data countsExploring Society By The Numbers


Susanne Morgan, Ithaca College

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.

Joan Morris, University of Central Florida

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.

Susanne Morgan, Ithaca College

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?"

Jay Teachman, Western Washington University

The purpose of this exercise is to examine variations in household structure in the United States according to race and historical period.

James A. Vela-McConnell, Augsburg College

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.

Jim Wright, University of Central Florida

In addition to the raw data files that you analyzed in Module One, the US Census makes a great deal of information about cities (and everything else) available through its various publications. Our learning objective in Module Two is to familiarize students with these data resources and their contents by retrieving information on various Florida cities and metropolitan areas.

James Chriss, Cleveland State University

Students will use data from the General Social Survey to explore factors which affect attitudes towards the death penalty.

Diane Kayongo-Male, South Dakota State University

In this assignment you will use U.S. census data to get an overview of housing patterns (ownership and types of housing) and living arrangements as a way of understanding more about one example of what Weber referred to as life chances (or, basically, the ability to access to resources we need to live a good life).

Jeffrey Lashbrook, SUNY- Brockport

This exercise will explore the impact of gender on the earnings of full-time workers in general and within a specific occupation.

Steven Lilley, North Carolina State University

In this module, students will explore the dissimilarity index in American cities.

Elizabeth Jordan, Kalamazoo College

The focus of this module will be to dispel some misconceptions about teenage motherhood and to introduce students to CHIP.

Robert T. Hall, West Virginia State College

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.

Willie Melton, Michigan Technological University

Jim Craig, University of Missouri-St. Louis

This at home exercise is designed to introduce students to the veteran data available in ACS to help them find demographic context to the national conversations around the veteran community.

Jennifer Roebuck Bulanda, Miami University, Department of Sociology & Gerontology

Census data and data from the American Community Survey are used to examine older adults' employment patterns over four decades, the percentage of older adults who have no health problems limiting their ability to work, and trends in employment status for both younger and older adults. Students must prepare a written report interpreting and integrating their results, and then apply the quantitative information by making recommendations to a business and a non-profit agency.

Andy Sharma, PhD MS MA
Northwestern University

In this exercise, students will first read an article on
low food access and mortality from COVID-19 in the Midwest area of the United
States (U.S.). Next, students will explore how the American Community Survey
(ACS) trend data from 2016 can be used to examine the changing population
structure of older adults by age and gender. After viewing national trends,
students will visit the Census Reporter website to better understand the
population structure by age for various counties or cities in the Midwest.

Robert, Presbyterian College

This exercises examines housing patterns using data from the 2000 U.S. Census considering how stage of life course and race/ethnicity influence these patterns. Students are expected to discuss the implications of their findings.

Charles Combs, Sinclair Community College

Students will be introduced to data retrival by becoming familiar with CensusScope data.

Charles Combs, Sinclair Community College

This module will introduce students to demographic and statistical language and terms and encourage critical thinking and extrapolation skills.

Jeffrey Leiter,, North Carolina State University

In this module, students will explore the numerous factors contributing to earnings differences, including education and race.

Wendy D. Manning, Bowling Green State University

Students will gain an understanding of the change in fertility patterns in the U.S. through an examination of the change of marital status among females, childbearing trends, and how such variables are affected by race/ethnicity.

Tracy Dietz, University of Central Florida

This exercise asses students' knowledge about attitudes towards premarital sex.