Innovative courseware designed to develop each student’s sociological imagination.

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Connect for Sociology Features


Connect for Sociology is an easy-to-use learning platform that gives instructors and students access to our sociology textbooks and online tools that help students to think like a sociologist. Use Connect to compliment instruction in your sociology course and inspire deeper engagement and critical thinking. Tools like “In Their Shoes” and “Applying the Perspectives” are tied to chapter learning objectives and are designed to help bring sociology to life for students.


SmartBook 2.0 personalizes learning to individual student needs, continually adapting to pinpoint knowledge gaps and focus learning on concepts requiring additional study. It helps students better prepare for class time by helping them identify and focus on the concepts they don’t know. For instructors, SmartBook tracks student progress and provides insights that guide teaching strategies and advanced instruction, for a more dynamic class experience.

Concept Clips

Break down key themes and difficult concepts using easy-to-understand analogies, colorful animations, and easy-to-understand audio narration.

In Their Shoes

Help students develop their Sociological Imagination with the “In Their Shoes” application-based activities. Students walk through the situation, challenges, and crises in a character’s life. Covering topics such as “Deviance and Social Control,” “Racial and Ethnic Inequality,” and “Socialization and the Life Course,” students explore and navigate life choices.

Applying the Perspectives

In Apply the Perspectives, students examine a problem—global inequality, gender stratification, or family and intimate relationships—from three sociological perspectives and apply their critical thinking skills to align theories with the appropriate perspective.

Visual Data Analysis

Visual Data Analysis activities encourage critical thinking and analysis using data presented to students visually.

NewsFlash Activities

Activities based on current news stories are tied to key course topics and learning objectives. After interacting with a contemporary news story, students are assessed on their ability to make the connection between real-life events and course content.

Power of Process

Power of Process guides students through the process of critical reading, analysis, and writing and allows instructors to assess these skills in an online environment. Select from a preloaded set of classic sociology readings, upload your own reading, or allow students to select and upload reading selections or source materials.

Writing Assignment Plus

Writing Assignment Plus delivers a learning experience that helps students improve their written communication skills and conceptual understanding. Faculty can assign, monitor, grade, and provide feedback on writing projects efficiently. Built-in grammar and writing review helps students improve writing quality while an originality check helps students correct potential plagiarism before submission.

Sociology in the News

Sociology in the News in a place for sociology instructors and students to find articles that connect current events, news stories, and the latest research data to sociological concepts. Questions for discussion are included to engage readers and spur critical thinking.

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