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Putting Census Data to Work
This module introduces students to using census data through three distinct scenarios: grocery store chains, anti-poverty programs, and bookstores.

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

Women and Household Structure
While you do the exercises in this lesson, you will find data that look at some of these claims. In the next lesson, we will explore some of the demographic "causes" of the increase in the status of women-declines in both mortality and fertility and an increase in urbanization.

Marital Trends
The end of World War II created a dramatic increase in births. Known as the "Baby Boom", this trend continued into the early 1960's. During this period, five out of six women in peak childbearing years gave birth to at least two children. Americans were also marrying and staying married. As baby boomers have matured, they have not followed their parent's marriage and childbearing patterns.

Predictors of Family Structure
This exercise looks at race and family income as predictors of family structure. Students will test and evaluate hypotheses, learning how to work with control variables and bivariate tables.

Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in the U.S.
This activity provides a look at race, ethnicity and immigration in the United States from 1950-2000.

Race and Ethnic Inequality
This activity provides a look at race and ethnicity inequality in the United States over time.

Marriage and Divorce
This activity provides a look at marriage and divorce among different race/ethnicity, ages, education and income levels over time.

Poverty
This activity provides a look at poverty among different race/ethnic groups and family types over time.

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