The Social Structures of Cities

Author(s)
Jim Wright, University of Central Florida
Learning Goals

Skill _x000D_
After using this module, students will gain skills in:_x000D_
Using software to access and analyze census data Identifying independent and dependent variables_x000D_
Quantitative writing Learning how to construct, read, and interpret bivariate tables displaying frequencies and percentages_x000D_
Identifying population trends over time_x000D_
Using real world data to enhance and support key course concepts_x000D_
Substance _x000D_
Our objectives in this first data exercise are:_x000D_
To discover how the present-day US population is distributed across these various census categories;_x000D_
To discover how the distribution has changed over time; and_x000D_
To see how some of the social characteristics of people who live in cities, suburbs and non-metro areas differ

Context for Use

This exercise for an Urban Sociology course provides a look at population data in the United States and how geographic demographics have changed over time.

Description and Teaching Materials

Please see File Attachment(s).

Assessment

http://www.ssdan.net/datacounts/modules_assessment.html

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.
Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses a two customized datasets, one made from the 1990 Census and one made from combining census information from 1980-1990 guides. The exercise 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!

References and Resources

http://www.census.gov/prod/2002pubs/01statab/stat-ab01.html _x000D_
The County and City Data Book, updated every five years, provides detailed information on states, counties, and cities sized 25,000 and up. Its Web address is: http://www.census.gov/prod/www/ccdb.html_x000D_
Finally, the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book, updated periodically, provides detailed information on states, metropolitan areas, counties comprising the metro areas, and central cities within the metro areas. It lives at: http://www.census.gov/statab/www/smadb.html _x000D_
Original Archive Module: http://www.ssdan.net/datacounts/modules/index/wright_struccities_index.shtml