Schaefer, Sociology: A Brief Introduction, High School Edition, © 2023, 14e

Grade Levels: 9-12
Sociology: A Brief Introduction is written in a student-friendly, accessible voice that allows learners to contextualize sociological theories, research, and concepts in real-world scenarios with vivid examples that promote engagement and understanding.

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The high school edition of Sociology: A Brief Introduction directly aligns with the American Sociological Association’s National Standards for High School Sociology and delivers full coverage of the domains, competencies, and concepts students need to master in their sociology course. Concrete examples, contextualized in real-world scenarios, bring relevance to the learning experience. In-chapter features include:
Critical Thinking and Use your Sociological Imagination activities that encourage students to use higher-order thinking skills.
Research Today activities that present current data, statistics, and research applied to engaging real-world topics.
Tracking Sociological Perspectives to highlight the major sociological perspectives.
Sociology in the Global Community activities that build cross-cultural awareness.
Careers in Sociology and Taking Sociology to Work features that showcase career possibilities.
Taking Sociology with You, which delivers engaging activities specifically developed for high school students to connect what they’ve learned to their daily lives and includes a writing activity. 
Rich multi-media resources that provide students with multiple opportunities to contextualize and apply their understanding and personalize the learning experience.

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Additional Details & Resources

  1. Understanding Sociology
  2. Sociological Research
  3. Culture
  4. Socialization and the Life Course
  5. Social Interaction, Groups, and Social Structure
  6. Mass Media and Social Media
  7. Deviance, Crime, and Social Control
  8. Stratification and Social Mobility in the United States
  9. Global Inequality
  10. Racial and Ethnic Inequality
  11. Stratification by Gender and Sexuality
  12. The Family and Household Diversity
  13. Education and Religion
  14. Government and the Economy
  15. Health, Population, and the Environment
  16. Social Change in the Global Community

Richard T. Schaefer: Professor Emeritus, DePaul University; BA, Northwestern University; MA, PhD University of Chicago.

Growing up in Chicago at a time when neighborhoods were going through transitions in ethnic and racial composition, Richard T. Schaefer found himself increasingly intrigued by what was happening, how people were reacting, and how these changes were affecting neighborhoods and people's jobs. His interest in social issues caused him to gravitate to sociology courses at Northwestern University, where he eventually received a BA in sociology.

"Originally as an undergraduate I thought I would go on to law school and become a lawyer. But after taking a few sociology courses, I found myself wanting to learn more about what sociologists studied and fascinated by the kinds of questions they raised." This fascination led him to obtain his MA and PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago. Dr. Schaefer's continuing interest in race relations led him to write his master's thesis on the membership of the Ku Klux Klan and his doctoral thesis on racial prejudice and race relations in Great Britain.

Dr. Schaefer went on to become a professor of sociology at DePaul University in Chicago. In 2004 he was named to the Vincent DePaul professorship in recognition of his undergraduate teaching and scholarship. He has taught introductory sociology for over 35 years to students in colleges, adult education programs, nursing programs, and even a maximum-security prison. Dr. Schaefer's love of teaching is apparent in his interaction with his students. "I find myself constantly learning from the students who are in my classes and from reading what they write. Their insights into the material we read or current events that we discuss often become part of future course material and sometimes even find their way into my writing."

Dr. Schaefer is the author of Sociology in Modules, fifth edition (McGraw Hill, 2020), the seventh edition of Sociology Matters (McGraw Hill, 2019), and, with Robert Feldman, Sociology and Your Life with P.O.W.E.R. Learning (2016). He is also the author of Racial and Ethnic Groups, now in its fifteenth edition update (2021) and Race and Ethnicity in the United States (ninth edition, 2019), both published by Pearson. Together with William Zellner, he coauthored the ninth edition of Extraordinary Groups, published by Waveland Press in 2015. Dr. Schaefer served as the general editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society, published by Sage in 2008. These books have been translated into Chinese (long and short forms), Sinhalese. Indonesian, Turkish, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish, as well as adapted for use in Canadian colleges.

Dr. Schaefer's articles and book reviews have appeared in many journals, including American Journal of Sociology; Phylon: A Review of Race and Culture; Contemporary Sociology; Sociology and Social Research; Sociological Quarterly; Patterns of Prejudice; and Teaching Sociology. He served as president of the Midwest Sociological Society in 1994–1995.

Dr. Schaefer's advice to students is to "look at the material and make connections to your own life and experiences. Sociology will make you a more attentive observer of how people in groups interact and function. It will also make you more aware of people's different needs and interests—and perhaps more ready to work for the common good, while still recognizing the individuality of each person."