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GSS based data analysis
Nader Saiedi, Dept. Soc/Anth, Carleton college
Students will write and present a paper which consists of a review of literature and an empirical/statistical test of the relation between specific variables in the field of social stratification.

The Logic of Congressional Elections
Richard Keiser, Carleton College
A variety of quantitative approaches to Congressional elections in which students learn the causes of electoral outcomes, the predictability of those outcomes, and intervening variables that produce unexpected outcomes.

Assessing the Measurement and Validity of Ambiguous Concepts in Ethnic Conflict Datasets
Devashree Gupta
This assignment introduces students to commonly used datasets in ethnic conflict studies. It also encourages them to think critically about data quality and measurement challenges when using large datasets.

Interrogating the Colonial Census in India
This page authored by Parna Sengupta, Carleton College
This assignment, divided into two parts, asks students to consider the decennial census as both a tool of modern (colonial) governance and a source of historical data.

Building an Electoral Dataset and Testing Hypotheses with the Data
Alfred Montero
Undergraduate student project for building datasets and analyzing the electoral, party system, and mass behavioral characteristics for a set of countries.

Political Psychology - Public Political Attitudes Assignment
Greg Marfleet, Carleton College
Students were asked to compare their estimates of public opinion on several current issues to the actual values obtained through the analysis of National Surveys. The objective was to explore a common social attribution error and to acquire familiarity with data sources and on-line analysis tools.

The Death Penalty
James Chriss, Cleveland State University
Students will use data from the General Social Survey to explore factors which affect attitudes towards the death penalty.

Poverty in the United States
Joan Spade, SUNY- Brockport
In addition to a quantitative analysis that involves univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analysis, this module reinforces research terms introduced in Intro to Sociology (independent, dependent and control variables and includes the opportunity to discuss sample vs. population (in the comparison of national poverty data vs. the poverty rate in the sample) and value vs. variable (poverty as a value and a variable and the recoding of the values in the household data). The module also uses the Census website to define the concept "poverty threshold" and look at trends in poverty.

Examining Prosocial Behavior Quantitatively: An Activity for Introductory Psychology Students
Kenneth Abrams, Carleton College
For this psychology project, students in small groups will design and execute a study on helping behavior and then analyze and interpret the results.

Analyzing Data on American Political Divisions
Steven Schier
Students conducted data analysis about American political divisions and created two papers from this data analysis. Sutdents were assigned to group projects involving data analysis assigned chapters in MICROCASE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, a textbook that includes access to a variety of datasets.

Introducing Introductory Psychology Students to Quantitative Analysis
Neil Lutsky, Carleton College
An assignment that involves introductory psychology students in the analysis a data set on personality traits and their relationship to measures of happiness and well-being.

Race and Space
Lindsay Custer, Cascadia Community College
This assignment exposes students to racial inequalities in their own communities and helps them to identify the impact of racial segregation on quality of life. The big ideas in this assignment are racial inequality, residential segregation, and environmental justice.

The Role of Audience in Quantitative Writing
Julian Westerhout, Carleton College
This workshop entails the reading of a highly quantitative article, summarizing it for a different audience, and reflecting upon what choices and opportunities audience presents for quantitative writers.

Graphically Presenting Quantitative Relationships: Elements of Effective Posters
Julian Westerhout, Carleton College
This workshop involves students in evaluating the efficacy of posters as a communication tool, focusing on elements of clarity in poster and graphic design.

American Politics Group Data Projects
Steven Schier
SETUPS (Empirical Teaching Unites in Political Science) data, published by the American Political Science Association, will be employed in group data analysis projects in an American Government class. Students then use results from these reports in composing an essay question on the course's final exam.

Becoming a Psychology Scholar
Lynn Garrioch, Colby-Sawyer College
This assignment takes indtroductory psychology students step-by-step through the research process.

Shifting Attitudes on the Second Shift: A Statistical Analysis of Women and Work
Liz Raleigh
(How) have public attitudes about work and gender changed over the last 25 years? Using the General Social Survey (available online) students will conduct a descriptive statistical analysis of Americans perceptions about women and work from 1988. They will then contextualize their findings within the contemporary literature about these issues.


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