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Read more about Impact of Materials on Society

Impact of Materials on Society

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: Acord, Jones, and Bryant

Publisher: University of Florida

License: CC BY-NC

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

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributors: Wolters and Steel

Publisher: Oregon State University

License: CC BY-NC

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

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: Vézina

Publisher: Kwantlen Polytechnic University

License: CC BY-NC

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

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: DeCarlo, Cummings, and Agnelli

Publisher: Open Social Work Education

License: CC BY-NC-SA

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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Read more about Knowing Home: Braiding Indigenous Science with Western Science Book 1

Knowing Home: Braiding Indigenous Science with Western Science Book 1

Copyright Year: 2016

Contributors: Snively  and Williams

Publisher: University of Victoria

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Knowing Home attempts to capture the creative vision of Indigenous scientific knowledge and technology that is derived from an ecology of a home place. The traditional wisdom component of Indigenous Science—the values and ways of decision-making—assists humans in their relationship with each other, the land and water, and all of creation. Indigenous perspectives have the potential to give insight and guidance to the kind of environmental ethics and deep understanding that we must gain as we attempt to solve the increasingly complex problems of the 21st century.

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Read more about Climate Lessons: Environmental, Social, Local

Climate Lessons: Environmental, Social, Local

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: Bakermans

Publisher: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

License: CC BY-NC

Anthropogenic climate change is one of the, if not the most, pressing issues of our times. The problems that it causes range across many social and environmental domains from habitat and species loss and displacement to the more human and social concerns and issues of access to water, sea level rise that affects coastal communities, to economic degradation as a result of the aforementioned and other connected issues such as increased frequency of storms, droughts, wildfires, and the like. We also know that the affects of climate change are not distributed evenly across populations- that many will and do feel the negative effects of this slow developing problem earlier and more intensely than others based on where they are located both geographically and within economic and other socio-cultural hierarchies. We also know that recently, there is a marked effort to begin to move away from simply decrying the horrors of climate change to a continued recognition of those horrors as they exist now and into the future alongside attempts to begin to come to terms with the changing climate and to rethink the ways that our social and environmental relations and communities are organized with an eye toward both adapting to these changes and mitigating further damage. There is, however, much work to be done. This book was co-authored by undergraduate students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute while exploring the influences of Earth systems and human systems on climate change and the communities at most risk in an interdisciplinary project-based first year course. This course attempts to bring together knowledge of the science of ecological and climate systems and their changing status with knowledge of the social and communal structures within which these systems are embedded and through which they have been influenced. The book highlights key interests and insights of current students in their quest to think through these issues and to create a better world.

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Read more about Principles of Social Psychology - 1st International Edition

Principles of Social Psychology - 1st International Edition

Copyright Year: 2014

Contributors: Jhangiani, Tarry, and Stangor

Publisher: BCcampus

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Helping students organize their thinking about social psychology at a conceptual level.

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Read more about Humans R Social Media - Open Textbook Edition

Humans R Social Media - Open Textbook Edition

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: Daly

Publisher: The University of Arizona

License: CC BY

Social media and humans exist in a world of mutual influence, and humans play central roles in how this influence is mediated and transferred. Originally created by University of Arizona Information scholar Diana Daly, this Third Edition of the book Humans are Social Media uses plain language and features contributions by students to help readers understand how we as humans shape social media, and how social media shapes our world in turn.

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Read more about Language and Culture in Context - A Primer on Intercultural Communication

Language and Culture in Context - A Primer on Intercultural Communication

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributor: Godwin-Jones

Publisher: Virginia Commonwealth University

License: CC BY-NC

The text introduces some of the key concepts in intercultural communication as traditionally presented in (North American) courses and textbooks, namely the study of differences between cultures, as represented in the works and theories of Edward Hall and Geert Hofstede. Common to these approaches is the prominence of context, leading to a view of human interactions as dynamic and changeable, given the complexity of language and culture, as human agents interact with their environments.

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Read more about Her Şey Bir Merhaba ile Başlar

Her Şey Bir Merhaba ile Başlar

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: Okur

Publisher: COERLL

License: CC BY-SA

Her Şey Bir Merhaba ile Başlar was developed for intermediate level Turkish language courses at the University of Texas at Austin. Intermediate learners and their instructors may use it for different purposes: self-study, classroom instruction, tutoring, or as a pastime. The lessons in Her Şey Bir Merhaba ile Başlar integrate reading, listening and viewing comprehension, writing and speaking practice, grammar, vocabulary, and cultural activities. Dozens of audio and video clips of Turkish speakers describing their lives, their culture, and their country support and enhance these activities. The Her Şey Bir Merhaba ile Başlar textbook, interactive H5P exercises, and YouTube channel comprise a media-rich open educational resource (OER) developed by Dr. Jeannette Okur at the University of Texas at Austin and published by the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning under the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant #P229A180003, with additional support from the UT Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services and the UT Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

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