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Correlates of Desistance
There is no question that life in America has changed drastically in the past fifty years. Given the importance of examining historical change inherent in the life course perspective, it is important to determine how changes in the social structure over time impact individuals. Therefore, the goals of this data analysis exercise are to examine changes in marriage and employment over the last fifty years. The purposes are to identify the changes that have taken place, and to hypothesize how these changes may affect the process of desistance from crime today.

Occupational Sex Segregation
Occupational sex segregation will be studied by focusing on traditionally gender-oriented occupations and analyzing which have an increasing proportion of males or females, and which are still mainly gender-specific jobs. These analyses will be done by age group to study trends at different stages of people's careers.

Gender, Education, Family, Poverty, and Race
Urban underclass indicators such as teen pregnancy rates, and joblessness over the last three decades will be compared by race and location (cities versus suburbs) in an effort to explore the determinants of poverty using actual census data.

How Good Was Your School District?
Students will empirically examine the issues underlying school performance using data that captures some of their own experiences.

Trends in Marriage Behavior
Students will explore trends in marriage from 1950-2000. The purpose of this assignment is to give some familiarity with how sociologists use datasets to both describe and analyze the social world.

Exploring Education Attainment of U.S. Native-born and Foreign-born
This module explores the effects of nativity, race, and ethnicity on educational attainment in the U.S.

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.

American Indian Population in South Dakota
The American Indian population in the U.S., S.D., and many other states has shown significant growth in recent decades. It is also a comparatively young population. In this module, you will look at these growth patterns, compare the size and age distribution of the American Indian population in the U.S., S.D., & several reservation counties (& your home state/county if you choose).

CensusScope Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is to familiarize students with interpreting charts and graphs by using a credible source, the US Census.

Identifying Independent and Dependent Variables
Students will identify independent and dependent variables for a series of hypotheses.


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