SUNY OER Courses

SUNY OER Services offers template courses that can serve as starting points for your own development. You can mix, match, and adapt anything from the courses below quite easily.

These courses are delivered via the Lumen Learning platform, and can be integrated into your LMS (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle) quite easily.

Additional Offerings

Beyond what’s already hosted inside the SUNY OER Services platform, many OER collections contain useful material for Sociology courses. If you have suggestions of public domain or Creative Commons content to add here, please let us know.

Title Source License  Notes
Sociology 2e OpenStax CC-BY
  • the basis for the SUNY OER Services textbook
Sociology Boundless CC-BY-SA
  • course with shorter chunks of information, 21 chapters
The Sociology Dictionary Open Education Sociology Dictionary CC-BY-SA
  • alphabetical listing of sociological terms
Open Textbooks: Sociology College of the Canyons CC-BY-SA
  • Four textbooks available to match College of the Canyon’s Sociology 101, 102, 103, & 200 courses
Introduction to Sociology Wikibooks CC-BY-SA
  • Content in modules with examples and additional charts and graphs
Sociology of the Family Ron Hammond, Paul Cheney, Raewyn Pearsey Open, currently working on CC license
  •  Free Online textbook with 18 chapters of detailed content
Social Problems: Continuity and Change Anonymous; hosted on Open Textbook Network CC-BY-NC-SA
  • From site: “Social Problems: Continuity and Change is a realistic but motivating look at the many issues that are facing our society today. As this book’s subtitle, Continuity and Change, implies, social problems are persistent, but they have also improved in the past and can be improved in the present and future, provided that our nation has the wisdom and will to address them.”


If you’d like to utilize any of the above resources in your own classroom, you’re welcome to

  • link directly to them in your learning management system (LMS)
  • copy and paste these materials into any format you’d like (a page in your LMS or a Word document, etc.). Include the copyright information and attribute the source as needed
  • print out materials and distribute them in your classroom. Include the copyright information and attribute the source as needed
  • talk with SUNY OER Services about integrating them into your LMS
  • talk with SUNY OER Services about collecting them in a bound, printed version to provide through your campus bookstore
The timeline for these last two options can vary, and will be discussed as part of your consultation with SUNY OER Services. Get started with consultation services here.