Exploring Society By The Numbers

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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.

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.

Race and Changing Household Structure
The textbook for this course discusses cross-cultural variations in household structure, as well as changes across time in household structure in the United States. The purpose of this exercise is to examine variations in household structure in the United States according to race and historical period.

Income Inequality In the United States
For this assignment we will explore the impact of gender and race on the earnings of full-time workers in 2000. The purpose of this assignment is to introduce you to some basic data analysis software (WebCHIP), to develop some familiarity with working with data from the Current Population Survey, and to apply what you have learned in the course to try to explain differences in earnings based on race and gender.

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.

Sociology of Healthcare
This assignment will provide students with the opportunity to look at the demographic characteristics of physicians and to explore how the income distribution of physicians compares to the general population.

The Social Structures of the Cities
Objectives of this first data exercise are: to discover how the present-day US population is distributed across these various census categories; to discover how the distribution has changed over time; and, to see how some of the social characteristics of people who live in cities, suburbs and non-metro areas.

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