A Sociology Experiment, Third Edition

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A Sociology Experiment brings together leading scholars in the field to offer a new way to approach introductory sociology. Under the auspices of Princeton University’s Shamus Khan and Patrick Sharkey and Nevada State College’s sociologist and Associate Vice Provost, Gwen Sharp, the courseware applies the sociological perspective to topics of importance in today's society, including social inequality, politics, and the environment.

This digital-first courseware integrates with your learning management system and offers assessments, analytics, student activities, and study tools. Each chapter addresses a subfield of sociology and has been updated to reflect global events such as the Black Lives Matter movement, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the January 6th Capitol riots. This new edition includes multiple-choice, true/false, and matching questions in almost every lesson. Students have the ability to check their understanding of the information with immediate feedback.

Using the panOpen platform, you can adapt and customize this material in real-time to fit your course needs and learning objectives.

Chapter 1: A Sociology Experiment
By Shamus Khan, Princeton University; Patrick Sharkey, Princeton University; and Gwen Sharp, Nevada State College

Chapter 2: Research Methods
By Shamus Khan, Princeton University; Patrick Sharkey, Princeton University; and Gwen Sharp, Nevada State College

Chapter 3: Social Structure and the Individual
By Judith Halasz, State University of New York at New Paltz, and Peter Kaufman, State University of New York at New Paltz

Chapter 4: Social Class, Inequality, & Poverty
By Peter Kaufman, State University of New York at New Paltz, and Todd Schoepflin, Niagara University

Chapter 5: Culture
By Jonathan R. Wynn, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Chapter 6: Gender and Sexuality
By Angela Barian, Cardinal Stritch University, and Todd Shoepflin, Niagara University

Chapter 7: Race and Ethnicity
By Rashawn Ray, University of Maryland, and Patrick Sharkey, Princeton University

Chapter 8: Sociology of Families
By Angela Barian, Cardinal Stritch University

Chapter 9: Sociology of Education
By Maia Cucchiara, Temple University

Chapter 10: Sociology of Religion
By Melissa J. Wilde, University of Pennsylvania, and Patricia Tevington, Montclair State University

Chapter 11: Political Sociology
By Fabio Rojas, Indiana University

Chapter 12: Immigration and Urbanization
By Patrick Sharkey, Princeton University, and Jody Vallejo, University of Southern California

Chapter 13: Deviance, Crime, and Violence
By Angela Barian, Cardinal Stritch University, and Patrick Sharkey, Princeton University

Chapter 14: Economic Sociology
By Fabio Rojas, Indiana University

Chapter 15: Health & Illness
By Margaret T. Hicken, University of Michigan, and Hedwig Lee, Washington University in St. Louis

Chapter 16: Environmental Sociology
By Dana R. Fisher, University of Maryland, and Andrew K. Jorgenson, Boston College

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A Sociology Experiment, Third Edition

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