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Introduction to Sociology 2e

SOC 101-02: Understanding Social Relationships: Global Perspective

CSU Instructor Open Textbook Adoption Portrait

About the Textbook


Introduction to Sociology 2e, published by OpenStax.

Description: 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. The second edition has been updated significantly to reflect the latest research and current, relevant examples.

Authors: Heather Griffiths, et al.

License: Creative Commons Attribution License v4.0

Formats: HTML, PDF Download

About the Course


SOC 101-02: Understanding Social Relationships: Global Perspective

Description:  This course covers the dynamics and histories of basic institutions of society such as the family, work, economy, education, class, crime, race, culture and gender. Course content focuses on the global and comparative aspects of these institutions.

Prerequisite(s): N/A

GE credit: 3 units 

The population of students who take this course include first-year students across all majors. Soc 101-02 is an elective non-major course.

Teaching and learning impacts:

I was implementing other changes at the same time, so I cannot speak to any changes due to the adoption of OER methods. 

Textbook Adoption

OER Adoption Process

Many of our students are low-income or first-generation, and the cost of textbooks can be prohibitive. I want to find ways to provide students with affordable course materials.

Student access 

I provide a link to the OER textbook in the syllabus and in Blackboard.

Adam G. Sanford

I am a part-time lecturer in the department of Sociology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. I teach the following courses

  • SOC 102 - Understanding Social Relationships in a Global Perspective
  • SOC 305 - Methods of Soc Research
  • SOC 362 - Gangs and Adolescent Subcultures
  • SOC 369 - Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC 101 - The Individual in Society
  • SOC 341 - Seminar in Small Groups
  • SOC 368 – Criminology
  • SOC 340 - Social Psychology: Sociological Perspective
  • SOC 355 - Modern Sociological Theories

I asked for pointers in several teaching groups and decided on open educational recourses from the recommendations I received. I provided them with materials they need without increasing their costs.