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Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World, Brief Edition

Homework system included
By: 
Steven E. Barkan
Version: 
2.0
Published: 
July 2017
Page Count: 
484
Online Ebook Price: 
$29.95
Full Color Book + Online Ebook Price: 
$49.95
ISBN: 
978-1-4533-8489-3

This textbook is suitable for the following courses: Introduction to Sociology and Sociology.

Steve Barkan’s Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World 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.

New in This Version:
  • Up-to-date data and statistics
  • Added more than a dozen new timely “Social Issues” in the News vignettes
  • New discussions of various current events and topics

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  • Recent media coverage to introduce each chapter
  • Sociological insights and findings that address issues and social reform
  • Discussions based on the experiences of other nations related to the chapter
  • Summaries of social policies grounded in sociological theory and research
  • Final chapter that reviews the relevance of sociology for achieving social change
  • Customizable

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This book is now available with FlatWorld’s Homework System at no additional cost to your students.

With the new, easy-to-use Homework System, you will be able to assign questions and autograde homework. The system includes multi-format questions written specifically for your FlatWorld book, which you can access through our stand-alone interface or integrate with your learning management system (e.g. Canvas, Moodle, Brightspace/D2L, and Blackboard).

Visit the FlatWorld Homework page to learn more.

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Instructor Manual

Instructor Manual

The Instructor Manual (in Word format) will help guide you through the main concepts of each chapter such as learning objectives, key terms and takeaways. Many also include explanations and answers to chapter exercises.

Test Item File

Test Item File

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Test Bank Files for Import to Learning Management Systems

Test Bank Files for Import to Learning Management Systems

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PowerPoint Lecture Notes

PowerPoint Lecture Notes

A PowerPoint presentation highlighting key learning objectives and the main concepts for each chapter are available for you to use in your classroom. You can either cut and paste sections or use the presentation as a whole.

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Steve barkan

Steven E. Barkan University of Maine - Orono

Steven E. Barkan is Professor of Sociology at the University of Maine. He is the author of several other textbooks, including: (1) Criminology: A Sociological Understanding, 7e (Pearson); (2) Race, Crime, and Justice: The Continuing American Dilemma (Oxford University Press); and (3) Law and Society: An Introduction, 2e (Routledge). He has also authored more than 35 journal articles and book chapters in sources such as the American Sociological Review; Criminology & Public Policy; Journal of Crime and Justice; Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency; Justice Quarterly; Social Forces; and Social Problems.
Professor Barkan is past president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and of the Textbook and Academic Authors Association (TAA). He has received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UMaine and two Textbook Excellence Awards from TAA. He sincerely hopes that instructors and students enjoy reading this book in the format of their choice and welcomes their comments at barkan@maine.edu.
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