Exploring Society By The Numbers

Social Inequality: Computer Exercise

Raymond D'Angelo, St. Joseph's College

Summary

Current and projected data will be used to examine cohort differences among members of various race/ethnic groups as they grow older in order to identify possible political and policy implications for the future. Data from various states and metropolitan cities will be compared.

Learning Goals

Skill
  • Using software to access and analyze census data
  • Quantitative writing
  • Using real world data to enhance and support key course concepts
Substance
  • Use Census data and different data sets to write about social inequality.

Context for Use

This activity is used in an Introduction to Sociology class for undergraduate students. This activity looks at inequality in the United States.

Description and Teaching Materials

Exercises: PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 70kB Mar24 09)
Exercises: DOC (Microsoft Word 36kB Mar24 09)

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses nine customized datasets on the DataCounts! website to aid students in writing about inequality using data. It guides students through data manipulation using WebCHIP software found at DataCounts!. To open WebCHIP with the dataset for the activity, please see instructions and links in the exercise documents under teaching materials. For more information on how to use WebCHIP, see the How To section on DataCounts!

Assessment

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References and Resources

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