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Introduction to Sociology, 2nd Canadian ed

This text covers introductory concepts in sociology, from sociological research to government and politics. It is modified for a Canadian environment from the very popular OpenStax textbook, reviews of which can be read here, and ancillary materials for which can be found here.

Reviews available through Open Textbook Library and Campus Manitoba.

Includes: Case studies, key terms, section quizzes

Foundations in Sociology, Vol I: Social Construction of Everyday Life, and Vol II: Society, Structure, Process

This two-part introduction to the discipline of sociology is based on Introduction to Sociology – 2nd Canadian Edition, adapted for use at the University of Saskatchewan.

Includes: Learning objectives, videos, key terms, and concepts

Principles of Sociological Inquiry: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

This text covers introductory concepts in sociological methods. Reviews are available through the Open Textbook Library and Campus Manitoba.

Includes: Learning objectives, key takeaways, exercises

A Quick Guide to Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences

This book is intended as an easy-to-use guide for anyone who needs some quick and simple advice on quantitative aspects of research in social sciences, which may prove useful as a supplemental material for undergraduate or graduate students. Chapters are organized by the research process. Reviews are available.

Introduction to Criminology

This textbook focuses on criminology from a Canadian perspective. As a whole, the OER is amply broad to serve as the main textbook for an introductory course, yet each chapter is deep enough to be useful as a supplement for subject-area courses; authors use plain and accessible language as much as possible, but introduce more advanced, technical concepts where appropriate; the text gives due attention to the historical “canon” of mainstream criminological thought, but it also challenges many of these ideas by exploring alternative, critical, and marginalized perspectives.

Together: The Science of Social Psychology

This sociology text has been positively-reviewed by peers. It covers introductory concepts in sociology, from the science of social phycology to organizational behaviour. Reviews are available.

Includes: Instructor resources, vocabulary, discussion questions

Beyond Race: Cultural Influences on Human Social Life

This sociology text covers introductory concepts in cultural sociology, from culture and meaning to cultural identity. Reviews are available.

Includes: Learning objectives, key terms and concepts

Decolonization and Justice: An Introductory Overview

This book focused on decolonization of multiple justice-related areas, such as policing, the court system, prison, restorative justice, and the studies of law and criminology.

Sociology of Education in Canada

Sociology of Education in Canada utilizes a contemporary theoretical focus to analyze how education in Canada is affected by pre-existing and persistent inequalities among members of society. It presents the historical and cultural factors that have shaped our current education system, examines the larger social trends that have contributed to present problems, discusses the various interest groups involved, and analyzes the larger social discourses that influence any discussion of these issues.

Includes: Review questions, exercises, key terms, glossary, film recommendations

Social Problems: Continuity and Change

This text provides an overview of social problems, including poverty, racial and gender inequality, ageism, the economy, healthcare, and war.  Reviews are available.

Includes: Independently developed ancillary materials, end of chapter summaries, reviews, and scenarios for application, key takeaways, reflection questions

Open Access Books

Though not textbooks, these books and essay collections may prove useful as teaching resources.

Sociocultural Systems

Sociocultural Systems aims to reinstate macrosociology as the heart of the discipline by demonstrating that both classical and contemporary macrosociologists stand upon common ground. Focusing on the broad issues that concerned the founders, Elwell addresses questions such as: Historically, what factors accounted for the origin, survival, and evolution of sociocultural systems? Why were some societies more technologically advanced than others? What is the origin of capitalism? What factors determine the allocation of goods and services within and among societies? What effects do changes in government and economic institutions have on communities?

Crime and Fear in Public Places

This essay collection aims to illustrate the complexity of patterns of crime and fear in public places with examples of studies on these topics contextualized in different cities and countries around the world. This is achieved by tackling five crosscutting themes: the nature of the city’s environment as a backdrop for crime and fear; the dynamics of individuals’ daily routines and their transit safety; the safety perceptions experienced by those who are most in fear in public places; the metrics of crime and fear; and finally, examples of current practices in promoting safety.

Criminal Futures

This book explores how predictive policing transforms police work. An accessible and compelling read, this book will appeal to students and scholars of criminology, sociology, and cultural studies as well as to police practitioners and civil liberties advocates, in addition to all those who are interested in how to implement reasonable forms of data-driven policing.

Explaining Criminal Careers: Implications for Justice Policy

Explaining Criminal Careers presents a simple quantitative theory of crime, conviction and reconviction.

Imagining a Greater Justice

By paying close attention to the relational harms suffered by victims, this book develops a concept of relational justice for survivors, offenders and community.

Improving Interagency Collaboration, Innovation and Learning in Criminal Justice Systems

This edited collection seeks to improve collaboration between criminal justice and welfare services in order to help prepare offenders for life after serving a prison sentence.

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