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OER for ECU Foundation Courses: Social Sciences (GE:SO)

OERs for the Social Sciences

This page highlights several open textbooks for courses in the Social Sciences. The purpose of this list is to provide recommendations to faculty who are considering adopting OERs in Foundation courses at East Carolina University. These resources can complement a course or even serve as the primary textbook. This can page can also serve as a reference for students looking for open resources on topics in the social sciences. Courses in the General Education requirement for Social Sciences (GE:SO) can be found here:

Selected Providers of Social Sciences OERs

 undefined Open Textbook Library  

"These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization."

undefined   Lumen Learning 

"Lumen materials aim to deliver an active learning experience. They include text, images, videos, assessments, directed feedback, practice questions, simulations, and other interactives that invite students to apply their knowledge, improve their understanding, and perform better."

undefined    MERLOT 

"MERLOT search engine provides access to curated online learning and support materials and content creation tools, led by an international community of educators, learners and researchers."

undefined Open SUNY Textbooks

Open SUNY textbooks is a publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants and SUNY Geneseo. Textbooks are written by faculty experts

undefinedOER Commons

"OER Commons offers a comprehensive infrastructure for curriculum experts and instructors at all levels to identify high-quality OER and collaborate around their adaptation, evaluation, and use to address the needs of teachers and learners."

undefined  BCcampus

Search engine covering major subjects; toolkits available for teachers and authors to adopt and create OERs, respectively.

Saylor Academy Open Textbooks

Search engine for curated OER materials that instructors can adopt and adapt for their classroom.

Anthropology (ANTH)

ANTH 1000 Introduction Anthropology

undefinedPerspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology

Edited by L. Gonzales, N. Brown, & T. McIlwraith

We are delighted to bring to you this novel textbook, 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. …Our approach to cultural anthropology is holistic. We see the interconnectedness of cultural practices and, in all of the chapters, we emphasize the comparison of cultures and the ways of life of different peoples.”

undefined  The Art of Being Human: A Textbook for Cultural Anthropology

by Michael Wesch

"In this unique book, Dr. Michael Wesch shares many of his own adventures of being an anthropologist and what the science of human beings can tell us about the art of being human. This special first draft edition is a loose framework for more and more complete future chapters and writings. It serves as a companion to, a free and open resource for instructors of cultural anthropology."

undefinedThe History of our Tribe: Homini

by Barbara Welker

"This text is designed for a course on Human Evolution but can also serve as an introductory text for relevant sections of courses in Biological or General Anthropology or general interest.  It is both a comprehensive technical reference for relevant terms, theories, methods, and species and an overview of the people, places, and discoveries that have imbued paleoanthropology with such fascination, romance, and mystery."

undefinedSpeaking of Culture

by Nolan Weil

The title of this book is Speaking of Culture and its purpose is to define culture and other concepts associated with it. My hope is that the readings in this book will help you to better understand the breadth of the concept of culture and provide you with a vocabulary for discussing it more articulately.”

Economics (ECON)

ECON 2113 Principles of Microeconomics

Microeconomics Principles

by L. Rittenberg & T. Tregarthen

"...To ensure students realize that economics is a unified discipline and not a bewildering array of seemingly unrelated topics, we develop the presentation of microeconomics and of macroeconomics around integrating themes. The integrating theme for microeconomics is the marginal decision rule, a simple approach to choices that maximize the value of some objective."

undefined Modern Microeconomics

by S. Rode

This online book discusses the advanced version of traditional microeconomic theories.

undefined Microeconomics

by Lumen Learning

"This course provides a strong foundation in microeconomic theory, whether preparing for further study in economics, the social sciences, business, or other disciplines."

Principles of Microeconomics

by D. Curtis & I. Irvine

"Principles of Microeconomics provides a concise, yet complete, coverage of introductory microeconomic theory, application and policy in a Canadian and global environment. Our beginning is orthodox: We explain and develop the standard tools of analysis in the discipline..."

Introduction to Microeconomics

by MIT OpenCourseware

"This course introduces microeconomic concepts and analysis, supply and demand analysis, theories of the firm and individual behavior, competition and monopoly, and welfare economics. Students will also be introduced to the use of microeconomic applications to address problems in current economic policy throughout the semester."


by UNC System Digital Course Enhancement Initiative

Module content includes the market model; measuring market welfare; analyzing market failure; elasticities; and firm production and cost.


ECON 2133 Principles of Macroeconomics

undefined Macroeconomics

by Lumen Learning

This macroeconomics course prepares students to think like economists and analyze decisions made by individuals, businesses, and governments. Students will learn about the key macroeconomic indicators of GDP, unemployment, and inflation, then apply these concepts to analyze economic behavior.”

undefined Macroeconomics: Theory Through Applications

by A. John & R. Cooper

The intended audience of the textbook is first-year undergraduates taking courses on the principles of macroeconomics and microeconomics. Many may never take another economics course. We aim to increase their economic literacy both by developing their aptitude for economic thinking and by presenting key insights about economics that every educated individual should know."

undefined Principles of Macroeconomics

by D. Curtis and I. Irvine

“Examples are domestic and international in their subject matter and are of the modern era — financial markets, monetary and fiscal policies aimed at inflation and debt control, globalization and the importance of trade flows in economic structure, and concerns about slow growth and the risk of deflation, are included.

undefined Principles of Macroeconomics

“The chapters themselves are written using a “modular” format. In particular, chapters generally consist of three main content sections that break down a particular topic into manageable parts. Each content section contains not only an exposition of the material at hand but also learning objectives, summaries, examples, and problems. Each chapter is introduced with a story to motivate the material and each chapter ends with a wrap-up and additional problems."


by UNC System Digital Course Enhancement Initiative

Topics covered include GDP, economic growth, and inflation rate; using a macroeconomic model to explain economic fluctuation; fiscal policies; and U.S. public debt.

