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AB12: Legal Process for Social Workers
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This interactive online tutorial reviews the legal process changes related to Assembly Bill 12 (AB 12). The tutorial reviews primary hearings associated with AB12, associated rules and regulations and court report requirements. It seeks to engender the value of increased self-determination for non-minor dependent youth in the court process among social workers.

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Social Work
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Full Course
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California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC)
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab Executive Training: Evaluating Social Programs 2011, Spring 2011
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This five-day program on evaluating social programs will provide a thorough understanding of randomized evaluations and pragmatic step-by-step training for conducting one's own evaluation. While the course focuses on randomized evaluations, many of the topics, such as measuring outcomes and dealing with threats to the validity of an evaluation, are relevant for other methodologies. About the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab J-PAL's goal is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence. Every day, evidence generated by J-PAL researchers is influencing policy and improving lives, sometimes very directly - for example through the scale-up of effective programs- but also in less direct but equally important ways. To date, our evidence has helped improve the lives of at least 30 million people around the world through the scale-up of highly effective policies and programs. By 2013, J-PAL aims to have positively impacted 100 million lives.

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Sociology
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Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Banerjee, Abhijit
Duflo, Esther
Glennerster, Rachel
Assesment Block
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The Assessment Block content focuses on critical thinking, standardized assessment, and child maltreatment identification. This includes identification of a critical thinking process; information about assessment policy and practice; and tips and practice for identifying neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and exploitation. There are 2 e-learning modules, 4 classroom modules, 2 field activities, and a 200-level knowledge and skills reinforcement classroom lab this block. On the CalSWEC Network hub, materials for this block include published e-learning files.

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Law
General Law
Social Work
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Full Course
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California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC)
Provider Set:
Common Core Online for Social Workers
Case Planning and Service Delivery Block
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The Case Planning and Service Delivery Block content focuses on working with families to develop behavior based case plans. This includes information about case planning policy and practice, writing case plan objectives, and the role of visitation in positive outcomes for families. There are 2 e-learning modules, 2 classroom modules, 1 field activity, and a 200-level knowledge and skills reinforcement classroom lab this block. On the CalSWEC Network hub, materials for this block include published e-learning files.

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Law
General Law
Social Work
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Full Course
Provider:
California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC)
Provider Set:
Common Core Online for Social Workers
Collaborative Consultation and Larger Systems, Fall 2007
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How do individuals and families interface with larger systems, and how do therapists intervene collaboratively? How do larger systems structure the lives of individuals and families? Relationally-trained practitioners are attempting to answer these questions through collaborative and interdisciplinary, team-focused projects in mental health, education, the law, and business, among other fields. Similarly, scholars and researchers are developing specific culturally responsive models: outreach family therapy, collaborative health care, multi-systemic school interventions, social-justice-oriented and spiritual approaches, organizational coaching, and consulting, among others. This course explores these developments and aims at developing a clinical and consulting knowledge that contributes to families, organizations, and communities within a collaborative and social-justice-oriented vision.

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Management
Psychology
Social Work
Sociology
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Full Course
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UMass Boston
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UMass Boston OpenCourseWare
Author:
Ed.D
Gonzalo Bacigalupe
The Coming Years, Spring 2008
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" Explore the future through modeling, reading, and discussion in an open-ended seminar! Our fields of interest will include changes in science and technology, culture and lifestyles, and dominant paradigms and societies."

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Sociology
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Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Rising, James
Engagement Block
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The Engagement Block content focuses on engagement and interviewing. This includes topics such as use of authority, strength-based interviewing, and learning how to talk to families about concurrent planning. There are 3 e-learning modules, 1 classroom module, 2 field activities, and two 200-level knowledge and skills reinforcement lab in this block. On the CalSWEC Network hub, materials for this block include published e-learning files.

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Law
General Law
Social Work
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC)
Provider Set:
Common Core Online for Social Workers
Feminist Politics
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Throughout the course, we will examine and discuss questions important to feminist politics, such as citizenship, political participation, and political rights; work and family; reproductive rights and birth control; gender representation in the media; and finally, the role of gender in militarism and national security. In considering each topic, we will draw on historical analysis and seek to consider the variety of womenĺÎĺs experiences. Though this course will focus on feminism in the U.S., we will also attempt to incorporate international perspectives on women and feminism.

