamin R. Kantack

This is a free textbook written for introductory undergraduate courses in American politics. It may also be suitable for precocious high school students, as well as nonstudents who are interested in learning how American government works.

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Read more about Culturas hispanas a través de la pantalla / Hispanic Cultures Through the Screen

Culturas hispanas a través de la pantalla / Hispanic Cultures Through the Screen

Contributor: López-Aguilera

Publisher: Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project

Este libro de texto busca fomentar el visionado crítico de productos audiovisuales contemporáneos y el reflexionar sobre la representación de las culturas hispanas en webseries y vídeos musicales. This textbook aims to promote critical viewing of contemporary audiovisual products and thinking about the representation of Hispanic cultures in web series and music videos.

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Read more about Negotiating Climate Change in Crisis

Negotiating Climate Change in Crisis

Contributors: Böhm and Sullivan

Publisher: Steffen Böhm and Sian Sullivan

Climate change negotiations have failed the world. Despite more than thirty years of high-level, global talks on climate change, we are still seeing carbon emissions rise dramatically. This edited volume, comprising leading and emerging scholars and climate activists from around the world, takes a critical look at what has gone wrong and what is to be done to create more decisive action. Composed of twenty-eight essays—a combination of new and republished texts—the anthology is organised around seven main themes: paradigms; what counts?; extraction; dispatches from a climate change frontline country; governance; finance; and action(s). Through this multifaceted approach, the contributors ask pressing questions about how we conceptualise and respond to the climate crisis, providing both ‘big picture’ perspectives and more focussed case studies. This unique and extensive collection will be of great value to environmental and social scientists alike, as well as to the general reader interested in understanding current views on the climate crisis.

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Read more about Human Development

Human Development

Publisher: Portland State University Library

This open textbook is designed for Human Development, a core Psychology course. This course provides a bird’s eye view of major milestones and developmental tasks during each age period, starting at conception and ending with old age.

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Read more about Arguments in Context

Arguments in Context

Contributor: Robinson

Publisher: Muhlenberg College

Arguments in Context is a comprehensive introduction to critical thinking that covers all the basics in student-friendly language. Intended for use in a semester-long course, the text features classroom-tested examples and exercises that have been chosen to emphasize the relevance and applicability of the subject to everyday life. Three themes are developed as the text proceeds from argument identification and analysis, to the standards and techniques of evaluation: (i) the importance of asking the right questions, (ii) the influence of biases, cognitive illusions, and other psychological factors, and (iii) the ways that social situations and structures can enhance and impoverish our thinking. On this last point, the text includes sustained discussion of disagreement, cooperative dialogue, testimony, trust, and social media. Overall, the text aims to equip readers with a set of tools for working through important decisions and disagreements, and to help them become more careful and active thinkers.

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Read more about Impact of Materials on Society

Impact of Materials on Society

Contributors: Acord, Jones, and Bryant

Publisher: University of Florida

This textbook supports the Impact of Materials on Society course and teaching materials, developed with the Materials Research Society. The textbook offers an exploration into materials (including ceramics, clay, concrete, glass, metals, and polymers) and the relationship with technologies and social structures. The textbook was developed by an interdisciplinary team from Engineering and Liberal Arts and Sciences, including anthropologists, sociologists, historians, media studies experts, Classicists, and more.

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Read more about The Environmental Politics and Policy of Western Public Lands

The Environmental Politics and Policy of Western Public Lands

Contributors: Wolters and Steel

Publisher: Oregon State University

In this volume, Erika Allen Wolters and Brent Steel have brought together the experts who can explain the evolution of public lands policies and politics in all their complexities. While their subject is complex, their prose is clear, and while their subject is torn by some of the most viciously self-interested, deceitful arguments in politics today, their prose is calm, factual, and evenhanded. No one should underestimate what a rare and valuable gift this is.

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Read more about Political Ideologies and Worldviews: An Introduction

Political Ideologies and Worldviews: An Introduction

Contributor: Vézina

Publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Political Ideologies and Worldviews: An Introduction takes a “pluralist” approach and, in addition to being the first open textbook on its subject, also pushes back against the Eurocentric tendencies of standard textbooks by including chapters on Indigenous worldviews and Confucianism. Providing the latest scholarship on “classical ideologies” (liberalism, conservatism, socialism, anarchism, etc.), the textbook also includes innovative chapters on populism, feminism, and multiculturalism, as well as looking at the future of ideologies in a globalized world. Joining together scholars from Canada and beyond, the text also contains discussion questions to help students and readers to think further.

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Read more about Graduate research methods in social work

Graduate research methods in social work

Contributors: DeCarlo, Cummings, and Agnelli

Publisher: Open Social Work Education

We designed our book to help graduate social work students through every step of the research process, from conceptualization to dissemination. Our textbook centers cultural humility, information literacy, pragmatism, and an equal emphasis on quantitative and qualitative methods. It includes extensive content on literature reviews, cultural bias and respectfulness, and qualitative methods, in contrast to traditionally used commercial textbooks in social work research.

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