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Out of Copyright Monographs?

As I’ve mentioned before, I am experimenting with open education resources this fall in Intro to Sociology. I typically assign Conley’s You May Ask Yourself, Everyday Sociology Reader, and The Blind Side.

 

I am using the Sociology Wikibook to replace You May Ask Yourself and an assortment of scholarly journal articles, newspaper and magazine articles, and blog posts to replace the reader. I am struggling with assigning a comprable reading to The Blind Side.

 

I’ve explored Project Gutenberg, but have not found a book that is out of copyright that would work. My only idea is to use The Jungle. One of my journalism professors read a few pages from the book to us to illustrate yellow journalism. The people falling in the vats and left had me intrigued. I eventually read the book. Though The Jungle may be about turn of the century social issues, I do not believe it would work in the same way as The Blind Side

 

I may have to just drop The Blind Side altogether this semester for the sake of the experiment. In the spring, I could assign it to the class even if I am using only open education resources because our school already owns enough copies of the book. There would be no additional costs until the books fall apart.

 

Do you have any ideas for out of copyright monographs that could be used in Intro to Sociology?

SOC 280 Week 3 Reminders

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series SOC 280 Fall 2012

Today begins Week 3 for SOC 280, but first, a brief summary of the content from Week 2:

Week 2 Key Questions:

  • What kinds of research methods do sociologists use?
  • What does it mean the correlation does not equal causation?
  • What are the ethics of social research?

If you are struggling with the answers to those three questions, review the readings and podcasts. If you are still struggling, then please contact me for assistance.

Now, on to Week 3:

Week 3 Reminders:

  • Read YMAY Chapter 3
  • Read ES p. 31-44
  • Complete all items under the Unit 3 Module
  • Complete Doing Sociology #3 by Sunday at midnight
  • Complete Chapter 3’s optional (yet strongly encouraged) practice quiz on Study Space

Canvas Tips:

Spend some time learning how the calendar works in Canvas:

Video tutorial

Audio recordings are now available on Canvas for Units 4 and 5!

As always, if you have any questions, email me (smedleyrath@lakeland.cc.il.us), call me (217-234-5438), visit me (NE 14), or ask on Blackboard.

Have a great week!
Dr. Medley-Rath

SOC 280 Week 2 Reminders

Today begins Week 2 for SOC 280, but first, a brief summary of the content from Week 1:

Week 1 Key Questions:

  • What is sociology?
  • What is the sociological imagination?
  • What are the main sociological theories? Can you explain them?

If you are struggling with the answers to those three questions, review the readings and podcasts. If you are still struggling, then please contact me for assistance.

Now, on to Week 2:

Week 2 Reminders:

  • Read YMAY Chapter 2
  • Read ES p. 10-22
  • Complete all items under the Unit 2 Module
  • Complete Doing Sociology #2 by Sunday at midnight
  • Complete Chapter 2’s optional (yet strongly encouraged) practice quiz on Study Space

Canvas Tips:

Spend some time learning how to set up your notifications in Canvas with these tutorials:

As always, if you have any questions, email me (smedleyrath@lakeland.cc.il.us), call me (217-234-5438), visit me (NE 14), or ask on Blackboard.

Have a great week!
Dr. Medley-Rath

SOC 280 Welcome and Week 1 Reminders

This post is intended for students enrolled in online sections of SOC 280.

Welcome to SOC 280! Before you get started, please read through the Syllabus and submit any questions to the questions thread on Instructure Canvas.

Week 1 Reminders

All of the following are due by Sunday, August 26 at midnight.

  • Read YMAY Chapter 1
  • Read ES p. 1-6
  • Take the optional practice quiz 1
  • Post your Introduction to the Introduction thread on Instrcture Canvas
  • Complete Doing Sociology #1 on Instructure Canvas

By the end of Week 1, you should get an email from me. If you do not get this email, contact me as soon as possible so I can make sure you are on my list. I will send the email to your Lake Land account only.