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The Basics


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The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Work Psychology The Basics

Work Psychology: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Catherine Steele, Laura Dean, Frances Cousans
January 01, 2023

Death and Religion: The Basics

Death and Religion: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Candi K. Cann
December 30, 2022

Death and Religion: The Basics provides a thorough and accessible introduction to dying, death, grief and conceptions of the afterlife in world religions. It leads readers through considerations of how we understand meanings of death and after-death, and the theories and practices attached to ...

Digital Religion: The Basics

Digital Religion: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Wendi Bellar, Heidi A. Campbell
December 30, 2022

Digital Religion: The Basics explores how digital media and internet platforms are transforming religious practice in a digital age and the impact this has had on religious culture in contemporary society. Through exploring six defining characteristics of how religion is acted out online, ...

Dramaturgy: The Basics

Dramaturgy: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Anne M. Hamilton, Walter Byongsok Chon
December 30, 2022

Dramaturgy: The Basics introduces the art of dramaturgy, explaining how dramaturgy works, what a dramaturg is, and how to appreciate their unique contribution to theatre-making. A wide-ranging account of the role of this vital element of theatre helps students and aspiring performance makers to ...

Information Science The Basics

Information Science: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Judith Pintar, David Hopping
December 30, 2022

Information Science: The Basics provides an accessible introduction to the multifaceted field of Information Science (IS). Inviting readers to explore a modern field of study with deep historical foundations, the book begins by considering the complexities of the term ‘information.’ Each chapter ...

English Vocabulary: The Basics

English Vocabulary: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Michael McCarthy
December 05, 2022

English Vocabulary: The Basics offers a clear, non-jargonistic introduction to English vocabulary, the way linguists classify and explain it, and the place of vocabulary in our overall picture of the language, and in society. Introducing a range of terminology for discussing vocabulary, the reader ...

Special Educational Needs and Disability The Basics

Special Educational Needs and Disability: The Basics

4th Edition

Forthcoming

By Janice Wearmouth
November 30, 2022

Special Educational Needs and Disability provides a clear, coherent overview of the historical development of the field of special educational, or additional learning or support needs and disability, and discussion of important past and current social and political contexts in which this took place...

Archaeological Theory The Basics

Archaeological Theory: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Robert Chapman
November 22, 2022

Archaeological Theory: The Basics is an accessible introduction to an indispensable part of what archaeologists do. The book guides the reader to an understanding of what theory is, how it works and the range of theories used in archaeology. The growth of theory and the adoption of theories drawn ...

Educational Neuroscience The Basics

Educational Neuroscience: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Cathy Rogers, Michael Thomas
November 15, 2022

Educational Neuroscience: The Basics is an engaging introduction to this emerging, interdisciplinary field. It explains how the brain works and its priorities for learning, and shows how educational neuroscience, when combined with existing knowledge of human and social psychology, and with teacher...

Social Work: The Basics

Social Work: The Basics

2nd Edition

Forthcoming

By Mark Doel
November 14, 2022

This revised second edition of Social Work: The Basics is an insightful introduction to the often misrepresented world of social work. This accessible book presents a broad view of contemporary social work, exploring its roots and its possible future. It dispels myths surrounding social work, ...

Play Directing The Basics

Play Directing: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Damon Kiely
November 02, 2022

Play Directing: The Basics introduces theatre students to a step-by-step process for directing plays, including advice on devising. Beginning with a historical overview of directing, this book covers every aspect of the director’s job from first read to closing night. Practical advice on finding ...

Sexology The Basics

Sexology: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Silva Neves
November 01, 2022

Sexology: The Basics is the contemporary manual of human sexuality, eroticism and intimate relationships. It takes you to every corner of the human erotic mind and physiological arousal response for a thorough understanding of all the functional parts of our sexualities, including how we bond, love...

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