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Examining the Association Between Schooling and Health
This module examines whether schooling affects health, drawing on the scientific method and the sociological imagination.

Does Gender Matter in My Intended Occupation?
This module focuses students attention on gender disparities in their intended occupation. By personalizing inequality in respect to one's own life course, students are challenged to reconsider the forces that give shape to inequality.

Does Race Matter in My Intended Occupation?
This module focuses students attention on racial disparities in their intended occupation. By personalizing inequality in respect to one's own life course, students are challenged to reconsider the forces that give shape to inequality.

Poverty Status in the United States among Non-Institutionalized Older Adults
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.

Analysis of Occupational Change Data, 1950-1990
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.

Productive Aging: Examining Trends in Health and Employment Status by Age
Census data and data from the American Community Survey are used to examine older adults' employment patterns over four decades, the percentage of older adults who have no health problems limiting their ability to work, and trends in employment status for both younger and older adults. Students must prepare a written report interpreting and integrating their results, and then apply the quantitative information by making recommendations to a business and a non-profit agency.

Understanding Housing Patterns in the United States
This exercises examines housing patterns using data from the 2000 U.S. Census considering how stage of life course and race/ethnicity influence these patterns. Students are expected to discuss the implications of their findings.

Teenage Pregnancy in the United States 1950-1990 : Analysis Using Census Data and Contingency Tables
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.

Poverty Status, Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Disability among the Elderly
This module introduces students to the relationships between age, race/ethnicity, gender, poverty, and disability. It also provides students with an opportunity to use census data to gather information about a target population.

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