We designed A Sociology Experiment so that instructors have every resource at their hands to create an extraordinary course, and so that students are no longer asked to pay exorbitant costs to learn the ideas of Sociology. This effort begins with the chapters themselves, which feature the writing of some of the best teachers and writers in the discipline. Each of the authors is an expert in his or her chapter’s content, and every one of us committed to writing the clearest, most engaging chapter possible. We have included some sample text below to give you a sense of the writing.

In addition to the chapter text, we have tried to think about all of the resources that a creative, passionate teacher could use to make each week of the semester as effective as possible. When you register to teach your course with A Sociology Experiment, you will get access to all of the following resources for every chapter:

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  • A set of data exercises

It would be impossible to use everything we have put together in one semester. But our goal is to make it possible for instructors to have everything at their fingertips so that they could teach a class tomorrow if they had to. It is all there, and it’s up to you to figure out which resources you’d like to use to make your class exceptional.


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Part 1: Thinking Like Sociologists

A Sociology Experiment

Shamus Khan, Columbia University; Patrick Sharkey, Princeton University; Gwen Sharp, Nevada State College

Research Methods

Shamus Khan, Columbia University; Gwen Sharp, Nevada State College

Social Structure and the Individual

Judith Halasz, State University of New York at New Paltz; Peter Kaufman, State University of New York at New Paltz


Part 2: The Organization of Society

Social Class, Inequality, and Poverty

Peter Kaufman, State University of New York at New Paltz; Todd Schoepflin, Niagara University


Jonathan Wynn, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Gender and Sexuality

Angela Barian, Cardinal Stritch University; Todd Schoepflin, Niagara University

Race and Ethnicity

Rashawn Ray, University of Maryland; Patrick Sharkey, Princeton University


Part 3: Our Social Worlds

Sociology of Families

Angela Barian, Cardinal Stritch University

Sociology of Education

Maia Cucchiara, Temple University

Sociology of Religion

Melissa J. Wilde, University of Pennsylvania; Patricia Tevington, Montclair State University

Political Sociology

Fabio Rojas, Indiana University

Urban Sociology

Patrick Sharkey, Princeton University

Deviance, Crime and Violence

Angela Barian, Cardinal Stritch University; Patrick Sharkey, Princeton University

Economic Sociology

Fabio Rojas, Indiana University

Health and Illness

Margaret T. Hicken, University of Michigan; Hedwig Lee, Washington University in St. Louis