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Introduction to Sociology - Vantage Learning Platform
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Introduction to Sociology - Vantage Learning Platform

Sixth Edition


August 2023 | SAGE Publications, Inc

About Introduction to Sociology - Vantage Learning Platform, Sixth Edition

An intuitive learning platform you (and your students) will actually love.

Introduction to Sociology, Sixth Edition is offered in Sage Vantage, an intuitive learning platform that integrates quality Sage textbook content with assignable multimedia activities and auto-graded assessments to drive student engagement and ensure accountability. Unparalleled in its ease of use and built for dynamic teaching and learning, Vantage offers customizable LMS integration and best-in-class support.  

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Key features
FAVORITE SAGE VANTAGE FEATURES

Features Instructors Love


Features Students Love




Enables Easy, 3-Step Course Creation. Our simple interface enables you to create your course in minutes so you can focus on content. Just enter your course information, select your assignments and grading preferences, and review your settings.

Drives Student Engagement. An evidence-based learning design integrates text content with frequent multimedia activities and learning assessments to facilitate better student preparation, engagement, and learning retention.
  • A student dashboard offers easy access to text content and visually tracks progress on assignments and assessments.
  • Study tools, including flashcards and note-taking, highlighting, and definition look-up capabilities, give students all they need for class preparation and course success.
  • Assignable Knowledge Checks (with helpful hints) provide formative assessments after each major section of text content to reinforce retention of key concepts.
  • Critical Thinking Checks and Chapter Quizzes provide summative assessments at the end of each chapter to measure progress and long-term retention.
  • Assignable multimedia activities with assessment—including video and data activities—build critical thinking and data literacy while consistently engaging students in an interactive application of text content. Focused feedback on correct and incorrect answers eliminates any guesswork in the learning journey.
Ensures Student Accountability. Auto-graded assignments feed your gradebook while instructor reports complement your ability to track student activity, assignment completion, and learning objective mastery. These real-time analytics provide quick insights into individual and class performance for tailoring course instruction to help you address the needs of struggling students.

Delivers First-day-of-class Access and Flexibility. With our 2-week grace period access, all students can use Vantage on the very first day of class. The flexibility to use Vantage on mobile, desktop, or tablet devices means your dynamic Vantage content will consistently be available to learners any time they need it.

Offers Best-in-class Technical Support and Training. Our personalized support for instructors, students, and LMS administrators facilitates an easy transition to Vantage and the quality service you’ve come to expect from Sage.
  • Customizable Learning Management System (LMS) Integration. Our approach to integration empowers you to drive students to the content you want them to see in your LMS immediately following Single Sign On (SSO). In addition, automatic grade sync and full gradebook integration options can bolster timesaving, streamlined access to all your course content.
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  • Live and Self-Service Training. Synchronous training sessions are available to every Vantage adopter and complement our full suite of self-service “how-to” tools. Guided walk-throughs of basic and advanced Vantage features and live Q & A discussions empower you to personalize your course design and determine how Vantage can best support your teaching goals.
KEY FEATURES OF INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY, SIXTH EDITION

New to this Edition:
  • The new co-author, J. Michael Ryan, brings expertise to the book from his research on gender, sexuality, and the social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as his experiences living and teaching sociology in different parts of the world.
  • More than 100 new or revised figures with data from 2019-2023.
  • Names and spellings of minority groups have been thoroughly updated to reflect the most current scholarly conventions; to be more inclusive and non-binary; to more accurately describe a person or group's ancestry, origins, or citizenship; and to make clear distinctions between socially-constructed and biological categories. Some examples include the following:
    • Black instead of black
    • White instead of white
    • Black instead of African American
    • female/females instead of woman/women or girl/girls
    • male/males instead of man/men or boy/boys
    • they instead of he and she
    • U.S. residents instead of Americans or U.S. citizens
  • All text boxes have been eliminated with material on globalization and digital living integrated into the main narrative.
Key Features:
  • The text focuses on several themes that help define social life today:
    • Globalization—the flow of people, goods, institutions, and ideas across national borders.
    • Consumer Culture—the meaning attached to getting and using material goods.
    • Digital Living—social life mediated by digital technologies.
  • A conceptual foundation for understanding sociology is provided in the first chapter so students can build upon that foundation when they are introduced to different sociological theories.
  • Strong coverage of sociological theory is presented in an enhanced three-category system that is similar to the approach of most introductory sociology texts, but richer—encompassing classical theories as well as the most important offshoots of those theories developed in recent years.
  • Contemporary public sociologists, whose works and ideas have entered the national conversation, are featured throughout to encourage students to join a public conversation by providing key insights about current sociological issues.

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