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Disability: Equality/Inequality
This module examines the disability community and inequality. Students will attempt to determine which is the best indicator of disability and will form a composite to describe the disability community.

Bivariate Tables
Students will practice interpreting bivariate tables by examining the relationship between credit hours and study hours, gender and video games, and type of school and language offerings.

How do socioeconomic outcomes of immigrants vary according to location and race in the New York City Metropolitan Area?
In this moduel, students will explore urban residential choice across different populations in New York.

Spatial Variation in immigrant and minority incorporation: Are there advantages to being a racial or ethnic minority in a low or moderate immigration state?
In this module, students will explore trends in education and occupational attainment among minority groups.

The Value of an Education
This module will focus on the value of an education. Students will be asked the following questions: "Does equal education guarantee equal earnings? If not, why? Besides education, what else affects one's earnings?" In a search for an answer to these question, students will consider such factors as race, gender, and age in terms of the role they play in the determination of earnings.

Poverty and Young Adults
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.

Census Data and Luxury Lane
For this assignment, students will pretend to be a social researcher hired by the developers of Luxury Lane, a high end shopping plaza featuring gourmet cuisine, custom furniture, designer clothing, and expensive artwork. They will determine (1) if they should consider placing their shopping area in Ohio or another state, and (2) if they choose Ohio, whether they should choose Cleveland or another city.

Exploring Appalachian Poverty in Ohio
As students investigate Appalachian poverty and its social policy implications, they will explore the difference between correlation and causation, learn about poverty indicators, and practice creating and interpreting graphs.

Data Analysis of Socio-Economic Status
The purpose of this assignment is to apply what you have learned in this course regarding the consequences of marginalization to an analysis of actual Census data for the United States in the year 2000. For this assignment, we will explore the impact of racial affiliation and sex on social class, as represented by socio-economic status (SES): level of education, occupation and income.

Quantitative Data Analysis
Students will analyze quantitative data and interpret the results, learning about the relevance of education and family type to earnings, how it has changed over time and the relevance of race in understanding these relationships.


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