Open Educational Resources and Social Justice Studies

Resources by C-ID

Note: the “Resources by C-ID” section includes not only Social Justice Studies (SJS) courses, but also the Sociology (SOCI) descriptors that are referenced in the Social Justice Studies Transfer Model Curriculum core.

Introduction to Social Justice (C-ID SJS 110)/Introduction to Race and Ethnicity (C-ID SOCI 150)


  • Immigrant and Refugee Families (Ballard et al.) – LibreTexts (CC BY-NC)
    Immigrant and Refugee Families: Global Perspectives on Displacement and Resettlement Experiences offers an interdisciplinary perspective on immigrant and refugee families’ challenges and resilience across multiple domains, including economic, political, health, and human rights. This text uses a family systems lens to discuss the challenges and strengths of immigrant and refugee families in the United States. Chapters address immigration policy, human rights issues, economic stress, mental health and traumatic stress, domestic violence, substance abuse, family resilience, and methods of integration.
  • Minority Studies (Dunn) – LibreTexts (CC BY)
  • Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S.: An Intersectional Approach (2021) – LibreTexts (CC BY-NC-SA)
    Supported by the ASCCC-OERI, this open text was compiled by six diverse, community college sociology faculty from Long Beach City College, Cerritos College, and Santiago Canyon College. With an eye on social justice and intersectionality, the text provides a sociological analysis of the history, demographics, and contemporary experiences of the following race-ethnic groups: African Americans, Asian American Pacific Islanders, Euro Americans, Latinx, Native Americans, Middle Eastern Americans, and immigrants. This text is suitable for a sociology course on race and ethnic relations or a social justice studies introductory course.

Additional Resources

Beyond Race: Cultural Influences on Human Social Life (Kennedy, 2018) (CC BY-NC-SA) A 75-page book focused on theory and research in cultural sociology.

Introduction to Women’s Studies (C-ID SJS 120)


  • Gender and Sexualities: An Inquiry Gender and Sexualities: An Inquiry provides an interdisciplinary and intersectional framework for thinking critically about the historical and contemporary applications of knowledge about gender and sexuality. This may be straightforward in some arenas, but we will find navigating gender and sexuality terminologies (e.g., sexual orientation, what constitutes “sex” in particular places and times, sexual identity, gender and gender identity, among many other discussions) to be a rigorous historical, personal, political, philosophical, and anthropological study (to name just a few of the intellectual traditions we encounter). Throughout we encourage readers to interrogate social ideals and other narratives that aim to “naturalize” gender and sexuality. In other words, we will address gender and sexual identities and practices and meaning as historical, cultural, and political phenomena. We will question whether contemporary categories infer that bodily practices, pleasures, and knowledge are permanently tethered to universal, transhistorical ideals and thought. We will investigate the intersectional contexts where sexualities and genders take shape and provide. Finally, throughout readers and students should begin to understand the rich and deep efforts of gender and sexuality based social movements and thought and appreciate the ethical significances of various claims about gender and sexuality.
  • Introduction to Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies (Kang, Lessard, & Heston, 2017) (CC BY) This textbook introduces key feminist concepts and analytical frameworks used in the interdisciplinary Women, Gender, Sexualities field. It unpacks the social construction of knowledge and categories of difference, processes and structures of power and inequality, with a focus on gendered labor in the global economy, and the historical development of feminist social movements. The book emphasizes feminist sociological approaches to analyzing structures of power, drawing heavily from empirical feminist research.

Women’s Studies – Additional Resources

Boundless Gender and Sexuality This is a chapter from a Boundless book on Psychology. There are five sections that include Introduction to Gender and Sexuality, Sex, Gender, Sexuality, and Discrimination Based on Sex and Gender. Also included are a quiz and PowerPoint slides. Introduction to Gender and Sexuality PowerPoint template contains 12 slides for your next psychology lecture or class presentation. The Boundless free Introduction to Gender and Sexuality PowerPoint template comes with an appendix loaded with key terms and psychology quiz questions that you can add to make a more thorough presentation or use to quiz students with. Our community of experts helped create a full set of free psychology PowerPoint templates that cover everything from sensation and perception to treating psychological disorders.

Women’s Studies – Journal Articles (Open Access, Not Modifiable)

Women’s Studies – Courses, Lectures, and Documentaries

MIT Open CourseWare: Women’s and Gender Studies

Everyday Social Justice – Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies 101 This course is an introduction to intersectionality and social justice. I’m starting from a beginner perspective assuming that folks are coming into these ideas for the first time. The course begins with some of the typical patterns that people experience when they’re confronting their privilege for the first time, including resistance, fragility, guilt and shame. I encourage folks to always stay focused on their privileged identities, whichever those are. Since it’s an introductory course, there’s a lot of interesting ideas, but we don’t delve deep into any of them. We explore some of the similar patterns that different oppressions face, like victim blaming, competition, internalization, issues around visibility, disclosure, inheritability and familial relationships. We analyze economic systems around work and employment and question the structures and systems that shape our lives. I encourage students to develop their humility, ally and activism skills. We wrap up with hope for how to reimagine a better society.

Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies (C-ID SJS 130)


The American LGBTQ Rights Movement: An Introduction (CC BY-SA) The American LGBTQ Rights Movement: An Introduction is a peer-reviewed chronological survey of the LGBTQ fight for equal rights from the turn of the 20th century to the early 21st century. Illustrated with historical photographs, the book beautifully reveals the heroic people and key events that shaped the American LGBTQ rights movement. The book includes personal narratives to capture the lived experience from each era, as well as details of essential organizations, texts, and court cases that defined LGBTQ activism and advocacy.

LGBTQ+ Studies – Journal Articles (Open Access, Not Modifiable)

Introduction to Gender (C-ID SOCI 140)

The list below was obtained from Open Educational Resources and Sociology. Additional resources for this course may be available above under Introduction to Women’s Studies (C-ID SJS 120).

Additional Resources by Population-Focus (Discipline-focus varies)

General Resources

This page last updated November 20, 2021.