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Political Science
Sociology
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Full Course
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The Saylor Foundation
Foundation Block
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The Foundation Block content provides key foundational information that is carried forward in the remaining blocks. This includes practical content introducing trainees to the common core, legal content about the laws governing child welfare intervention, and practice related content regarding trauma and teaming. There are 13 e-learning modules, 9 skills-based classroom modules, 2 field activities, plus a 200-level knowledge and skills reinforcement classroom lab and 2 eLearning in this block. On the CalSWEC Network hub, materials for this block include published e-learning files.

Subject:
Law
General Law
Social Work
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC)
Provider Set:
Common Core Online for Social Workers
Housing and Land Use in Rapidly Urbanizing Regions, Fall 2011
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A truly inter-disciplinary course, Housing and Land Use in Rapidly Urbanizing Regions reviews how law, economics, sociology, political science, and planning conceptualize urban land and property rights and uses cases to discuss what these different lenses illuminate and obscure. It also looks at how the social sciences might be informed by how design, cartography, and visual studies conceptualize space's physicality. This year's topics include land trusts for affordable housing, mixed-use in public space, and critical cartography.

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Economics
Political Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Annette M.
Kim
Introduction to Sociology
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This course is designed to introduce you to a range of basic sociological principles so that you can develop your own sociological imagination. You will learn about the origins of sociology as a discipline and be introduced to major sociological theories and methods of research. You will also explore such topics as sex and gender, deviance, and racism.

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Sociology
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Full Course
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The Saylor Foundation
Introduction to Sociology
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Introduction to Sociology is intended for a one-semester introductory sociology course. Conceived of and developed by active sociology instructors, this up-to-date title and can be downloaded now by clicking on the "Get this book" button below. This online, fully editable and customizable title includes sociology theory and research; real-world applications; simplify and debate features; and learning objectives for each chapter

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Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Author:
Eric Strayer
Faye Jones
Gail Scaramuzzo
Jeff Bry
Nathan Keirns
Sally Vyain
Susan Cody-Rydezerski
Tommy Sadler
Introduction to Sociology
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Sociology is the study of human social life. Human social life is complex and encompasses many facets of the human experience. Because of the complexity, the discipline of sociology subdivided over time into specialty areas. The first section of this book covers the foundations of sociology, including an introduction to the discipline, the methods of study, and some of the dominant theoretical perspectives. The remaining chapters focus on the different areas of study in sociology.

Introduction to Sociology is a featured book on Wikibooks because it contains substantial content, it is well-formatted, and the Wikibooks community has decided to feature it on the main page or in other places. Note: See "Instructor Resources" to find a list of Course Adoptions and accompanying PPTs.

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Sociology
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Wikibooks
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Individual Authors
Introduction to Sociology - 1st Canadian Edition
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Introduction to Sociology adheres to the scope and sequence of a typical introductory sociology course. In addition to comprehensive coverage of core concepts, foundational scholars, and emerging theories, we have incorporated section reviews with engaging questions, discussions that help students apply the sociological imagination, and features that draw learners into the discipline in meaningful ways. Although this text can be modified and reorganized to suit your needs, the standard version is organized so that topics are introduced conceptually, with relevant, everyday experiences.

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Open Textbooks
Author:
Eric Strayer
Gail Scaramuzzo
Heather Griffiths
Nathan Keirns
Ron McGivern
Sally Vyain
Susan Cody-Rydzewski
Tommy Sadler
William Little
Introduction to Sociology 2e
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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, which are supported by a wealth of engaging learning materials. The textbook presents detailed 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 retains the book’s conceptual organization, aligning to most courses, and has been significantly updated to reflect the latest research and provide examples most relevant to today’s students. In order to help instructors transition to the revised version, the 2e changes are described within the preface.

