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Open Educational Resources: Sociology

Library Resources for Sociology

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Sociology

On this page you will find several open Sociology textbooks along with supplemental material and a few lecture videos.

The purpose of these discipline specific pages is to showcase content that might be of interest to faculty who are considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes. This list of content is by no means exhaustive.  The nature of open educational resources is very collaborative and it is in that spirit that we encourage any comments about the content featured on this page or recommendations of content that are not already listed here.

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Textbooks

Introduction to Sociology  -OpenStax

Introduction to Sociology is intended for a one-semester introductory sociology course. Conceived of and developed by active sociology instructors, this up-to-date title and can be downloaded now by clicking on the "Get this book" button below. This online, fully editable and customizable title includes sociology theory and research; real-world applications; simplify and debate features; and learning objectives for each chapter.

Authors:

  • Nathan Keirns, Zane State College
  • Eric Strayer, Hartnell college
  • Heather Griffiths, Fayetteville State University

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Intro to Sociology  -Ron Hammond Ph.D.

This is a free, online textbook that was developed by the author to engage his students in the course.  The text is complete with diagrams and photographs.  There is even a place where faculty members can request test banks that the authors have developed. -Merlot

Author:

Ron Hammond Ph. D., Utah Valley University, Sociology

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Sociological Landscape -Theories, Realities and Trends  -Dr. Dennis Erasga

More than the usual academic textbook, the present volume presents sociology as terrain that one can virtually traverse and experience. Each version of the sociological imagination captured by the chapter essays takes the readers to the realm of the taken-for-granted (such as zoological collections, food, education, entrepreneurship, religious participation, etc.) and the extraordinary (the likes of organizational fraud, climate change, labour relations, multiple modernities, etc.) - altogether presumed to be problematic and yet possible. Using the sociological perspective as the frame of reference, the readers are invited to interrogate the realities and trends which their social worlds relentlessly create for them, allowing them in return, to discover their unique locations in their cultures' social map.  -intech

Editor:

Dr. Dennis Erasga, De La Salle University

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Sociology of the Family -Ron Hammond, Ph. D.

This is a free, online textbook that was developed by the author to engage his students in the course.  The text is complete with diagrams and photographs.  There is even a place where faculty members can request test banks that the authors have developed. -Merlot

Author:

Ron Hammond Ph. D., Utah Valley University, Sociology

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Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World  -Steve Barkan

This text presents a sociological understanding of society but also a sociological perspective on how to change society, while maintaining the structure and contents of the best mainstream texts. Several pedagogical features of the book convey the sociological perspective and change theme: Social Issues in the News, Sociology Making a Difference, Learning from Other Societies, and Theory Snapshots are just a few topics discussed in the text. -Open Textbook Library

Author:

Dr. Steve Barkan, University of Maine, Sociology

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Social Problems: Continuity and Change -Steve Barkan

It is easy for students to read a social problems textbook and come away feeling frustrated by the enormity of the many social problems facing us today. Social Problems: Continuity and Change certainly does not minimize the persistence of social problems, but neither does it overlook the possibilities for change offered by social research and by the activities of everyday citizens working to make a difference. Readers of Steve Barkan’s book will find many examples of how social problems have been improved and of strategies that hold great potential for solving them today and in the future.

Author:

Dr. Steve Barkan, University of Maine, Sociology

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Open Textbook Collections

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Supplemental Materials

The Sociological Cinema

The Sociological Cinema is an online resource to help sociology instructors incorporate videos into their classes. The centerpiece of the site is a searchable database of video clips. Each clip is tagged with sociological themes, year, and includes a summary of the clip with suggestions of how to use it in the classroom. The focus of the site is on short video clips (<10 minutes), but videos may be up to one hour in length. The site also includes comment sections for all videos, a blog, assignments, video-related scholarship on teaching and learning, and a form to submit new video clips to the site.  -Merlot

The Sociological Cinema from Michael Koliska on Vimeo.

Developers:

  • Valerie Chepp, University of Maryland, Sociology
  • Lester Andrist, University of Maryland, Sociology
  • Paul Deen, Ohio Wesleyan University, Sociology

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Sociology Sounds

SociologySounds is a simple site to make it easy for teachers to find and share great music for their classes. Pairing a great song with a sociological concept can be tricky, but here it's just a few clicks away.  -Merlot

Developer:

Nathan Palmer, Georgia Southern University, Sociology

SociologySounds from Nathan Palmer on Vimeo.

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Introduction to Sociology  -WikiBooks

Because of its complexity, the discipline of Sociology has been subdivided over time into specialty areas. The first section of this book covers the foundations of sociologym including an introduction to the discipline, the methods of study, and some of the dominant theoretical perspectives. The remaining chapters focus on the different areas of study in Sociology.  -WikiBooks

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Lecture Videos

Foundations of Modern Social Theory  -Yale

This course provides an overview of major works of social thought from the beginning of the modern era through the 1920s. Attention is paid to social and intellectual contexts, conceptual frameworks and methods, and contributions to contemporary social analysis. Writers include Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Adam Smith, Marx, Weber, and Durkheim.  -Yale

Instructor:

Iván Szelényi, Yale University, Sociology

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