Sociology | Charts, Graphs & Tables
S110 | 3606 | Robinson


S110 Charts, Graphs & Tables  Robinson  9:30-10:45 MW  3606
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This course will introduce students to the central concepts,
methods, and perspectives of  sociology by developing their
skills as consumers and producers of charts, graphs, and tables.
These data displays are used to illustrate the contemporary
reality and social trends in crime, divorce, the economy, etc.;
to assess political programs; and to test social science
theories. Students will learn how to find information on the
World Wide Web and in government documents; how to read,
interpret and evaluate the accuracy of graphical information, and
how to present social trends and comparisons in interesting and
visual formats. Students will also learn to use a simple software
program, StudentChip, to analyze data from the 1950 to 1990 U.S.
Censuses in order to investigate (and graphically present) how
our society has changed in the last forty years.

We'll be reading the following books (among others):

William H. Frey with Cheryl L. First, Investigating Change in
American Society: Exploring Social Trends with U.S. Census Data
and StudentChip. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1997.

Frank Furstenberg and Andrew Cherlin, Divided Families: What
Happens to Children When Parents Part. Cambridge, MA: Harvard
University Press, 1994. A

Edward R. Tufte, Visual and Statistical Thinking: Displays of
Evidence for Making Decisions. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press,
1997.