Subject:
Social Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Intro to Sociology (SOC 101)
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Sociology is the study of social groups, structures, processes, institutions, and events. This course will focus on understanding and applying the sociological perspective, which stresses the importance of the impact of social forces external to the individual in shaping peopleęs lives and experiences. This idea that we are all profoundly affected by the society in which we live is the guiding light of sociology. Sociologists also study the ways in which people, as they interact, shape their social systems. Topics studied will include socialization, social interaction, culture, groups, social structure, deviance, social inequality, social class, race, gender, institutions (political, economic, educational, family, and religious), collective behavior and social change. Students will be asked to learn the basic concepts, theories, and perspectives of sociology, to see how these operate in terms of social processes, structures, and events, and to apply this knowledge to better understand the social world.

Subject:
Sociology
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Assessment
Full Course
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Provider Set:
Open Course Library
Monitoring and Adapting Block
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The Monitoring and Adapting Block content focuses on measuring case plan progress and adjusting service planning to meet families’ needs as they work their case plans. This includes information about measuring progress, placement policy and practice, and placement stability. There are 2 e-learning modules, 1 classroom modules, 1 field activity, and a 200-level knowledge and skills reinforcement classroom lab this block. On the CalSWEC Network hub, materials for this block include published e-learning files.

Subject:
Law
General Law
Social Work
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC)
Provider Set:
Common Core Online for Social Workers
Networks, Complexity and Its Applications, Spring 2011
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Networks are a ubiquitous way to represent complex systems, including those in the social and economic sciences. The goal of the course is to equip students with conceptual tools that can help them understand complex systems that emerge in both nature and social systems. This is a course intended for a general audience and will discuss applications of networks and complexity to diverse systems, including epidemic spreading, social networks and the evolution of economic development.

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Hidalgo, Cesar
Overview of California Child Welfare Adoptions Practice
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This curriculum is intended for use in the state by adoptions workers who are new to the practice of adoptions and/or workers, perhaps, who have transferred into adoptions and have little to no experience with adoptions practice. The curriculum consists of materials for use in a one- or two-day face-to-face training, including trainer’s guides, trainee content, PowerPoint presentations, activities and assessments.

The curriculum covers all elements of the adoption process in the state, including federal and California statutes, laws, regulations, and policies; permanency options; the core issues of adoption; the court process; and post adoption procedures.

The curriculum is the result of months-long work by a committee of adoptions subject matter experts, including a former federal adoptions specialist, a former county adoptions worker, a child welfare manager, and various other stakeholders in the adoptions process.

Learning Objectives:
As applicable to adoptions work in California, the trainee will be able to:
K1. Understand Federal and State statutes, laws, regulations, and policies
K2. Apply knowledge of ASFA, ICWA and MEPA to adoptions cases
K3. Know Federal, State and county adoptions statistics
K4. Understand the core issues of adoption
K5. Identify different types of permanency options
K6. Identify benefits & motivations of adoptions
K7. Recognize disclosure and confidentiality issues
K8. Explain relinquishment philosophy, regulations, procedures, & forms
K9. Become familiar with the range of openness and adoption
K10. Recognize placement and transition issues
K11. Explain termination of parental rights and identify the condition with which it applies
K12. Understand financial assistance programs, including AAP & kingap
K13. Learn about the different types of post adoption services

Skills:
S1. Given a case scenario, the trainee will be able to practice Caregiver assessment
S2. Given a case scenario, the trainee will be able to practice (Clinical) Interviewing Techniques
S3. Given a case scenario, the trainee will be able to practice writing a transition plan
S4. Given a case scenario, the trainee will be able to practice constructing an eco-map
S5. Given a case scenario, the trainee will be able to practice completing common adoption forms:
1. Relinquishment
2. Adoptive placement
3. Finalization
4. AAP
5. Kingap

Values:
V1. The trainee will value the goal that all children deserve family connection and permanence.
V2. The trainee will value adoption as one of several paths to permanency.
V3. The trainee will value the role of adoptions in concurrent planning
V4. The trainee will value the principle of respect directed toward biological families (including fathers), extended family members, current caregivers and sibling relationships.
V5. The trainee will value the process of family finding.
V6. The trainee will value the process of educating the adoptive parent about birth family connections.
V7. The trainee will value the practice of working toward the most permanent option for children, given their unique circumstances.
V8. The trainee will value the exploration of his/her feelings about adoption as a permanency option.
V9. The trainee will value openness in adoption.

