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Read more about Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World

Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World

Copyright Year: 2016

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

License: CC BY-NC-SA

The founders of sociology in the United States wanted to make a difference. A central aim of the sociologists of the Chicago school was to use sociological knowledge to achieve social reform. A related aim of sociologists like Jane Addams, W.E.B. DuBois, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett and others since was to use sociological knowledge to understand and alleviate gender, racial, and class inequality.

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Read more about Introduction to Sociology - 3e

Introduction to Sociology - 3e

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: Conerly, Holmes, and Tamang

Publisher: OpenStax

License: CC BY

Introduction to Sociology 3e aligns to the topics and objectives of many introductory sociology courses. It is arranged in a manner that provides foundational sociological theories and contexts, then progresses through various aspects of human and societal interactions. The new edition is focused on driving meaningful and memorable learning experiences related to critical thinking about society and culture. The text includes comprehensive coverage of core concepts, discussions and data relevant to a diverse audience, and features that draw learners into the discipline in powerful and personal ways. Overall, Introduction to Sociology 3e aims to center the course and discipline as crucial elements for understanding relationships, society, and civic engagement; the authors seek to lay the foundation for students to apply what they learn throughout their lives and careers.

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Read more about Introduction to Sociology - 2nd Canadian Edition

Introduction to Sociology - 2nd Canadian Edition

Copyright Year: 2016

Contributors: Little and McGivern

Publisher: BCcampus

License: CC BY

Introduction to Sociology adheres to the scope and sequence of a typical introductory sociology course. In addition to comprehensive coverage of core concepts, foundational scholars, and emerging theories, we have incorporated section reviews with engaging questions, discussions that help students apply the sociological imagination, and features that draw learners into the discipline in meaningful ways. Although this text can be modified and reorganized to suit your needs, the standard version is organized so that topics are introduced conceptually, with relevant, everyday experiences.

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Read more about Classical Sociological Theory and Foundations of American Sociology

Classical Sociological Theory and Foundations of American Sociology

Copyright Year: 2018

Contributor: Hurst

Publisher: Oregon State University

License: CC BY-SA

There are a few major themes that come up over and over again during the course of classical sociological theory’s development. All three classical theorists were writing at a time when sociology was a new and emerging discipline. This new discipline was called forth by momentous social changes taking place in European (and American) society during this time period. These changes were related to the rise of capitalism, industrialization, and new political representation for the majority of people (or, at least, a desire for such by many). Calls for socialism emerged as a response to recognition of new social divisions. Each of the three theorists you will read here weighed in on these historical changes, theorizing the contours and dynamics of this new “modern” society.

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Read more about Reading Social Science Methods

Reading Social Science Methods

Copyright Year: 2023

Contributor: Reisner

Publisher: University of Illinois Library - Urbana

License: CC BY-NC

Science has great potential to benefit society, but this potential comes with risks as well. Directed at introductory level social science and humanities majors, this textbook teaches the rules and limits of social science methods. Reisner starts from the assumption that it is not necessary to be able to do research to read and judge the soundness of research publications. The chapters guide students through an explicit set of rules for reading research articles developed from three common research methods: content analysis, survey research, and experimental method.

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Read more about Social Data Analysis

Social Data Analysis

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: Arthur and Clark

Publisher: Rhode Island College Digital Publishing

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Social data analysis enables you, as a researcher, to organize the facts you collect during your research. Your data may have come from a questionnaire survey, a set of interviews, or observations. They may be data that have been made available to you from some organization, national or international agency or other researchers. Whatever their source, social data can be daunting to put together in a way that makes sense to you and others.

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Read more about A People’s History of Structural Racism in Academia: From A(dministration of Justice) to Z(oology)

A People’s History of Structural Racism in Academia: From A(dministration of Justice) to Z(oology)

Copyright Year: 2022

Contributors: Rahman, Sunder, and Jackson

Publisher: Susan Rahman

License: CC BY

The contents of this book were developed under an Open Textbooks Pilot grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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Read more about Sexuality, the Self, and Society

Sexuality, the Self, and Society

Copyright Year: 2022

Contributors: Rahman, Bowman, and Jackson

Publisher: Susan Rahman

License: CC BY

Content included in Sexuality, the Self, and Society is aligned with the typical scope for an introductory, interdisciplinary Human Sexuality Textbook. It is written to be a complete text for a semester length course but could be used, in part, reorganized, or edited in true OER fashion. It is meant to be accessible, relevant, and inclusive. It also will not remain static meaning that the author will continue to update periodically and those who adopt may do so as they see fit.

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Read more about Urban Literacy: Learning to Read the City Around You

Urban Literacy: Learning to Read the City Around You

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: Serbulo

Publisher: Portland State University Library

License: CC BY-NC

This book introduces students to the basic concepts of urban studies. It is an interdisciplinary text that was developed for lower-division undergraduate students. The book is organized into thematic chapters that explore different aspects of urban life, such as the environment, housing, and culture. Each chapter introduces a new way of conceptualizing the city, presents core theories and concepts, and provides examples and case studies from cities around the globe to illustrate the ideas presented in the text. At the end of each chapter, there are review questions and a series of interactive field activities where students can apply the concepts introduced in the chapter to a real-world setting. Many of the field activities can be adapted to online or remote learning modalities. This textbook is appropriate for interdisciplinary courses with urban themes or for introductory urban studies, urban sociology, or urban geography classes.

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Read more about Research Methods for Criminal  Justice Students

Research Methods for Criminal Justice Students

Copyright Year: 2022

Contributor: Williams

Publisher: Monica Williams

License: CC BY-NC-SA

This book is based on two open-access textbooks: Bhattacherjee’s (2012) Social science research: Principles, methods, and practices and Blackstone’s (2012) Principles of sociological inquiry: Qualitative and quantitative methods. I first used Bhattacherjee’s book in a graduate-level criminal justice research methods course. I chose the book because it was an open educational resource that covered the major topics of my course. While I found the book adequate for my purposes, the business school perspective did not always fit with my criminal justice focus. I decided to rewrite the textbook for undergraduate and graduate students in my criminal justice research methods courses. As I researched other open- educational resources for teaching social science research methods, I found Blackstone’s book, which covered more of the social science and qualitative methods perspectives that I wanted to incorporate into my book.

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