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Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab Executive Training: Evaluating Social Programs 2011, Spring 2011
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This five-day program on evaluating social programs will provide a thorough understanding of randomized evaluations and pragmatic step-by-step training for conducting one's own evaluation. While the course focuses on randomized evaluations, many of the topics, such as measuring outcomes and dealing with threats to the validity of an evaluation, are relevant for other methodologies. About the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab J-PAL's goal is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence. Every day, evidence generated by J-PAL researchers is influencing policy and improving lives, sometimes very directly - for example through the scale-up of effective programs- but also in less direct but equally important ways. To date, our evidence has helped improve the lives of at least 30 million people around the world through the scale-up of highly effective policies and programs. By 2013, J-PAL aims to have positively impacted 100 million lives.

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Banerjee, Abhijit
Duflo, Esther
Glennerster, Rachel
Date Added:
01/01/2011
The American LGBTQ Rights Movement: An Introduction
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The American LGBTQ Rights Movement: An Introduction is a peer-reviewed chronological survey of the LGBTQ fight for equal rights from the turn of the 20th century to the early 21st century. Illustrated with historical photographs, the book beautifully reveals the heroic people and key events that shaped the American LGBTQ rights movement. The book includes personal narratives to capture the lived experience from each era, as well as details of essential organizations, texts, and court cases that defined LGBTQ activism and advocacy.

Table of Contents
THE BEGINNINGS
THE HOMOPHILE MOVEMENT
GAY LIBERATION
RESPONSE TO ADVERSITY
THE AIDS ERA
THE LGBTQ RIGHTS MOVEMENT
BATTLEFRONTS

Subject:
U.S. History
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Humboldt State University
Kyle Morgan
Meg Rodriguez
Date Added:
11/24/2020
American Soap Operas, Spring 2008
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The television landscape has changed drastically in the past few years; nowhere is this more prevalent than in the American daytime serial drama, one of the oldest forms of television content. This class examines the history of these "soap operas" and their audiences by focusing on the production, consumption, and media texts of soaps. The class will include discussions of what makes soap operas a unique form, the history of the genre, current experimentation with transmedia storytelling, the online fan community, and comparisons between daytime dramas and primetime serials from 24 to Friday Night Lights, through a study of Procter & Gamble's As the World Turns.

Subject:
Sociology
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Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Ford, Samuel
Date Added:
01/01/2008
Beyond Race: Cultural Influences on Human Social Life
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The book is supported by discussion of relevant theory and research in cultural sociology.Beyond Race: Cultural Influences on Human Social Life has stressed learner-centered teaching with the instructor taking on the role of a facilitator of learning. As such, it is expected the instructor will serve as the mediator between the content of this book and learners’ understanding of material on multiple and higher levels. This book does not offer a set of rules in teaching cultural sociology, but rather suggests content and applications to consider and modify as needed by the ever-changing dynamics of instructors and learners.

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Vera Kennedy
Date Added:
11/11/2019
Beyond Race - Cultural Influences on Human Social Life
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The book is supported by discussion of relevant theory and research in cultural sociology. Beyond Race: Cultural Influences on Human Social Life has stressed learner-centered teaching with the instructor taking on the role of a facilitator of learning. As such, it is expected the instructor will serve as the mediator between the content of this book and learners’ understanding of material on multiple and higher levels. This book does not offer a set of rules in teaching cultural sociology, but rather suggests content and applications to consider and modify as needed by the ever-changing dynamics of instructors and learners.

1: Culture and Meaning
Culture is an expression of our lives. It molds our identity and connection to the social world. Whether it is our values, beliefs, norms, language, or everyday artifacts each element of culture reflects who we are and influences our position in society. If you think about how we live, communicate, think and act, these parts of our existence develop from the values, beliefs, and norms we learn from others, the language and symbols we understand, and the artifacts or materials we use.
1.1: Link Between Culture and Society
1.2: Defining Culture
1.3: Cultural Sociology
1.4: Theoretical Perspectives on Culture
1.S: Culture and Meaning (Summary)

2: Culture as a Social Construct
Because culture is a socially meaningful expression that can be articulated and shared it often takes a physical form in our minds. A spiritual or philosophical expression that is not physical in nature becomes tangible in our minds and is equivalent to an “object”. The cultural expression is so real that people perceive it as something achievable or concrete. The mental picture is the object and the meaning associated with the object is the expression when we speak about non-material culture.
2.1: Social Production of Culture
2.2: Collective Culture
2.3: Group and Organizational Culture
2.4: Levels of Culture
2.S: Culture as a Social Construct (Summary)

