Exploring Society By The Numbers

Understanding the Scope of Inequality

Fareeda McClinton Griffith
Denison University
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The purpose of this module is to familiarize students in an Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology course to social science data. Students will explore inequality in the United States by examining census data.

Learning Goals

- Create bivariate tables and bar charts
- Interpret/ Summarize bivariate tables and bar charts
- Familiarization with the United States census
- Demonstration of the significance of race and ethnicity in the United States
- You are a local government official interested in understand the current social and economic disparities in your state.
- The goal is to obtain data from the United States census and report your findings to your constituents.

Context for Use

The module is feasible in a lecture setting for undergraduates of any class size.

Description and Teaching Materials

Student Handout for Understanding the Scope of Inequality (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 18kB Aug13 10)

Teaching Notes and Tips

This module uses the 2000 Census. 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 exploring data. For more information on how to use WebCHIP, see the How To section on DataCounts!


Please see: Assessment Instrument (http://ssdan.net/datacounts/workshops/ASA2010/Assessment-QL%20confidence.docx)(Currently Unavailable)
The instructor should ask students to answer the following question prior and post the assignments.
1. Do you understand a table for a single variable with counts and percentages?
2. Can you correctly interpret a table of two or more variables with counts and percentages?
3. Can you identify the independent and dependent variable in a relationship?

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