Social Sciences, Sociology & Anthropology

Open Courseware and Resources (Social Sciences (general), Sociology, Anthropology)

- Social Sciences: group of academic disciplines that study human aspects of the world (Wikipedia).
- Sociology: scientific study of society, including patterns of social relationships, social interaction, and culture (Wikipedia).
- Anthropology: study of humanity, has origins in the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences (Wikipedia).

Social Sciences

  About Social Sciences  
Brief introductions
Based on Wikipedia

Soomo Publishing's "Animated Introduction to Social Science" defines the broad-spectrum discipline of social science.

Some of the terms used in Social Sciences - click on any one above to Google it.

  Social Sciences - Open Textbooks  
Links to open access (free) textbooks.

  • Wikibooks - the open-content textbooks collection that anyone can edit: Social sciences, academic disciplines concerned with the study of the social life of human groups and individuals

See Links to Listings of Open Textbooks (all subject areas)

  Social Sciences - Support for Learners  
Sites that actively support learners - eg learner communities, forums, expert help etc

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

  Social Sciences - Best Resource Sites  
iBerry's choice - other recommendations welcome!

  • American Anthropological Association (US), Anthropology Resources on the Internet - Associations, Institutions, Directory of Resources, E-books, Grants, Research & Study, Fieldwork, Fellowships, Guides, Linguistics, Native American Studies, Selected Interest Areas, Web Directories
  • Amsterdam University (NL), SocioSite - access to info & resources relevant for sociologists & other social scientists: subject areas (sociologists, courses, journals, libraries, data archives, language), depts (universities, research centers, associations, institutions, publishers, bookstores, weblogs), newsgroups (newsletters, mailing lists, search tools, who's where, what's new, newspapers, funny science)
  • WWW Virtual Library - Social and Behavioural Sciences

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More Social Sciences Resource Sites

Social Sciences - Open Courseware (OCW)

  Social Sciences - Open Courseware (OCW) 

The following links have been chosen by iBerry as good examples of OCW for this topic. Only significant content such as notes, images, videos etc covering topics in reasonable depth are included. Items consisting only of course advertisements, sub-topic headings, single lectures or where a significant proportion of material is password protected are not included. Comments are welcome!

Science, Magic and Religion

science and religion as historical phenomena that have evolved over time, Examines the earlier mind-set before 1700 when into science fitted elements that came eventually to be seen as magical, how Western cosmologies became "disenchanted", Magical tradition transformed into modern mysticisms, political implications, discussion concerning science in totalitarian settings as well as "big science" during Cold War

Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600

international analysis of impact of epidemic diseases on western society and culture from the bubonic plague to HIV/AIDS and experience of SARS and swine flu, infectious disease and its impact on society, development of public health measures, role of medical ethics, genre of plague literature, social reactions of mass hysteria and violence, rise of the germ theory of disease, development of tropical medicine,comparison of social, cultural and historical impact of major infectious diseases, emerging and re-emerging diseases

The Anthropology of Computing

examines computers anthropologically as meaningful tools revealing social & cultural orders that produce them, classic texts in computer science, works analyzing links between machines & culture, early computation theory & capitalist manufacturing: cybernetics and WWII operations research, readings

Human Origins and Evolution

examines dynamic interrelations among physical and behavioral traits of humans, environment and culture to provide an integrated framework for studying human biological evolution and modern diversity, morphological evolution and adaptation, fossil and cultural evidence for human evolution from earliest times through the Pleistocene, evolution of tool use and social behavior, modern human variation and concepts of race, stone artifacts and fossil specimens

Foundations of Modern Social Theory

overview of major works of social thought from the beginning of the modern era through the 1920s, social and intellectual contexts, conceptual frameworks and methods, contributions to contemporary social analysis, Writers include Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Adam Smith, Marx, Weber, Durkheim

Anthropology of Religion

theoretical analysis of religion as a cultural phenomenon, functional relationships between religion, culture, society and the individual: Anthropological Viewpoints about Religion, Diversity and Unity in the World's Religions, The Psychology of Religion, Religious Myths and Symbols, Religion as Expressive Culture, Language, Belief, and Religion, Religious Ritual, Religious Social Organization, Religion and Society, Religious Adaptation and Change, quizzes

City Visions: Past and Future

understandings of the city generated from both social science literature and urban design, literature on the history and theory of the city, theory and practice of design visions for the city, conditions under which a variety of design visions were conceived, future prospects of cities, design visions that might reflect these new dynamics: readings

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Examination of the anthropological approach to the study of human behavior, Exploration of human dependence on learned socially transmitted behavior through
consideration of ways of life in a broad range of societies

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