3: Cultural Power
All humans are comprised of the same biological structure and matter. The unique distinctions among us stem from our culture. The differences in our values, beliefs, norms, expressive language, practices, and artifacts is which stands us apart from each other. Being culturally unique projects exclusivity that draws attention to our variations and differences. People find cultural fit or acceptance from those who share uniqueness or the same cultural characteristics.
3.1: Cultural Hierarchies
3.2: Social and Cultural Capital
3.3: Cultural Hegemoney
3.4: Prejudice and Discrimination
3.S: Cultural Power (Summary)

4: Cultural Identity
Trying to figure out who you are, what you value and believe, and why you think the way you do is a lifelong process. Try to capture the core of your being by describing who you are. Once you have formulated a description of yourself, evaluate what you wrote. Does your description focus on your personal characteristics or your cultural characteristics you learned from other people in your life (i.e., family, friends, congregation, teachers, community, etc.)?
4.1: Identitiy Formation
4.2: Identity Labels and Categories
4.3: Geographic Region
4.4: Race and Ethnicity
4.5: Social Class
4.S: Cultural Identity (Summary)

5: The Multicultural World
Everyday production of culture centers on local and global influences (Giddens 1991). With the advancements in technology and communications, people are experiencing greater social forces in the construction of their cultural reality and identity. The boundaries of locality have expanded to global and virtual contexts that create complexities in understanding the creation, socialization, adaptation, and sustainability of culture.
5.1: Globalization and Identity
5.2: Culture Today
5.3: Building Cultural Intellegence
5.S: The Multicultural World (Summary)

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
Vera Kennedy
Date Added:
07/27/2020
Classical Sociological Theory and Foundations of American Sociology
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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.

Table of Contents
I. Marx and Engels
II. Durkheim
III. Weber
IV. Early American Sociology

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Allison L. Hurst
Date Added:
06/30/2020
Collaborative Consultation and Larger Systems, Fall 2007
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How do individuals and families interface with larger systems, and how do therapists intervene collaboratively? How do larger systems structure the lives of individuals and families? Relationally-trained practitioners are attempting to answer these questions through collaborative and interdisciplinary, team-focused projects in mental health, education, the law, and business, among other fields. Similarly, scholars and researchers are developing specific culturally responsive models: outreach family therapy, collaborative health care, multi-systemic school interventions, social-justice-oriented and spiritual approaches, organizational coaching, and consulting, among others. This course explores these developments and aims at developing a clinical and consulting knowledge that contributes to families, organizations, and communities within a collaborative and social-justice-oriented vision.

Subject:
Management
Psychology
Social Work
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Syllabus
Provider:
UMass Boston
Provider Set:
UMass Boston OpenCourseWare
Author:
Ed.D
Gonzalo Bacigalupe
Date Added:
04/25/2019
The Coming Years, Spring 2008
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" Explore the future through modeling, reading, and discussion in an open-ended seminar! Our fields of interest will include changes in science and technology, culture and lifestyles, and dominant paradigms and societies."

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Rising, James
Date Added:
01/01/2008
Community Resilience to Climate Change: Theory, Research and Practice
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Table of Contents

Section I: Introduction & Key Concepts
Section II: Resilience in Theory
Section III: Identifying & Evaluating Resilience
Section IV: Resilience in Practice
Section V: Future Directions
Section VI: Conclusions

About the Book

This reader is an Open Educational Resource, meant to accompany a graduate or higher-level undergraduate university course in climate change resilience, adaptation, and/or planning. While the material is geared toward students in urban and regional planning, it may also be of interest to students of urban studies, public health, geography, political science, sociology, risk management, and others.

Each section of this volume includes (1) an introductory summary, (2) a reading list with full text articles, (3) student exercises meant to enhance understanding and facilitate in-class discussion, and (4) additional discussion prompts or activities for instructors to use in class. The format of materials is intended to convey key concepts, while leaving ample space for student exploration, discourse, and creativity. Lessons may culminate in an applied, imaginative final project, a sample framework of which is provided at the end of Section VI.

Subject:
Environmental Studies
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Dana E. Hellman
Vivek Shandas
Date Added:
06/29/2020
Contemporary Families: An Equity Lens
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This openly licensed text, created with students, approaches contemporary families from an equity lens. It asks two questions relevant to the Difference, Power, and Discrimination outcomes at Linn-Benton Community College and Oregon State University: “What do families need?” and “How do society and institutions support or get in the way of families getting what they need?" Original content is licensed under CC BY, except as otherwise noted. More specific information can be found under Licenses and Attributions at the bottom of each section.

