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Open Educational Resources: Sociology

A guide to textbooks, course materials and multimedia which are free or or low cost for educational use. These resources were created with the intention of being widely used and are legal to use in courses with proper citation.

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Open Sociology Textbooks

 

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

This ebook is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

 

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

This text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

 

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

This ebook is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license.


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

This text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License


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

This text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License