The goal of these exercises is to introduce students to the analysis of political and social divisions in American society using the 2018 General Social Survey, a large national probability survey of adults in the U.S. The focus is on political, gender, socioeconomic, racial, religious, and geographical divisions. The first six exercises focus on two-variable analysis (i.e., bivariate analysis) and the last six on three-variable analysis (i.e., multivariate analysis). We use several statistical tools (i.e., crosstabulation, Chi Square, and measures of association). The statistical program we're using is Survey Documentation and Analysis (SDA) written at UC Berkeley and freely available wherever you have an internet connection. There is a brief introduction to SDA at the end of these exercises.
1. Students will have a better understanding of why individuals and groups behave differently.
2. Students will better understand why individuals have different attitudes and opinions.
3. Students will be able to accurately identify social structures that influence divisions between individuals and groups that make up that social structure.
4. Students will better understand the process of quantitative data analysis in social science research.
5. Students will better understand how social location influences division in the social structure.