Subject:
Social Work
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC)
Principles of Sociological Inquiry – Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
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Principles of Sociological Inquiry: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods also provides balanced coverage of qualitative and quantitative approaches by integrating a variety of examples from recent and classic sociological research. The text challenges students to debate and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of both approaches.

Finally, one of the most important goals Amy had for Principles of Sociological Inquiry: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods was to introduce students to the core principles of social research in a way that is straightforward and engaging. As such, the text reflects public sociology’s emphasis on making sociology accessible and readable. No one can validate that claim more than a teacher or student. So, take a look for yourself today and review Principles of Sociological Inquiry: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods by Amy Blackstone to see if its approach toward relevance, balance, and accessibility are right for your course and students.

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Minnesota
Provider Set:
Open Textbook Library
Author:
Amy Blackstone
Principles of Sociological Inquiry – Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
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Principles of Sociological Inquiry: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods emphasizes the relevance of research methods for the everyday lives of its readers, undergraduate students. Each chapter describes how research methodology is useful for students in the multiple roles they fill: (1) as consumers of popular and public information, (2) as citizens in a society where findings from social research shape laws, policies, and public life, and (3) as current and future employees. Connections to these roles are made throughout and directly within the main text of the book. Principles of Sociological Inquiry: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods also provides balanced coverage of qualitative and quantitative approaches by integrating a variety of examples from recent and classic sociological research. The text challenges students to debate and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of both approaches.

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
The Saylor Foundation
Author:
Amy Blackstone
Social Attitudes and Public Opinion
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This course examines the nature of attitudes, beliefs, and values, and the influences which indiviudals' attitudes have upon their behavior. Various theories of attitude organization and attitude change are discussed, and the development of social attitudes is explored by examining the differential impact of the family, the educational system, the mass media, and the general social environment. The changing content of public opinion over time and its relationship to the political system are also discussed.

Subject:
Communication
Journalism
Management
Political Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Lecture Notes
Syllabus
Provider:
UMass Boston
Provider Set:
UMass Boston OpenCourseWare
Author:
Ph.D.
Professor Michael Milburn
Social Problems: Continuity and Change
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Social Problems: Continuity and Change by Steve Barkan is a realistic but motivating look at the many issues that are facing our society today. As this book’s subtitle, Continuity and Change, implies, social problems are persistent, but they have also improved in the past and can be improved in the present and future, provided that our nation has the wisdom and will to address them.

It is easy for students to read a social problems textbook and come away feeling frustrated by the enormity of the many social problems facing us today. Social Problems: Continuity and Change certainly does not minimize the persistence of social problems, but neither does it overlook the possibilities for change offered by social research and by the activities of everyday citizens working to make a difference. Readers of Steve Barkan’s book will find many examples of how social problems have been improved and of strategies that hold great potential for solving them today and in the future.

You will find several pedagogical features help to convey the “continuity and change” theme of this text and the service sociology vision in which it is grounded: Each chapter begins with a “Social Problems in the News” story related to the social problem discussed in that chapter. These stories provide an interesting starting point for the chapter’s discussion and show its relevance for real-life issues. Three types of boxes in each chapter provide examples of how social problems have been changed and can be changed.

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Minnesota
Provider Set:
Open Textbook Library
Author:
Steven Barkan
Social Problems (SOC 201)
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Every society faces problems that are more than just individual troubles. In this course we will use a sociological perspective to critically examine the bases of social inequality and the resultant problems in society. We will explore concerns related to families, education, the workplace, the media, poverty, crime, drug abuse, health issues, war and terrorism, the environment and global concerns. We will also look at social action and possible solutions to these problems through both individual and community efforts.

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Sociology
Material Type:
Assessment
Full Course
Reading
Syllabus
Provider:
Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Provider Set:
Open Course Library
Social Psychology, Spring 2013
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This course examines interpersonal and group dynamics, considers how the thoughts, feelings, and actions of individuals are influenced by (and influence) the beliefs, values, and practices of large and small groups. Learning occurs through a combination of lectures, demonstrations and in-class activities complemented by participation in small study groups and completion of homework assignments.

