149 Social Sciences – General

Last update: Feb. 20/24


Cornell Open (CC BY-NC-ND) by various

An open access portal for both new and classic out-of-print titles from the distinguished catalog of Cornell University Press. Cornell Open offers open access to key titles in the fields of anthropology, classics, political science, literary criticism and theory, German studies, and Slavic studies.

IntechOpen Books: Social Sciences and Humanities (CC BY) by various


Edinburgh DataShort: College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (Various licences) by various

A digital repository of research data produced at the University of Edinburgh by the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Supplementary Materials

Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work ancillary materials (CC BY) by various

From Galileo Open Learning Materials.


Cases on Social Issues: for class discussion ( CC BY-NC) by Deirdre Maultsaid and Gregory John

This Open Educational Resource, “Cases on Social Issues: For Class Discussion” includes valuable cases on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion for student use. The critical events portrayed in the cases are realistic and emotional, and feature the experiences of under-represented and marginalized people. These thoughtful, contemporary cases pose ethical dilemmas about social issues that encourage post-secondary students and instructors to have stimulating, inclusive, and compassionate discussions.  Inspired by input from post-secondary students and authored by people usually under-represented in education material, this resource is designed for upper-level undergraduate or graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, business, healthcare, science, agriculture, environmental studies, law and more. Each case is supplemented with modifiable discussion prompts, notes for teaching strategy, and a short reading list. This resource is a work in progress.

Exploring Intercultural Communication (CC BY) by various

Intercultural communication is the study and practice of communication across cultural contexts. It applies equally to domestic cultural differences such as ethnicity and gender and to international differences such as those associated with nationality or world region. Intercultural communication is an approach to relations among members of these groups that focuses on the recognition and respect of cultural differences, seeks the goal of mutual adaptation leading to biculturalism rather than simple assimilation, and supports the development of intercultural sensitivity on the part of individuals and organizations to enable empathic understanding and competent coordination of action across cultural differences.

Social Science LibreTexts Library (CC BY-NC-SA) by various

A collection of open textbooks, assignments, and other educational resources on topics in the social sciences.

Social Science Research: Principles, Methods, and Practices (CC-BY-NC-SA) by Anol Bhattacherjee (University of South Florida)

This book is designed to introduce doctoral and graduate students to the process of scientific research in the social sciences, business, education, public health, and related disciplines. It is a one-stop, comprehensive, and compact source for foundational concepts in behavioral research, and can serve as a stand-alone text or as a supplement to research readings in any course on research methods.

The contents and examples are designed for anyone interested in behavioral research (not just information systems people), and so, the book should appeal to most business programs, social sciences, education, public health, and related disciplines. It has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

This chapter is adapted from Social Sciences - General in OER by Discipline Directory by Edited by Lauri M. Aesoph and Josie Gray.


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