Making an Impact: Concepts for Creating Social Change
Making an Impact: Concepts for Creating Social Change

Making an Impact: Concepts for Creating Social Change

Lead Author(s): Jennifer L. Harrison

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Making an Impact: Concepts for Creating Social Change is an interactive collection of concepts, theories, and research on topics related to the sociological study of social change. The textbook introduces topics and concepts, guiding students through basic knowledge and understanding of relevant social change concepts such as personal connections to social change, sociological perspectives, modernization, technological change, social movements, institutional change, civic engagement, and global change.

Preface

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Figure 0.1 Colorful group of people

About the Book

 Making an Impact: Concepts for Creating Social Change is an interactive collection of concepts, theories, and research on topics related to the sociological study of social change. The textbook introduces topics and concepts, guiding students through basic knowledge and understanding of relevant social change concepts such as personal connections to social change, sociological perspectives, modernization, technological change, social movements, institutional change, civic engagement, and global change. The text includes interactive questions that students answer as they read the chapter to facilitate practice and review of concepts as they go. 

It is beyond the scope of this work to consider everything that is changing in the social world today. The textbook is designed and intended to be used as a starting point to allow students to learn basic social change concepts and theories and apply them through interactive questions and videos throughout the chapters. From there students can read excerpts, articles, and case studies, or analyze current events as they relate to the class design and goals. In my own courses, I use this textbook for students to learn and practice basic concepts and ideas related to social change. I then supplement the textbook chapters with articles and current events so that the course is most relevant to the particular changes taking place in society as the class is in session. 

About the Author

Jennifer L. Harrison earned her PhD in sociology from Arizona State University. She is a lecturer at ASU and enjoys teaching topics such as social change, innovation, deviance, and the workplace. She is fascinated by how people interact in society, and she brings elements of personal, community, and social change into each of her courses. Prior to her current position, Harrison worked in the academic publishing industry writing digital content, designing course materials, and managing print and educational technology products for the sociology discipline. Those experiences combined with her sociology expertise and passion for teaching students about their social world went into the creation of this book. 

Thank you to the hundreds of Social Change students who have provided essential feedback on course materials over the years. The knowledge gained from learning about students' experiences in the course has influenced the decision to create the textbook, and in particular, in this innovative, interactive format through Top Hat. Thanks to the Top Hat team and my colleagues for supporting me and this project.

Recommended citation: Harrison, J.L. (2019). Making an impact: Concepts for creating social change. Retrieved from TopHat.com.

Image References

Figure 0.1 Image courtesy of geralt under CC0 1.0