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:

  • Supplemental readings, freely available to students
  • Data and maps from the web
  • Discussion topics with notes
  • Assessments, including essays and multiple choice
  • Lecture slides with accompanying notes
  • A suggested weekly course schedule
  • Videos and films
  • 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.


Part 1: Thinking Like Sociologists

A Sociology Experiment

Research Methods

Social Structure and the Individual


Part 2: The Organization of Society

Social Class, Inequality, and Poverty


Gender and Sexuality

Race and Ethnicity


Part 3: Our Social Worlds

Sociology of Families

Sociology of Education

Sociology of Religion

Political Sociology

Urban Sociology

Deviance, Crime and Violence

Economic Sociology