Exploring Society By The Numbers

Using Existing Statistics to Test Social Disorganization Theory

Jana Jasinski, University of Central Florida

Summary

This module is used in an online Criminology Course. The students have read their textbook discussing social disorganization theory and in this data analysis exercise will have the opportunity to test this theory with data obtained from the Census Bureau.

Learning Goals

Skill
  • To be able to read and understand the information presented in tabular format.
  • Using software to access and analyze census data
  • Identifying independent and dependent variables
  • Forming testable hypotheses using quantitative data
  • Learning how to construct, read, and interpret bivariate tables displaying frequencies and percentages
  • Using real world data to enhance and support key course concepts
Substance
  • To be able to assemble data from multiple tables and use to make a conclusion about the level of support for social disorganization theory.

Context for Use

This activity is used in a Sociology of Violence class for undergraduate students. This activity uses Census data to look at the correlation between marriage, crime and welfare services.

Description and Teaching Materials

Exercises: PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 80kB Mar24 09)
Exercises: DOC (Microsoft Word 51kB Mar24 09)

Teaching Notes and Tips

This module is used in an online Criminology Course. The students have read their textbook discussing social disorganization theory and in this data analysis exercise will have the opportunity to test this theory with data obtained from the Census Bureau. This activity uses Statistical Abstracts from the Census Data website.

Assessment

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References and Resources

Emile Durkheim. The Division of Labor.

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