COURSES DEVELOPED AND TAUGHT
- Social Problems: SOCIOL 103 (Spring 2014)
OBJECTIVES: This course explores various domestic and global issues that are considered by many to be social problems, and encourages us all to reconsider the process by which each issue becomes defined as a social problem. It is important that students gain an understanding of the sociological theories surrounding each social issue, but I am more interested in my students learning how to critically analyze social problems. In this class, students will not only learn sociological theories and current debates on major social issues, they will also gain a working knowledge of sociological research. In order to facilitate effective learning, students will have the opportunity to study social problems by reviewing both relevant and questionable media, as well as peer-reviewed empirical literature. Sample syllabi can be viewed here.
- Elementary Statistics: SOCIOL 212 (Fall 2013)
OBJECTIVES: This course provides a general overview of the statistical methods commonly used in social science research. While statistics use numbers, numbers are not the primary focus of social statistics. It is important that students gain an understanding of the mathematical theories behind each statistical analysis, but I am more interested in my students learning how to solve problems and discover new knowledge through the use of inductive reasoning involving numbers. In this class, students will not only learn useful descriptive statistics and the application of inferential statistics, students will also gain a working knowledge of statistical software that performs these analyses. As such this course fulfills the General Education, Analytical Reasoning (R2) requirement by increasing the student’s sophistication as a consumer of numerical information and providing computer literacy. In order to facilitate effective learning, the course is comprised of lectures, computer labs, in-class exercises, and take-home assignments. Sample syllabi can be viewed here.
- Introduction to Sociology and Social Psychology: SOCIOL 105 (Fall 2009, Spring 2010 – University of Massachusetts Amherst)
- Graduate Statistics II: SOCIOL 712 (Spring 2012- University of Massachusetts Amherst)
- Elementary Social Statistics: SOC 310 (Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008 – Boise State University)
MATERIAL DEVELOPED FOR OTHERS
- Demography: The Study of Human Population, Fourth Edition
Assisted Jennifer Hickes Lundquist, Douglas L. Anderton, and David Yaukey by updating data and the manuscripts, contributing figures and tables, and producing the instructor manual. Figures and tables are publicly available for educational use via companion website.