This textbook presents sociological terms, concepts, and theories in minority studies. The text includes course content, objectives, study guides, list of key terms and concepts, lecture outlines, assignments, and reading lists for each section or part of the book. Users are able to access sections of the text by selecting an item from the table of contents or typing a key word into the search feature. It lacks most statistics found in standard texts but has an extensive selection of web links where up-to-date statistics can be found.
Type of Material:
Open textbook with supplemental learning and teaching materials.
In-class, homework, individual assignment, team assignment, lecture.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
The student will recognize fundamental terms, concepts, and theories in minority studies and will be able to evaluate and analyze diverse sociocultural perspectives using supplemental learning tools (i.e., study guides, reading lists, and assignments).
Target Student Population:
Lower and/or upper division students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
General overview is to the point without too much detail or unnecessary digressions. Use of personal examples is instructive and useful. Very nice selection of web addresses for current resources. Information is searchable by topics or terms. Suggested websites and readings are valid, reliable sources.
Some content sections are limited with minimal discussion, examples, or applicability. The text offers a basic framework for study; however, additional resources or use of suggested websites and readings should be utilized to offer a comprehensive learning experience.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The text provides a brief overview in minority studies and groups. Useful supplemental materials are provided. Examples from personal experiences could bring about some good discussions. Web links are a good resource.
The text does not function as a stand-alone resource. Instructors and students will need to use supplemental learning materials provided and/or other external resources to re-enforce content.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The text is easy to use and accessible using multiple devices. The online source is downloadable in PDF or EPUB formats and viewable in offline ZIP. Links to suggested websites and readings are accurate and operational. Short sections make for easy reading. Easily accessible.
There are a limited number of images, charts, or data tables. The text is not interactive.
Other Issues and Comments:
This open text is recommended as a supplemental resource for courses in minority studies or cultural sociology. Although the author states that no statistics will be presented there are several instances where they are and there is no indication on the charts as to the date of the statistics.
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