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SOC3 is the second revision of the bestselling SOC title that was developed through a proven “student-tested, faculty-approved” approach. Complete with all the topics and coverage for the intro course, this book was created with considerable input from focus groups, surveys, and conversations with students and instructors, resulting in a finished product that is exactly what these users want and need in a text. Its high-interest and comprehensive content, engaging magazine style, current examples, and personal tone appeal to today’s students. A brief, affordable format accommodates their lifestyles, and a full suite of online learning aids--including downloadable flashcards and interactive quizzing--enables them to study and learn on their terms. Bound-in review cards for each chapter highlight core concepts, key terms, learning outcomes, and other tools to help students study for exams. Instructors appreciate the program’s focus on critical thinking, its real-world relevance, and the work of Nijole V. Benokraitis, an established author known for her accessible style and sound research. SOC3 is an ideal addition to the introductory sociology market, in which an essentials approach has wide appeal among students and instructors alike.

Nijole V. Benokraitis, University of Baltimore

Nijole V. Benokraitis, professor of sociology at the University of Baltimore, received a B.A. in sociology and English from Emmanuel College, an M.A. in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. She has served as both chair and graduate program director of the University of Baltimore's Department of Sociology and has chaired numerous university committees. She has authored, coauthored, edited, or coedited eight books, including CONTEMPORARY ETHNIC FAMILIES IN THE UNITED STATES: CHARACTERISTICS, VARIATIONS, AND DYNAMICS; FEUDS ABOUT FAMILIES: CONSERVATIVE, CENTRIST, LIBERAL, AND FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES; MODERN SEXISM: BLATANT, SUBTLE, AND COVERT DISCRIMINATION; and SEEING OURSELVES: CLASSIC, CONTEMPORARY, AND CROSS-CULTURAL READINGS IN SOCIOLOGY. In addition, she has published numerous articles and book chapters on such topics as institutional racism and discrimination against women in government and higher education.
  • More succinct and streamlined than ever, the Third Edition of SOC3 has been reduced from 18 to 16 chapters by combining Ch.14 Education and Ch.15 Religion as well as Ch. 11 Government/Politics and Ch. 12 Work/Economy.
  • An all-new chapter on Health and Technology significantly expands the book’s health coverage. It also includes technology material from SOC2’s Social Change chapter.
  • Included throughout each chapter, the new “Sociology in Your Life” feature helps students apply chapter concepts to their own lives. This insightful feature poses two to three questions--such as “How much water do you consume a week?”--to students and then provides a link to relevant information that helps them see the big picture--such as a link that determines average water consumption in various parts of the world.
  • Reflecting the latest research, trends, and developments from the field, the Third Edition is completely up to date and includes hundreds of updated references.
  • An innovative combination of content delivery both in print and online provides a core text and a wealth of comprehensive multimedia teaching and learning assets based on input from student focus groups and surveys, and from interviews with faculty and students.
  • Comprehensive yet concise chapters in a modern design present content in an engaging and accessible format without minimizing coverage for your course.
  • Instructor Prep Cards at the back of the Instructor’s Edition make preparation simple with detachable cards for each chapter, offering a quick map of chapter content, a list of corresponding PowerPoint® and video resources, additional examples, and suggested assignments and discussion questions to help you organize chapter content efficiently.
  • A full suite of unique learning tools that appeal to different learning styles is available to students with the purchase of a new book.
  • SOC3, 3E also features all of the content and resources you expect with a supplements package that is second to none.
  • Helping students maximize their study time with a portable study tool, “Chapter in Review” tear-out Study Cards at the back of the Student Edition include ten student self-assessment Chapter Quiz questions per chapter, as well as midterm (Chapters 1-8) and final (Chapters 1-17) practice quiz cards.
  • Up-to-the-minute coverage of the latest social trends and issues includes comprehensive discussions of crime, immigration, politics, the family, language as a socializing force, and much more.
  • The text emphasizes the ever increasing impact technology has on all facets of our social world, from cyberbullying at school to communicating at the workplace.
  • Chapter-opening “What Do you Think?” survey questions encourage greater active student engagement and promote self-exploration of key chapter topics.
  • The text’s enhanced magazine-style photo program reflects contemporary society as it brings key concepts to life for students.
1. Thinking Like a Sociologist.
2. Examining Our Social World.
3. Culture.
4. Socialization.
5. Social Interaction and Social Structure.
6. Social Groups, Organizations, and Social Institutions.
7. Deviance, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System.
8. Social Stratification: United States and Global.
9. Gender and Sexuality.
10. Race and Ethnicity.
11. The Economy and Politics.
12. Families and Aging.
13. Education and Religion.
14. Health and Medicine
15. Population, Urbanization, and the Environment.
16. Social Change: Collective Behavior, Social Movements, and Technology.

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  • ISBN-10: 1133592120
  • ISBN-13: 9781133592129
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $52.50
  • RETAIL $69.95

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Instructor's Website

ISBN: 9781305961203
This collection of book-specific lecture and class tools is available online via Access and download PowerPoint presentations, images, instructor’s manual, and more.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305868045
Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want. Every question has undergone a series of accuracy checks and anti-piracy reviews, as well as a multi-point inspection to remove weak question options (e.g. all answers are correct), sharpen ambiguous questions, and ensure balanced coverage of major course concpets, difficulty levels, and Bloom’s Taxonomy. The test bank questions form the basis for the assessments in the SOC Online product, and are different from the Practice Quizzes available for students.