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Sociology 14 lecture launchers
  1. Is the American Dream Dying? Or Just Changing?
    15 minutes
    Beginner
    This module examines the changing relationship between higher educational attainment & poverty rates in the Industrial Midwest.
  2. Linguistic Diversity in the United States
    15 minutes
    Intermediate
    This module examines the complex history of language in the U.S.
  3. Religious Diversity in the United States
    15 minutes
    Intermediate
    This module examines how religion has shaped American life & society.
Business 13 lecture launchers
  1. Aging of the Workforce
    10 minutes
    Beginner
    This module explores the benefits and challenges involved in the aging of the American workforce.
  2. Human Resource Management and the Coronavirus Pandemic
    10 minutes
    Beginner
    This module explores how Human Resource Management departments can help organizations thrive during crisis management.
  3. Demographics and Organizational Culture
    10 minutes
    Beginner
    This module explores demographic factors and their influence on organizational culture and policies.
Criminal Justice 10 lecture launchers
  1. Comparing Crime Rate and Arrest Rates
    10 minutes
    Beginner
    Comparing crime rate data is difficult and crime reporting practices must be understood before drawing conclusions using data.
  2. Property vs. Violent Crime
    10 minutes
    Beginner
    This module examines how there is a great deal of public misconception concerning crime, especially violent crime.
  3. Visualizing Trends in Arrests
    10 minutes
    Beginner
    This module addresses the prevalence of crime, how active law enforcement is, who is more likely to be arrested, and much more.
Urban Geography 10 lecture launchers
  1. The Changing U.S. Urban System in the 20th Century
    10 minutes
    Beginner
    This module demonstrates three central trends in urban change in the U.S.: the growth of the sunbelt, suburbanization, and increasing centralization in metropolitan statistical areas.
  2. Diversity and U.S. Cities
    15 minutes
    Intermediate
    This module uses immigration and demographic data to demonstrate how international and domestic migration have shaped cities in the U.S.
  3. Highway Development and Inner-City Blight
    10 minutes
    Intermediate
    This module uses housing vacancies and demographic and employment data from 1950-1980 to demonstrate the impact that inner-city highway construction on neighborhoods.
Nonprofit Management 10 lecture launchers
  1. Civil Society in the United States
    20 minutes
    Beginner
    Using data to identify social problems that nonprofits can solve.
  2. Employers and Employees in the Nonprofit Sector
    10 minutes
    Beginner
    Exploring employment demographics in the healthcare and social assistance sector.
  3. Black Lives Matter: The Nonprofit Organization versus the Movement
    15 minutes
    Intermediate
    This module explores the unprecedented Black Lives Matter protests that occurred in late May and early June 2020.
Education 10 lecture launchers
  1. Health and Education
    10 minutes
    Intermediate
    This module employs ACS data to demonstrate the connection between education and better opportunities for health and health insurance coverage.
  2. The Impact of Natural Disasters on Education
    10 minutes
    Intermediate
    This module uses census data from 1970 to 2010 to examine the impact of natural disasters on education.
  3. Intellectually Disabled Individuals and Opportunities for Higher Education
    10 minutes
    Intermediate
    This module uses ACS 2017 data along with school and college data to create awareness regarding the resources and opportunities that can help individuals with disabilities to pursue post-secondary education.
American Government 6 lecture launchers
  1. Gerrymandering
    10 minutes
    Beginner
    This activity looks at congressional districts and the controversies that arise when they are drawn around communities of color.
  2. Diversity in America
    10 minutes
    Beginner
    How will growing diversity change U.S. public policy?
  3. American Generations and their Impact on Policy
    10 minutes
    Beginner
    How will growing diversity change U.S. public policy?
Research Methods 5 lecture launchers
  1. Exploring the Correlation between Class and Race
    10 minutes
    Intermediate
    This module explores the most common research questions in the social sciences concerning the relationship between race and class and its impact.
  2. Exploring Health Conditions in the United States
    10 minutes
    Intermediate
    This module will show users how to explore changes in various health conditions over the years as a means of answering related research questions.
  3. Downloading Census Data for Analysis
    10 minutes
    Intermediate
    This module demonstrates how Social Explorer can be used to download clean and organized datasets for further analysis.
U.S. History 4 lecture launchers
  1. Mapping Slavery’s Southern and Westward Expansion, 1790-1860
    10 minutes
    Intermediate
    This module employs census data to explore the relative size and geographic distribution of the enslaved and free black populations, ca. 1790-1860.
  2. Mapping Education and Literacy in the American South
    10 minutes
    Intermediate
    This module employs census data to explore regional patterns in education & literacy from 1850-2010.
  3. Mapping Sharecropping, Tenancy, and White/Black Farm Ownership in the New South, ca. 1880-1900
    10 minutes
    Intermediate
    This module explores the rise of cotton production in the post-emancipation South, ca. 1880 and more.
Social Problems 3 lecture launchers
  1. Work & Unemployment
    10 minutes
    Intermediate
    This module employs U.S. census data to explore rates of labor force participation.
  2. Crime and Social Control
    10 minutes
    Intermediate
    This module employs FBI crime data to explore hate crimes in general and by race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and gender.
  3. Physical and Mental Health
    10 minutes
    Intermediate
    This module employs U.S. census data to explore rates of obesity and its contributing factors.
Social Justice 1 lecture launcher
  1. Poverty and Exposure to Environmental Hazards
    20 minutes
    Advanced
    This module uses census data to explore the intersection of poverty, race and ethnicity, and environmental hazards.
Social Work 1 lecture launcher
  1. Building Community and a Better Future in Minneapolis
    10 minutes
    Intermediate
    This module employs census data to examine changes over time in neighborhood indicators in Phillips, MN.