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Essentials of Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach (8th Edition)


This textbook is a favorite with students and professor for its wit, humor and down-to-Earth approach. Author James Heslin, Professor Emeritus at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, uses an engaging personal writing style to highlight how sociology is relevant to students’ everyday lives.

Using real-life examples, the book engages students by being extremely relatable and accessible without talking down to students. Heslin’s passion for the subject of sociology shines through all 518 pages.

Students are guided on their sociological journey with: Down-to-Earth Approach, Comparative Perspectives, Globalization of Capitalism and Visual Presentations of Sociology

Part I covers The Sociological Perspective; Part II focuses on Social Groups and Social Control; Part III addresses Social Inequality; Part IV covers Social Institutions; and Part V talks about Social Change.

Human Resource Management (12th edition)

Human Resource Management (12th edition)


This textbook offers the most up-to-date examination of human resource management. It focuses on the HR role it plays within business organizations and describes the activities human resource managers perform in order to fill staff positions, comply with equal opportunity laws, develop HR policies and procedures, train and compensate employees, and ensure workplace safety.

Blending a balance of theory and real-life practice, the 624-page textbook is a leading resource for preparation for professional HR certification by covering all major topics for professional exams given by the Human Resource Certification Institute (SHRM).  The integrated CengageNOW online learning system includes personalized study plans to help students complete course requirements.

Authors Dr. Robert Mathis, Professor Emeritus of Management at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Dr. John H. Jackson, Professor of Management at the University of Wyoming, look at emerging trends in human resource including, globalization, strategic HR, employee retention, HR technology, metrics, managing talent, total rewards, risk management, and changes to workforce demographics.