Geography (GEOG)

GEOG 1000 People, Places, and Environments

Introduction to Human Geography

by D. Dorrell, J. Henderson, T. Lindley, & G. Connor

"Geography is a diverse discipline that has some sort of connection to most every other academic discipline. This connection is the spatial perspective, which essentially means if a phenomenon can be mapped, it has some kind of relationship to geography."

undefined  Physical Geography

by Lumen Learning

"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."

undefined World Regional Geography

by Caitlin Finlayson

"World Regional Geography presents an overview of the discipline by introducing students to key themes and concepts in the discipline of geography through a study of the world’s regions. This text approaches geography as experts understand the discipline, focusing on connections and an in-depth understanding of core themes."

Political Science (POLS)

POLS 1010 National Government

Boundless Political Science

by Lumen Learning

Topics include American politics, the Constitution, Founding of America, federalism, civil liberties, branches of govenment, and etc.

undefined  American Government and Politics in the Information Age

by University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

“This text is a comprehensive introduction to the vital subject of American government and politics. Governments decide who gets what, when, how (See Harold D. Lasswell, Politics: Who Gets What, When, How, [New York: McGraw-Hill, 1936]); they make policies and pass laws that are binding on all a society's members; they decide about taxation and spending, benefits and costs, even life and death."

21st Century American Government and Politics

by David L. Paletz

“In covering American government and politics, our text introduces the intricacies of the Constitution, the complexities of federalism, the meanings of civil liberties, and the conflicts over civil rights; explains how people are socialized to politics, acquire and express opinions, and participate in political life; describes interest groups, political parties, and elections—the intermediaries that link people to government and politics; details the branches of government and how they operate; and shows how policies are made and affect people’s lives."

Psychology (PSYC)

PSYC 1000 Introductory Psychology

undefined Psychology

by R. M.  Spielman, K. Dumper, W. Jenkins, A. Lacombe, M. Lovett, & M. Perlmutter

"Psychology 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. The text also includes coverage of the DSM-5 in examinations of psychological disorders. Psychology incorporates discussions that reflect the diversity within the discipline, as well as the diversity of cultures and communities across the globe."

undefined  Introduction to Psychology

by C. Stangor & J. Walinga

"This book is designed to help students organize their thinking about psychology at a conceptual level. The focus on behaviour and empiricism has produced a text that is better organized, has fewer chapters, and is somewhat shorter than many of the leading books. The beginning of each section includes learning objectives; throughout the body of each section are key terms in bold followed by their definitions in italics; key takeaways, and exercises and critical thinking activities end each section."

undefined Together: The Science of Social Psychology

"This textbook presents core concepts common to introductory social psychology courses. The 8 units include 27 modules covering key social psych topics such as research methods, group processes, social influence, and relationships."

undefined Psychology as a Social Science

Edited by Peter Lindberg

This textbook includes 10 units and 38 modules that include learning objectives, discussion questions, and vocabulary. Topics cover research design, biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, cognition and language, development, social psychology, personality, emotions, motivation, and well-being.

undefined Educational Psychology

by K. Seifert & R. Sutton

"In general the first half of the book focuses on broader questions and principles taken from psychology per se, and the second half focuses on somewhat more practical issues of teaching. But the division between “theory” and “practice” is only approximate; all parts of the book draw on research, theory, and practical wisdom wherever appropriate. "

PSYC 3206 Developmental Psychology

undefined Development Psychology

by William Pelz

Topics cover growth and development through the life span including physical, social, cognitive and neurological development. Topics covered included daycare, education, disabilities, parenting, types of families, gender identity and roles, career decisions, illnesses and treatments, and aging.

undefined Psychology through the Lifespan

by A. Beyer & J. Lazzara

This text covers an age theme approach to lifespan developmental psychology.

undefined Psychology

Published by Boundless

Text covers foundation topics, sensation, perception, states of consciousness, learning, cognition, social psychology, personality, and more topics. Text is accompanied by lecture slides and quiz files.

Sociology (SOCI)

SOCI 2110 Introduction to Sociology 

undefinedBoundless Sociology

by Lumen Learning

Materials include online text, e-pub, PowerPoint slides, and quizzes. Topics include an overview of sociology: culture, socialization, interaction, social control, global stratification, family, education, government, economy, religion, etc.
undefined Introduction to Sociology

by W. Little et al.

"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."


undefined Introduction to Sociology

Published by Openstax

"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."