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Open Educational Resources (OER)

An informative guide on what OER are and what services we offer to support your adoption of OER.

Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice

Ethics in Law Enforcement by Steve McCartney and Rick Parent

Ethics in Law Enforcement familiarizes students with the basic history, principles, and theories of ethics and applies them to the major components of the criminal justice system: policing, the courts, and corrections. Discussion focus on personal values, individual responsibility, decision making, discretion, and the structure of accountability. Specific topics covered include core values, codes of conduct, ethical dilemmas, organizational consequences, liability, and the importance of critical thinking. (Source BCcampus OpenEd)


Instruction in Functional Assessment by Marcie Desrochers and Moira Fallon

Instruction in Functional Assessment introduces learners to functional assessment (FA), which includes a variety of assessment approaches (indirect, observational, and experimental) for identifying the cause of an individual's challenging behavior for the purpose of designing effective treatments. Instruction in FA is essential for students who will one day enter professions as educators, psychologists, social workers, counselors, or mental health professionals. (Source: Open Textbook Library)


 Introduction to Sociology 2e by Heather Griffiths

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. The textbook presents section reviews with rich questions, discussions that help students apply their knowledge, and features that draw learners into the discipline in meaningful ways. (Source: OpenStax) 


Principles of Sociological Inquiry - Qualitative and Quantitative Methods by Amy Blackstone

Principles of Sociological Inquiry: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods emphasizes the relevance of research methods for the everyday lives of its readers, undergraduate students. It introduces students to the core principles of social research in a way that is straightforward and engaging and provides balanced coverage of qualitative and quantitative approaches by integrating a variety of examples from recent and classic sociological research. (Source: Open Textbook Library)


Social Problems: Continuity and Change

Social Problems: Continuity and Change is a realistic but motivating look at the many issues that are facing our society today. The book 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. Students 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. (Source: Open Textbook Library and University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing)


Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World

Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World is designed for the audience of sociology instructors and students who are drawn to sociology because they want to learn a body of knowledge that could help them make a difference in the world at large. It 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. (Source: Open Textbook Library and University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing)

Introduction to Sociology
Lumen / Candela
This course opens the door to students in their understanding of how to research and engage with the field of sociology. Key concepts include the sociological imagination and perspectives, scientific research methods, culture and society, socialization and interaction, deviance, crime and social control, inequality, race and ethnicity, gender, sex and sexuality, marriage and family, religion and education, health and aging, urbanization, the environment, government, work and the economy, and media. This course is based on the OpenStax Introduction to Sociology 2e textbook.


SOC101: Introduction to Sociology
Saylor Academy
This course is designed to introduce students to a range of basic sociological principles so they can develop their own sociological imagination. Students will learn about the origins of sociology as a discipline and be introduced to major sociological theories and methods of research. They will also explore such topics as sex and gender, deviance, and racism. This course is based on the OpenStax Introduction to Sociology 2e textbook.

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