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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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Dementia: The Basics

Dementia: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Anthea Innes, Lesley Calvert, Gail Bowker
July 21, 2020

Dementia: The Basics provides the reader with a clear and compassionate introduction to dementia and an accessible guide to dealing with different parts of the dementia journey, from pre-diagnosis and diagnosis to post-diagnostic support, increasing care needs and end of life care. Co-authored by...

Positive Psychology: The Basics

Positive Psychology: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Rona Hart
July 13, 2020

This book provides an accessible and balanced introduction to positive psychology scholarship and its applications, incorporating an overview of the development of positive psychology. Positive Psychology: The Basics delineates positive psychology’s journey as a discipline, takes stock of its...

Midwifery: The Basics

Midwifery: The Basics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Helen Baston
May 20, 2020

Midwifery: The Basics provides an engaging and authentic insight into the midwife’s world. It explores the role of the midwife as a clinician and professional, showing how midwives can support women both to achieve a healthy full-term pregnancy and a smooth transition to motherhood. This book...

Philosophy of Mind: The Basics

Philosophy of Mind: The Basics

1st Edition

Amy Kind
March 09, 2020

Philosophy of Mind: The Basics is a concise and engaging introduction to the fundamental philosophical questions and theories about the mind. The author Amy Kind, a leading expert in the field, examines central issues concerning the nature of consciousness, thought, and emotion. The book addresses...

Christian Ethics: The Basics

Christian Ethics: The Basics

1st Edition

Robin Gill
February 27, 2020

Christian Ethics: The Basics sets out clearly and critically the different ways that Augustine, Aquinas and Luther continue to shape ethics today within and across Christian denominations. It assumes no previous knowledge of the subject and can be read by religious believers and non-believers alike...

Numerical Cognition

Numerical Cognition

1st Edition

Andre Knops
December 18, 2019

Numerical Cognition: The Basics provides an understanding of the neural and cognitive mechanisms that enable us to perceive, process, and memorize numerical information. Starting from basic numerical competencies that humans share with other species, the book explores the mental coding of numbers...

Psychology: The Basics

Psychology: The Basics

1st Edition

Rolf Reber
November 26, 2019

This compact introduction is the ideal primer for anyone looking for an accessible overview of the basic principles of psychology, the fascinating science of mind and behavior. In everyday life we often ask why people act the way that they do, especially when we encounter or hear about puzzling...

Poverty

Poverty

1st Edition

Bent Greve
October 29, 2019

Poverty has dire consequences on the ability to fulfil one’s aspirations for life. Poverty has strong implications for social cohesion and societies’ abilities to function in harmonious ways. This book presents the readers with the core concepts, latest development and knowledge about policies that...

Media Studies: The Basics

Media Studies: The Basics

2nd Edition

Julian McDougall, Claire Pollard
October 23, 2019

Fully updated and revised, the second edition of Media Studies: The Basics is the ideal guide to the changing landscape of media and Media Studies. There have been seismic shifts in what constitutes (the) media in recent years with technological advances ushering in whole new categories of...

Personality Psychology: The Basics

Personality Psychology: The Basics

1st Edition

Stanley Gaines Jr.
October 23, 2019

Personality Psychology: The Basics provides a jargon-free and accessible overview of the discipline, focusing on why not all individuals think, feel, speak, or act the same way in the same situation. The book offers a brief history of the area, covering a range of perspectives on personality...

Queer Theologies: The Basics

Queer Theologies: The Basics

1st Edition

Chris Greenough
October 09, 2019

Queer Theologies: The Basics is a concise and illuminating introduction to the study of this controversial and discursive subject area. This book provides an accessible exploration into the major themes within queer studies, queer theologies, and themes of gender and sexuality in Christianity....

Town Planning: The Basics

Town Planning: The Basics

1st Edition

Tony Hall
September 25, 2019

The planning of urban and rural areas requires thinking about where people will live, work, play, study, shop and how they will get about the place, and to devise strategies for long time periods. Town Planning: The Basics provides a general introduction to the components of urban areas, including...

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