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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.

Poverty in the United States
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.

Using Existing Statistics to Test Social Disorganization Theory
This module is used in an online Criminology Course. The students have read their textbook discussing social disorganization theory and in this data analysis exercise will have the opportunity to test this theory with data obtained from the Census Bureau.

Race and Poverty in the United States
In this module, students will take a look at race and poverty in the United States in an attempt to determine the relationship between the two. Variables such as age and household type will be taken into consideration.

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.

Fertility and Family Planning
Students will gain an understanding of the change in fertility patterns in the U.S. through an examination of the change of marital status among females, childbearing trends, and how such variables are affected by race/ethnicity. Women's earnings, their poverty rates, and their number of children will also be studied. Data from Ohio will be compared to national data.

The Explosion of Teenage Motherhood: Myth or Reality
The focus of this module will be to dispel some misconceptions about teenage motherhood and to introduce students to CHIP. Data from 1950 to 1990 will be examined by age, race/ethnicity, education, and poverty level.

U.S. Housing Patterns, Living Arrangements, and Life Chances
In this assignment you will use U.S. census data to get an overview of housing patterns (ownership and types of housing) and living arrangements as a way of understanding more about one example of what Weber referred to as life chances (or, basically, the ability to access to resources we need to live a good life).

Current and Historic Patterns in the Distribution of Income
We've argued that societal stratification is "both a condition and a process" (Kerckhoff, 2000). The former captures what the distribution of valued resources (e.g., money, education) among other things look like in a society. The question, most simply, is 'who gets what'?


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