Subject:
Psychology
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Chorover, Stephan
Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World
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The founders of sociology in the United States wanted to make a difference. A central aim of the sociologists of the Chicago school was to use sociological knowledge to achieve social reform. A related aim of sociologists like Jane Addams, W.E.B. DuBois, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett and others since was to use sociological knowledge to understand and alleviate gender, racial, and class inequality.

It is no accident that many sociology instructors and students are first drawn to sociology because they want to learn a body of knowledge that could help them make a difference in the world at large. Steve Barkan’s Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World is designed for this audience. It presents a sociological understanding of society but also a sociological perspective on how to change society, while maintaining the structure and contents of the best mainstream texts.

Several pedagogical features of the book convey the sociological perspective and change theme:

Almost every chapter begins with a Social Issues in the News story from recent media coverage that recounts an event related to the chapter’s topic and proceeds with thought-provoking discussion about the social issue related to the event. Additional discussion elsewhere in the chapter helps students understand the basis for this issue and related issues. This dual treatment of the news story will help students appreciate the relevance of sociology for newsworthy events and issues.

Three types of boxes in almost every chapter reflect the U.S. founders’ emphasis on sociology and social justice. The first box, Sociology Making a Difference, discusses a social issue related to the chapter’s topic and shows how sociological insights and findings have been used, or could be used, to address the issue and achieve social reform. The second box, Learning from Other Societies, discusses the experience in another nation(s) regarding a social issue related to the chapter; this box helps students appreciate what has worked and not worked in other nations regarding the issue and thus better understand how social reform might be achieved in the United States. The third box, What Sociology Suggests, summarizes social policies grounded in sociological theory and research that hold strong potential for addressing issues discussed in the chapter.

In addition, many chapters contain tables called Theory Snapshots. These tables provide a quick reference tool for students to understand the varying theoretical approaches to the sociological topic that the chapter is discussing.

Finally, almost every chapter ends with a Using Sociology vignette that presents a hypothetical scenario concerning an issue or topic from the chapter and asks students to use the chapter’s material in a decision-making role involving social change. These vignettes help students connect the chapter’s discussion with real-life situations and, in turn, to better appreciate the relevance of sociological knowledge for social reform.

Drawing on these features and other discussion throughout the book, a brief and unique final chapter, ”Conclusion: Understanding and Changing the Social World,“ sums up what students have learned about society and themselves and reviews the relevance of sociology for achieving social change.

Steve Barkan’s Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World makes sociology relevant for today’s students by balancing traditional coverage with a fresh approach that takes them back to sociology’s American roots in the use of sociological knowledge for social reform.

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Minnesota
Provider Set:
Open Textbook Library
Author:
Steve Barkan
Substance Abuse and the Family
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This course focuses on families with members who are substance abusers, and the ways in which these families function. The course explores the methods and resources available for helping such families.

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Psychology
Social Work
Sociology
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Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Syllabus
Provider:
UMass Boston
Provider Set:
UMass Boston OpenCourseWare
Author:
Ed.D
Gonzalo Bacigalupe
Transition Block
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The Transition Block content encompasses the typical transitions social workers facilitate with families, including reunification, placement changes, and After 18. This includes development of a trauma-focused transition practice. There are 2 e-learning modules, 1 classroom module, 1 field activity, and a 200-level knowledge and skills reinforcement classroom lab this block. On the CalSWEC Network hub, materials for this block include published e-learning files.

Subject:
Law
General Law
Social Work
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC)
Provider Set:
Common Core Online for Social Workers
Urban Sociology in Theory and Practice, Spring 2016
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This course explores the creative dialectic—and sometimes conflict—between sociology and urban policy and design. Topics include the changing conceptions of "community," the effects of neighborhood characteristics on individual outcomes, the significance of social capital and networks, the drivers of categorical inequality, and the interaction of social structure and political power. Students will examine key theoretical paradigms that have constituted sociology since its founding, assess how and why they have changed over time, and discuss the implications of these shifts for urban research and planning practice.

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Aditi Mehta
Justin Steil