Sociology | Sociological Research Practicum I
S566 | 10922 | McManus

S566-Sociological Research Practicum / S660 Immigration and Ethnic
Immigration accounts for one-third of the growth in the U.S.
population, and the transformation of the population has renewed
long-standing debates over immigration in the United States. Are
these changes contributing to new and deeper social cleavages? The
answer to this question depends in part on how non-immigrants
respond to the new visible minorities, and in part on the social,
economic and political integration of the minority groups
This course uses issues of immigration as the focal point for a more
general investigation of the ways in which social context shapes
individual, family and societal outcomes. A primary goal of the
course is to prepare students for original research projects that
explicitly incorporate concepts of social context via theory,
measures and methods. As part of this preparation, students will
become familiar with a number of secondary data sources for
contextual variables as well as surveys of immigrant populations,
surveys tapping attitudes toward immigrants, and other national and
international surveys of individuals and households. Student
research is expected to build on ideas introduced through the study
of immigrants and immigration, but topics are not limited to any
specific area of social science inquiry.
Students enrolled in the Sociological Research Practicum will also
participate in a primary data collection project. This project,
which will be fielded during the summer 2008, will survey the native-
born population of several US cities with a large immigrant
population in order to tap social contact and social distance
between the native-born and immigrant populations in these cities.