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ANTH101: Free textbook and hub for teaching cultural anthropology
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This OER is a free alternative to expensive Introduction to Cultural Anthropology textbooks. It includes a full textbook and several original videos, 10 "challenges" (assignments), a hub of original and found resources for teaching and learning anthropology, a “connected course” of many faculty around the world sharing instructional materials, an open course freely available to anyone online, and an emerging producer of original anthropological videos and other digital content.

Subject:
Anthropology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Michael Wesch
Ryan Klataske
Tom Woodward
Date Added:
06/17/2020
The Art of Being Human: A Textbook for Cultural Anthropology
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Anthropology is the study of all humans in all times in all places. But it is so much more than that. “Anthropology requires strength, valor, and courage,” Nancy Scheper-Hughes noted. “Pierre Bourdieu called anthropology a combat sport, an extreme sport as well as a tough and rigorous discipline. … It teaches students not to be afraid of getting one’s hands dirty, to get down in the dirt, and to commit yourself, body and mind. Susan Sontag called anthropology a “heroic” profession.” What is the payoff for this heroic journey? You will find ideas that can carry you across rivers of doubt and over mountains of fear to find the the light and life of places forgotten. Real anthropology cannot be contained in a book. You have to go out and feel the world’s jagged edges, wipe its dust from your brow, and at times, leave your blood in its soil. In this unique book, Dr. Michael Wesch shares many of his own adventures of being an anthropologist and what the science of human beings can tell us about the art of being human. This special first draft edition is a loose framework for more and more complete future chapters and writings. It serves as a companion to anth101.com, a free and open resource for instructors of cultural anthropology.

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Anthropology
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Textbook
Provider:
New Prairie Press
Author:
Michael Wesch
Date Added:
08/30/2018
Introduction to Human Osteology
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This text was designed for use in the human osteology laboratory classroom. Bones are described to aid in identification of skeletonized remains in either an archaeological or forensic anthropology setting. Basic techniques for siding, aging, sexing, and stature estimation are described. Both images of bone and drawings are included which may be used for study purposes outside of the classroom. The text represents work that has been developed over more than 30 years by its various authors and is meant to present students with the basic analytical tools for the study of human osteology.

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Architecture and Design
Anatomy/Physiology
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Textbook
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Grand Valley State University
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ScholarWorks@GVSU
Author:
Georg Neumann
Gwyn Madden
Holm Neumann
Kenneth Beals
Roberta Hall
Date Added:
05/14/2012
Introduction to Sociology
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Introductory Sociology Course developed through the Ohio Department of Higher Education OER Innovation Grant. The course is part of the Ohio Transfer Module and is also named OSS021. For more information about credit transfer between Ohio colleges and universities, please visit: www.ohiohighered.org/transfer.

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Social Science
Sociology
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Full Course
Author:
Anjel Stough-Hunter
Dee Malcuit
Irene Petten
Kwaku Oboso-Mensah
Date Added:
05/26/2020
Introduction to Sociology
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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

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Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
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Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Eric Strayer
Faye Jones
Gail Scaramuzzo
Jeff Bry
Nathan Keirns
Sally Vyain
Susan Cody-Rydezerski
Tommy Sadler
Date Added:
02/23/2015
Introduction to Sociology 2e
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Introduction to Sociology 2e adheres to the scope and sequence of a typical, one-semester introductory sociology course. It offers comprehensive coverage of core concepts, foundational scholars, and emerging theories, which are supported by a wealth of engaging learning materials. The textbook presents detailed section reviews with rich questions, discussions that help students apply their knowledge, and features that draw learners into the discipline in meaningful ways. The second edition retains the book’s conceptual organization, aligning to most courses, and has been significantly updated to reflect the latest research and provide examples most relevant to today’s students. In order to help instructors transition to the revised version, the 2e changes are described within the preface.

Subject:
Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Date Added:
02/21/2020
Introduction to Sociology 2e, Marriage and Family, What Is Marriage? What Is a Family?
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Describe society’s current understanding of familyRecognize changes in marriage and family patternsDifferentiate between lines of decent and residence

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Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Mindy Boland
Date Added:
02/21/2020
Introduction to Sociology 2e, Race and Ethnicity, Intergroup Relationships
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This module explains different intergroup relations in terms of their relative levels of tolerance, and provides historical and/or contemporary examples of each type of intergroup relation.

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Social Science
Sociology
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Module
Author:
Mindy Boland
Date Added:
02/21/2020
Introduction to Sociology 2e, Race and Ethnicity, Race and Ethnicity in the United States
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Compare and contrast the different experiences of various ethnic groups in the United StatesApply theories of intergroup relations, race, and ethnicity to different subordinate groups

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Social Science
Sociology
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Module
Author:
Mindy Boland
Date Added:
02/21/2020
Introduction to Sociology 2e, Race and Ethnicity, Racial, Ethnic, and Minority Groups
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In this module, students will learn to understand the difference between race and ethnicity, define a majority group (dominant group), and define a minority group (subordinate group).

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Social Science
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Module
Author:
Mindy Boland
Date Added:
02/21/2020
Introduction to Sociology 2e, Race and Ethnicity, Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
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This module explains the difference between stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, and racism identifies different types of discrimination and views racial tension through a sociological lens.

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Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Mindy Boland
Date Added:
02/21/2020
Introduction to Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
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This textbook introduces key feminist concepts and analytical frameworks used in the interdisciplinary Women, Gender, Sexualities field. It unpacks the social construction of knowledge and categories of difference, processes and structures of power and inequality, with a focus on gendered labor in the global economy, and the historical development of feminist social movements. The book emphasizes feminist sociological approaches to analyzing structures of power, drawing heavily from empirical feminist research.

Subject:
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Author:
Donovan Lessard
Laura Heston
Miliann Kang
Sonny Nordmarken
Date Added:
06/30/2017
Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology
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The first peer-reviewed open access textbook for cultural anthropology courses. Produced by the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges and available free of charge for use in any setting.

Subject:
Anthropology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
American Anthropological Association
Author:
Laura Gonzales
Nina Brown
Thomas McIlwraith
Date Added:
01/01/2017
Social Problems: Continuity and Change
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Social Problems: Continuity and Change by Steve Barkan is a realistic but motivating look at the many issues that are facing our society today. As this book’s subtitle, Continuity and Change, implies, social problems are persistent, but they have also improved in the past and can be improved in the present and future, provided that our nation has the wisdom and will to address them.

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.

You will find several pedagogical features help to convey the “continuity and change” theme of this text and the service sociology vision in which it is grounded: Each chapter begins with a “Social Problems in the News” story related to the social problem discussed in that chapter. These stories provide an interesting starting point for the chapter’s discussion and show its relevance for real-life issues. Three types of boxes in each chapter provide examples of how social problems have been changed and can be changed.

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project
Author:
Steven Barkan
Date Added:
06/15/2019
Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World
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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.

Steve Barkan’s Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World makes sociology relevant for today’s students by balancing traditional coverage with a fresh approach that takes them back to sociology’s American roots in the use of sociological knowledge for social reform.

Print on demand edition available here: https://www.uncpress.org/book/9781469659282/sociology/

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project
Author:
Steve Barkan
Date Added:
06/15/2019