Humanities

 

The following is a curated list of OER materials available in your particular subject area. The items you see here are generally well-developed, effectively structured, and are used and recommended by faculty in the SUNY system.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the openly licensed material available. If you don’t see something you need, we’d love to hear from you.

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U.S. History

Additional Offerings

Beyond what’s already hosted inside the SOS platform, many OER collections contain useful material for US History courses. If you have suggestions to add here, please contact us.

TitleSourceLicense Notes
Sage American HistoryHenry J SageCC-BY-NC-SA
  • covers from Colonial America to the 21st Century. The foundation for the Saylor History 211 course
U.S. History Coursebook-AdvancedCK-12CC-BY-NC
  • From website: “This book provides high school U.S. History teachers and students with sets of primary and secondary sources about important topics. Some teachers will use it as a supplement to a traditional textbook. For those looking to leave the textbook behind entirely, it will provide a course with basic structure and continuity, and will reduce the burden of finding new primary sources for each class meeting. However, it is not yet comprehensive enough to meet the coverage requirements of, for example, an Advanced Placement test.”
U.S. HistoryWikibooksCC-BY-SA
  • Concise readings, include review questions at the end of content pages
War and American SocietySaylorvaries
  • compilation of Wikibooks, lectures, and other resources
Capitalism and Democracy in AmericaSaylorvaries
  • compilation of Wikibooks, lectures, and other resources
Digital HistoryUHcopyrighted (may use for non-commercial purposes), but links to many public domain sources.
  • Various readings on topic as well as primary sources
Still Casting Shadows: A Shared Mosaic of US HistoryB Clay Shannon CC BY NC ND
  • textbook
The American YawpAmerican Yawp CC-BY-SA
  • “A Free and Online, Collaboratively Built American History Textbook”
U.S HistoryOpenStaxCC-BY
  • comprehensive textbook
Guide to Writing in HistoryUtah State CC-BY-ND
  • tips for writing in history, divided into a style and content section

 

World Civilization and World History

Additional Offerings

Beyond what’s already hosted inside the SOS platform, many OER collections contain useful material for Psychology courses. If you have suggestions to add here, please contact us.

CourseHostLicenseNotes
World HistoryBoundlessCC-BY-SA
World History VideosCrashCourseStandard YouTube LicenseComprehensive coverage through roughly 10-minute video clips
Hist 101: Ancient Civilizations of the WorldSaylorVaries, but mostly CC-BY-SA Legacy Saylor course, based on Maxfield’s book
HIST103: World History in the Early Modern and Modern Eras (1600-Present)SaylorVaries, but mostly CC-BY-SAMixture of materials, mostly from Maxfield’s book
World Civ 1 (to roman empire) OCLCC-BY various resources
Western CivOCLCC-BY various resources

Philosophy

Religion

Additional Offerings

Beyond what’s already hosted inside the SOS platform, many OER collections contain useful material for Philosophy courses. If you have suggestions to add here, please contact us.

TitleSourceLicense Notes
forallx: An Introduction to Formal LogicP.D. Magnus, University of Albany, SUNYCC BY SA
An Introduction to Philosophy: An Online Textbook Dr. Philip A. PecorinoCC BY NC ND
  • currently many pages show All Rights Reserved license, but author has confirmed he is updating and will be relicensing all pages as CC BY NC ND. This is appropriate to use now for an OER course.
  • Non-Derivative license is challenging. Might be inspirational for organization and development of your course.
Introduction to Ethical StudiesLee Archie & John G. Archie, Lander UniversityGNU Free Documentation License
An Introduction to ReasoningCathal Woods, Virginia Wesleyan CollegeCC BY NC SA
  • “An Introduction To Reasoning is a set of three text-books, in critical reasoning, (introductory) logic, and scientific reasoning.”
  • Instructor materials available by contacting author directly
  • published in Google Drive
Fundamental Methods of LogicMatthew Knachel, University of Wisconsin – MilwaukeeAll Rights Reserved; open access
  • since this is a free access publication, it can be used as a supplemental resource in AtD grant courses, but not as a primary text