Social & Behavioral Sciences

Social & Behavioral Sciences

A selection of peer reviewed and/or widely used openly licensed resources for courses and programs in this discipline area. This is only a selection. Search for materials using tools on the Finding Sources page.

Denotes materials currently in use at COD.

Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology
Authors: Santa Ana College and Tracy Evans

An introductory cultural anthropology textbook covering all major topics and produced by Lumen Learning.

Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology
Editors: Nina Brown, et al.

This book is a collection of chapters on the essential topics in cultural anthropology. Different from other introductory textbooks, this book is an edited volume with each chapter written by a different author. Each author has written from their experiences working as an anthropologist and that personal touch makes for an accessible introduction to cultural anthropology.

Economics

Principles of Economics 2e
Authors: Steven A. Greenlaw , et al.

This textbook covers the scope and sequence of most introductory economics courses. The text includes many current examples, which are handled in a politically equitable way. The outcome is a balanced approach to the theory and application of economics concepts. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Principles of Macroeconomics 2e
Authors: Steven A. Greenlaw, et al.

This textbook covers the scope and sequence of most introductory economics courses. The text includes many current examples, which are handled in a politically equitable way. The outcome is a balanced approach to the theory and application of economics concepts. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Principles of Microeconomics 2e
Authors: Steven A. Greenlaw, et al.

This textbook covers the scope and sequence of most introductory microeconomics courses. The text includes many current examples, which are handled in a politically equitable way. The outcome is a balanced approach to the theory and application of economics concepts. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Geography

Project: Education 1100 Textbook and Ancillary Materials

The Western World: Daily Readings on Geography
Authors: Joel Quam and Scott Campbell

This textbook is in use at COD. In brief essay format, this textbook considers examples of various sub-categories of Geography in combination with five regions of the Western World. The maps used in this text were developed by COD GIS students and beautiful images. This book is in constant revision with “hot off the press” news.

Physical Geography and Natural Disasters
Author: Adam Dastrup

Physical Geography, also called earth science, is the study of our home planet and all of its components: its lands, waters, atmosphere, and interior. In this book, some chapters are devoted to the processes that shape the lands and impact people. Other chapters depict the processes of the atmosphere and its relationship to the planet’s surface and all our living creatures. For as long as people have been on the planet, humans have had to live within Earth’s boundaries. Now human life is having a profound effect on the planet. Several chapters are devoted to the effect people have on the planet. The journey to better understanding Earth begins here with an exploration of how scientists learn about the natural world and introduces you to the study of physical geography and earth science.

Human Services

Project: Human Services 2122 Group Dynamics Textbook

Project: Human Services 2279

Foundations of Addiction Studies
Authors: Jason Florin and Julie Trytek

This textbook is in use in the Human Services program at COD. The authors utilized information from open textbooks, government documents, and original writing to address the objectives for this course. This text includes interactive elements using HP5, embedded video, and images.

Justice Studies

Project: Justice 1151 Constitutional Law Textbook

Criminal Justice: An Overview of the System
Author: Adam McKee

This text is designed as a first course in criminal justice. It covers police, courts, and corrections, integrating the juvenile justice system.

Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System
Authors: Alison S. Burke, et al.

This text introduces students to the core components of law enforcement, courts, and corrections.

Library & Information Technology

Political Science

American Government 2e
Author: Glen Krut

This textbook is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the single-semester American Government course. The book provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of American Government and understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Basic Political Concepts
Author: Paul deLespinasse

Political science is the systematic study of governments, of the methods by which governments seek to control people, and of the techniques through which people try to influence government. It is a science that attempts to connect the “micro” level of individual lives and actions with the “macro” level of collective circumstances and consequences.

Like the other social sciences, political science focuses on all three basic types of social power: the pen, the purse, and the sword. Unlike the other social sciences, it gives special attention to the power of the sword: wielded collectively in the form of war and threats of war, wielded against individuals—ideally— in the more civilized form of laws.

Political Science
Author: Boundless

The Boundless Political Science textbook is a college-level, introductory textbook that covers the rich and varied subject of Political Science. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Psychology

Introduction to Psychology
Authors: Ken Gray, et al.

This textbook is currently  in use in Psychology 1100 courses at COD. It includes ancillary materials that are available from the authors. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Introduction to Psychology
Author not provided

Research Foci: Introduction to Psychology emphasizes empiricism throughout, but without making it a distraction from the main story line. Each chapter presents two close-ups on research — well articulated and specific examples of research within the content area, each including a summary of the hypotheses, methods, results, and interpretations. This feature provides a continuous thread that reminds students of the importance of empirical research. The research foci also emphasize the fact that findings are not always predictable ahead of time (dispelling the myth of hindsight bias), and also help students understand how research really works. The author’s focus on behavior and empiricism has produced, Introduction to Psychology, a text that is better organized, has fewer chapters, and is somewhat shorter than many of the leading books. Now, you don’t have to believe us. Check the book out online or order your desk copy today.

Psychology 2e
Authors: Rose M. Spielman, et al.

This text is designed to meet scope and sequence requirements for the single-semester introduction to psychology course. The book offers a comprehensive treatment of core concepts, grounded in both classic studies and current and emerging research. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Sociology

Project: Sociology 2210 OER Textbook Ancillaries

Introduction to Sociology 2e 
Authors: Heather Griffiths, et al.

This textbook 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. [Adapted from Author/Publisher]

Sociology
Authors: Ron Hammond

This is a textbook that was developed for an entry level sociology class.  [Adapted from Author/Publisher]