Table of Contents
1. Social Constructions
2. Studying Families
3. Health and Health Care
4. Housing
5. Connection and Love
6. Visual Culture: Art and Beauty
7. Representation and Belonging
8. Justice
9. Food and Water

Subject:
Social Work
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Elizabeth B. Pearce
Linn-Benton Community College
Date Added:
12/22/2020
Criminology / Deviance OER Course
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This is an OER Criminology / Deviance course. This course was developed using LOUIS Funding to support CRMJ 1340: Deviance (Criminology) to be taught at Northshore Technical Community College for the Fall 2019. Inside this module, educators can find 9 units of content, including PowerPoints, quizzes, assignments and the Canvas Course Cartridge. The link to the course on Canvas Commons is included here. All resources in this course are licensed under the (CC-BY) license, unless otherwise stated. 

Subject:
Criminal Justice
Psychology
Sociology
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Katie Cali
Date Added:
06/20/2019
Defense Politics, Spring 2006
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This course focuses on the institutional relationships that affect the raising, maintenance and use of military forces in the United States. It is about civil/military, government/industry, military/science and military service/military service relations. It examines how politicians, defense contractors, and military officers determine the military might of the United States and analyzes the military strategies of the nation and the bureaucratic strategies of the armed services, contractors, and defense scientists. It offers a combination of military sociology, organizational politics, and the political economy of defense.

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Sapolsky, Harvey
Date Added:
01/01/2006
Epidemiological Thinking For Non-Specialists, Fall 2007
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Introduction to methods and problems in research and applications where quantitative data is analyzed to reconstruct possible pathways of development of behaviors and diseases. Special attention given to social inequalities, changes over the life course, heterogeneous pathways, and controversies with implications for policy and practice. Case studies and course projects are shaped to accommodate students with interests in fields related to health, gerontology, education, psychology, sociology, and public policy. Students are assumed to have a statistical background, but the course emphasizes the ability to frame the questions in order to collaborate well with statistical specialists; the goal is methodological "literacy" not technical expertise.

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Assessment
Case Study
Full Course
Syllabus
Provider:
UMass Boston
Provider Set:
UMass Boston OpenCourseWare
Author:
Ph.D.
Professor Peter Taylor
Date Added:
04/25/2019
Exploring Our Social World: The Story of Us
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This text was envisioned as an essentials text, providing coverage of the main areas of study reviewed in most introduction to sociology classes.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Sociological Research in the Service of Society
1.1 The Sociological Perspective
1.2 Understanding Society
1.3 Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology
1.4 Sociology as a Social Science
1.5 Stages in the Sociological Research Process
1.6 Research Design in Sociology
1.7 Ethical Issues in Sociological Research
1.8 Sociological Research in the Service of Society
1.9 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 2: Culture
Social Issues in the News
2.1 Culture and the Sociological Perspective
2.2 The Elements of Culture
2.3 Cultural Diversity
2.4 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 3: Socialization
Social Issues in the News
3.1 The Importance of Socialization
3.2 Explaining Socialization
3.3 Agents of Socialization
3.4 Socialization Through the Life Course
3.5 Resocialization and Total Institutions
3.6 Socialization Practices and Improving Society
3.7 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 4: Social Structure and Social Interaction
Social Issues in the News
4.1 Social Structure: The Building Blocks of Social Life
4.2 The Development of Modern Society
4.3 Social Interaction in Everyday Life
4.4 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 5: Groups and Organizations
Social Issues in the News
5.1 Social Groups
5.2 Group Dynamics and Behavior
5.3 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 6: Deviance, Crime, and Social Control
Social Issues in the News
6.1 Social Control and the Relativity of Deviance
6.2 Explaining Deviance
6.3 Crime and Criminals
6.4 The Get-Tough Approach: Boon or Bust?
6.5 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 7: Social Stratification
Social Issues in the News
7.1 Systems of Stratification
7.2 Explaining Stratification
7.3 Social Class in the United States
7.4 Economic Inequality and Poverty in the United States
7.5 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 8: Global Stratification and Demography
Social Issues in the News
8.1 The Nature and Extent of Global Stratification
8.2 The Impact of Global Poverty
8.3 Explaining Global Stratification
8.4 Population
8.5 Population Growth and Decline
8.6 Urbanization
8.7 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 9: Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues in the News
9.1 Racial and Ethnic Relations
9.2 The Meaning of Race, Ethnicity and Minority Status
9.3 Stereotypes and Prejudice
9.4 Discrimination
9.5 Patterns of Intergroup Relations
9.6 Racial and Ethnic Inequality in the United States
9.7 Race and Ethnicity in the 21st Century
9.8 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 10: Gender and Gender Inequality
Social Issues in the News
10.1 Understanding Sex and Gender
10.2 Feminism and Sexism
10.3 Gender Inequality
10.4 Violence Against Women: Rape and Pornography
10.5 The Benefits and Costs of Being Male
10.6 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 11: Politics, Government, and Economies
Social Issues in the News
11.1 Power and Authority
11.2 Types of Political Systems
11.3 Theories of Power and Society
11.4 Politics in the United States
11.5 War and Terrorism
11.6 Economic Development in Historical Perspective
11.7 Types of Economic Systems
11.8 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 12: Marriage and Families
Social Issues in the News
12.1 Families in Cross-Cultural and Historical Perspectives
12.2 Sociological Perspectives on the Family
12.3 Family Patterns in the United States Today
12.4 Changes and Issues Affecting American Families
12.5 Family Violence
12.6 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 13: Education and Religion
Social Issues in the News
13.1 Brief History of Education in the United States
13.2 Sociological Perspectives on Education
13.3 Education in the United States
13.4 Issues and Problems in Education
13.5 Religion
13.6 Religion as a Social Institution
13.7 Religion in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
13.8 Sociological Perspectives on Religion
13.9 Types of Religious Organizations
13.10 Religion in the United States
13.11 Trends in Religious Belief and Activity
13.12 End-of-Chapter Material

