We designed A Sociology Experiment so instructors have every resource to create an extraordinary course, and so students are no longer asked to pay exorbitant costs to learn sociology. This effort begins with the chapters themselves, which feature the writing of some of the best teachers and writers in the discipline. Each author is an expert in the chapter’s content, and we are committed to writing the clearest, most engaging textbook possible.
In addition to the chapters, we have tried to provide the resources that a creative, passionate teacher would need to make each week as effective as possible. When you register to use 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
- Video lectures available on our YouTube channel
It would be impossible to use everything in one semester. Our goal is for you to have everything at your fingertips so you could teach a class tomorrow if you had to. It’s up to you to figure out which resources you’d like to use to make your class exceptional.
We are now available in a full courseware version
You can take a look at our materials on this site; instructions for how to register are below. For those who prefer a full courseware version, which allows instructors to track students’ progress and deliver easy assessments and automated grading, as of Fall 2020 we are available at panOpen.
How to adopt for your course
We hope these chapters will be useful for a range of sociology courses. To see what we’ve put together, the first step is to register as an instructor. Use your institutional email so we can verify your position. Once you are approved as an instructor, you will have access to all materials for each chapter.
If you decide to assign any chapters for your course, please require that your students register on the site and purchase the chapter(s), unless you are using panOpen. Purchasing a chapter will give students access to the text and an interactive study guide.
Even with the low cost of each chapter, we realize that for some students it may be difficult to purchase the entire book. If you have students who are facing difficult financial circumstances, email and let us know. We want every student to be able to use the materials on the site; we will be glad to work out a lower cost for each chapter, or to provide access for free, for students who would struggle to pay for all of the chapters.
Part 1: Thinking Like Sociologists
A Sociology Experiment
Shamus Khan, Columbia University; Patrick Sharkey, Princeton University; Gwen Sharp, Nevada State College
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
Sociology of Education
Maia Cucchiara, Temple University
Sociology of Religion
Melissa J. Wilde, University of Pennsylvania; Patricia Tevington, Montclair State University
Fabio Rojas, Indiana University
Immigration and Urbanization
Patrick Sharkey, Princeton University; Jody Vallejo, University of Southern California
Deviance, Crime and Violence
Angela Barian; Patrick Sharkey, Princeton University
Fabio Rojas, Indiana University
Health and Illness
Margaret T. Hicken, University of Michigan; Hedwig Lee, Washington University in St. Louis
Dana Fisher, University of Maryland; Andrew Jorgenson, Boston College