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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.

Seismicity and Relative Risk
Anne Egger, Central Washington University
This activity introduces students to using real-time data about earthquakes to make decisions. -

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.

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.

Electrical Analysis of Wind Power
Lina Jiang and Philip Peterson
For this experiment, students use a DC motor as a generator and various shaped turbine designs to test which design produces the most electrical power. Using a fan to generate the "wind", students attach ...

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.

Fathoms, Ship Logs, and the Atlantic Ocean
Jerrie Reining
An inquiry based lesson plan where students use data from ship logs to graph a profile of the Atlantic Ocean. They will rely on prior knowledge of seafloor topography, instructions on how to read a bathymetric ...

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.

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.

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.

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.


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