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Aliza Robison
Jean Ramirez
Pamela Smith
Rudy Hernandez
Willie Davis
Date Added:
08/05/2020
Feminist Politics
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Throughout the course, we will examine and discuss questions important to feminist politics, such as citizenship, political participation, and political rights; work and family; reproductive rights and birth control; gender representation in the media; and finally, the role of gender in militarism and national security. In considering each topic, we will draw on historical analysis and seek to consider the variety of womenĺÎĺs experiences. Though this course will focus on feminism in the U.S., we will also attempt to incorporate international perspectives on women and feminism.

Subject:
Political Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
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Syllabus
Provider:
The Saylor Foundation
Date Added:
04/29/2019
Foundations in Sociology I
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One part of a two-part introduction to the discipline of sociology, the study of society. It examines how we come to understand and experience ourselves and the world around us and how we create culture. Students will be introduced to the study of culture, socialization, social interaction, identity formation and self-fashioning, the social construction of class, gender and race, age, deviance, and other social phenomena.

I. Part I - Introduction to Sociology
1. Module 1: Discovering the Social
2. Module 2: Introducing the Sociological Perspective
3. Module 3: Research Design: Investigating the Social Construction of Everyday Life
4. Module 4: Research Design: Collecting and Interpreting The Data of Everyday Social Reality
5. Module 5: Socialization and the Social Construction of Social Selves
6. Module 6: Social Interaction, Social Groups and Social Identity
7. Module 7: Social Identities: Class, Status and Power
8. Module 8: Social Identities: Sex, Gender and Sexuality
9. Module 9: Social Identities: Race, Ethnicity and Nationality
10. Module 10: Non-Conformity and Social Control: Health and Medicine
11. Module 11: Non-Conformity and Social Control: Criminal and Social Justice
12. Module 12: Collective Resistance and Social Change
13. Module 7: Social Stratification and Social Inequality
14. Module 11: Education

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Susan Robertson
Date Added:
07/09/2020
Housing and Land Use in Rapidly Urbanizing Regions, Fall 2011
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A truly inter-disciplinary course, Housing and Land Use in Rapidly Urbanizing Regions reviews how law, economics, sociology, political science, and planning conceptualize urban land and property rights and uses cases to discuss what these different lenses illuminate and obscure. It also looks at how the social sciences might be informed by how design, cartography, and visual studies conceptualize space's physicality. This year's topics include land trusts for affordable housing, mixed-use in public space, and critical cartography.

Subject:
Economics
Political Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Annette M.
Kim
Date Added:
01/01/2011
Immigrant and Refugee Families: Global Perspectives on Displacement and Resettlement Experiences
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Immigrant and Refugee Families: Global Perspectives on Displacement and Resettlement Experiences uses a family systems lens to discuss challenges and strengths of immigrant and refugee families in the United States. Chapters address immigration policy, human rights issues, economic stress, mental health and traumatic stress, domestic violence, substance abuse, family resilience, and methods of integration.

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Minnesota
Provider Set:
University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing
Author:
Catherine Solheim
Elizabeth Wieling
Jaime Ballard
Date Added:
02/20/2019
Instructor Ancillary Resources for OpenStax Sociology 2nd Edition
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This set of instructor-focused ancillary materials was created under a Round Eleven Mini-Grant for Ancillary Materials Creation and Revision. These following materials are intended to assist instructors in successfully implementing OpenStax Sociology 2nd Edition within their classrooms:

Customizable lecture slides
Links to potential ancillary Web materials for each chapter
Short answer questions
Essay questions
Online discussion questions
Class activities

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lecture
Author:
Georgia State University
Jennie Law
Kathy Dolan
Date Added:
01/27/2021