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Understanding the Scope of Inequality
Fareeda Griffith
The purpose of this module is to familiarize students in an Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology course to social science data. Students will explore inequality in the United States by examining census data.

Teenage Pregnancy in the United States 1950-1990 : Analysis Using Census Data and Contingency Tables
Barbara Johnson
This social science lab exercise uses Census data to examine teenage pregnancy in the United States over time and by socio-demographic variables. Students will learn how to access and interpre data as well as begin to think sociologically about teen pregnancy patterns and risk factors.

Analysis of Occupational Change Data, 1950-1990
Jim Jones, Mississippi State University
In this three-part module, students develop a practical understanding of the sociological imagination through data analysis. Students will investigate how social events between 1950 and 1990 led to changes in occupation.

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 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.

Principles of Sociology
Theresa Ciabattari, Wake Forest University
We have spent the last few weeks discussing race, class, and gender inequalities and how sociologists conceptualize these inequalities on the structural, rather than the individual, level. In this second research report, you will have the opportunity to apply this structural perspective. You will use U.S. Census data from 1950 to 1990 to analyze shifts in occupational structures in your home state and how these shifts vary by race, sex, or education.

Using Census Data to Explore Race and Ethnicity
Sandra Apgar, Sinclair Community College
Students will interpret CensusScope data regarding segregation exposure and the dissimilarity index from a sociological perspective.

AIDS in Sub-Sahara Africa: A Detailed Examination of Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa and Uganda
Kathy Rowell, Sinclair Community College
This module is intended to introduce students to one of the greatest social problems to face this planet, the global epidemic of HIV/AIDS and to increase their computer and research skills within sociology.

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.

Poverty and Young Adults
Joan Morris, University of Central Florida
This exercise focuses on the effects of various social characteristics on poverty. It is based on the sociological assumption that patterns exist in relation to poverty in society.

Florida Cities and Metro Areas
Jim Wright, University of Central Florida
In addition to the raw data files that you analyzed in Module One, the US Census makes a great deal of information about cities (and everything else) available through its various publications. Our learning objective in Module Two is to familiarize students with these data resources and their contents by retrieving information on various Florida cities and metropolitan areas.

Exploring Personal Footprints
Bev Farb, Everett Community College
Students apply the main research methods in sociology to explore their personal footprints (i.e., the global consequences of their individual actions).

Visualizing Social Justice in South Seattle: Data Analysis, Race, and The Duwamish River Basin
Eunice Blavascunas, University of Washington
We examine the factors of race and environmental contamination, starting from the premise (and data proving) that race is not a biological, scientifically valid category, but a social, historical construction with real world consequences for equal access to health, resources, and power.

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.

Poverty Status in the United States among Non-Institutionalized Older Adults
Tariqah Nuriddin
The Data Counts website is intended to engage students in data analysis and quantitative reasoning early on in their respective academic careers. As such,it is a valuable resource for students and instructors alike.

Shift in life expectancy
Holly Partridge
Determining the shift in expected life span over a century and the social and environmental impact

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.

Using Census Data to Identify a Town's Housing Needs: A Student/Faculty Collaborative Research and Service Learning Experience
Elizabeth Perry-Sizemore, Randolph College
In this classroom project, students and faculty help a local housing non-profit identify area U.S. Census tracts most in need of its assistance in promoting decent and affordable homeownership to low- to moderate- income individuals. While this example describes an experience in a small, upper-level elective economics course, it includes suggestions for modifications of design and learning goals for other learning levels and environments.

Who Gets Help: A Field Experiment?
shelia kennison, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Students carry out a field experiment in order to test the hypothesis that able bodied individuals receive less help than those perceived to have an injury. Students collect and analyze data and write an APA style research report.


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