Archive for February, 2018

For Wednesday, 2/28 (SOC 1103 MW)

February 28, 2018

Today we’ll be watching the documentary The Loving Story, as I announced on Monday. Professor Akhmed Elkhouly will be there in my stead. We’ll discuss the film, as well as the Moynihan Report, next Monday.

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For Friday, 3/2

February 23, 2018

Prep

  • HW Due: Annotated Bibliography
  • Read
    • Fink, Ch. 1 (‘Conducting a Survey’)
    • Fink, Ch. 2 (‘The Survey Form: Questions, Scale, and Appearance’)
    • Patten (2014), Topic 19 (‘Organizing Literature by Topics’)
    • Patten (2014), Topic 20 (‘Evaluating Research Literature’)
    • Patten (2014), Topic 21 (‘Considering the History of a Topic’)

In Class

  • LAB: Impact of Question Wording

For Next Class

  • HW Due: Reverse Replication Outline (Survey Research)

For Saturday, 2/24 (SOC 1103 CN)

February 22, 2018

Prep

  • Ground Rules for the Classroom
  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 1 (‘The Changing Family’). Typically the required texts aren’t issued to you until the first day, but please see if it’s possible to swing by the CN office and pick them up early; it’s never too early to get a start on the reading!
  • Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (1812). We will be reading this novel throughout the semester, so best to start now. Try to keep to a steady pace so that you don’t get behind (but it’s okay to get swept up in the story and finish it all off in one weekend).

In Class

  • Introductions
  • Review for the Final
  • How to Read (Closely)

For Next Time

For Monday, 2/26 (SOC 1103 MW)

February 22, 2018

Prep

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 4 (‘Racial and Ethnic Families’), esp. Sections 4.2 (‘Race and Ethnicity Still Matter’, 4.3 (‘African American Families’), and 4.8 (‘Interracial and Interethnic Relationships and Marriages’. (Note: How have I changed the titles of the textbook subheadings, and why would I do this?)

In Class

  • Opening Question: How was the structure of the African-American family affected by the legacy of slavery? We closed our last class with this question; no one wanted to venture an answer. Now that you’ve had a chance to consider it, I’m going to call on you all at random to see what you think (hint: this is discussed in Ch. 3 of our textbook when it covers the history of African-American families, and also in Section 4.3…).

For Next Class

  • Heads up: there is a possibility I will be a few minutes late to Wednesday’s class. I’ll update you all around noon that day if it looks like I’ll be getting there late.
  • Film: The Loving Story (2011)
  • Daniel Patrick Moynihan, The Negro Family (1965). We won’t discuss the Moynihan Report until next week; but it’s a good idea to start reading it now since it’s a little long.

For Wednesday, 2/21 (SOC 1103 MW)

February 20, 2018

Today we backtracked to cover some previously undiscussed topics from Chapter 2 (‘Studying the Family’) in our textbook; thus, tomorrow we’ll discuss the chapter I’d hoped to cover today.

A few of you expressed some confusion about the lesson plan, so I’ll try to signpost our agenda a little bit more explicitly at the start of class (although note that I usually begin with an ‘Overview’ slide designed to do just that, so if you have questions about that or don’t understand why I’m showing you a particular slide, please s do peak up).

In general, as I’ve said before, we won’t stick to a simple regurgitation of what’s in the textbook; rather, we’ll focus on a few topics at a time (see the notes below in the Prep section). Look, the overview at the start of the class is just supposed to be a general outline, so we will occasionally veer off course.

Some objections have also been expressed as to the time we spend on more general skills such as close reading; trust me, I’ll lay off that material if I get the sense that everyone is able to read and interpret texts at an advanced level … however, I have yet to encounter a roomful of people (undergraduate or otherwise) where that was uniformly the case. We’ll be reading some challenging stuff later on and I want to make sure that you have some tools to deal with it.

Prep

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 3 (‘The Family in Historical Perspective’)
    • Focus on Section 3.1 (‘The Colonial Family’), the subsection of 3.2 that discusses African-American families, as well as Sections 3.3 (‘Industrialization, Urbanization, and European Immigration: 1820-1930’) and 3.5 (‘The Golden Fifties’)

In Class

  • TBA

For Next Class

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 4 (‘Racial and Ethnic Families’)

For Friday, 2/23 (SOC 303)

February 20, 2018

As I stated in class, we’ll go light on the HW this week in order to give people a chance to get caught up.

Prep

  • HW Due: Exercises from Patten (2014), Topic 4
  • Patten (2014), Topics 1-4

In Class

  • LAB: Model Proposal Presentations (Groups 7 and 8 — am I forgetting anyone?)
  • LAB: Manifest Content Analysis

For Next Time

  • TBA

 

For Tuesday, 2/20 (SOC 1103 MW)

February 14, 2018

FYI here are the two pieces I mentioned in class:

Prep

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 3 (‘The Family in Historical Perspective’)
    • Focus on Section 3.1 (‘The Colonial Family’), the subsection of 3.2 that discusses African-American families, as well as Sections 3.3 (‘Industrialization, Urbanization, and European Immigration: 1820-1930’) and 3.5 (‘The Golden Fifties’)

In Class

  • TBA

For Next Class

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 4 (‘Racial and Ethnic Families’)

For Friday, 2/16 (AMSR)

February 9, 2018

Bria saved us all from a real logistical headache/fiasco in Week 2. Please get your books ASAP! No more excuses about the cost: as Melody demonstrated, there are cost-effective ways to get your materials. If you’re really short of options, please let me know and we can figure something out.

Prep

In Class

  • Model Proposals Presentations. We’ve had presentations from Groups 4, 9, and 2 (in that order). This week we’ll hear from Groups 8, 6, 7, 1, and 5. Those who weren’t here this week will have a chance to present on Proposal #3. (We’ll see how many we can squeeze in during the first hour; after that, we really should allow enough time for the main lab this week. The remaining groups will have to finish up next week.)
  • LAB: Latent Content Analysis

For Next Class

  • Mixed Methods Article Critique [tentative]

For Valentine’s Day (SOC 1103 MW)

February 8, 2018

Prep

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 2 (‘Studying the Family’)

In Class

  • TBA

For Next Class

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 3 (‘The Family in Historical Perspective’)
    • Focus on Section 3.1 (‘The Colonial Family’), the subsection of 3.2 that discusses African-American families, as well as Sections 3.3 (‘Industrialization, Urbanization, and European Immigration: 1820-1930’) and 3.5 (‘The Golden Fifties’)

For Friday, 2/9 (SOC 303)

February 6, 2018

I was a bit remiss in terms of fixing the problematic link to last week’s lab as well as sending you the link for this week’s homework, so I will not penalise late submissions. One thing I frown on, however, is people coming in late to class or missing class because they’re trying to finish assignments.

Prep

  • HW Due: Zip Code Essay
  • Patten (2014), Topic 1 (‘What Is Empirical Research?’)
  • Read and come prepared to do a very brief presentation on your chosen proposal from Patten
 (2014). The link to the relevant group area in Blackboard is attached to the announcement.

In Class

  • Lab: Sample Proposal Presentations. Organise your presentation around your answers to the following prompts (general advice on giving presentations can be found here):
    • Which proposal did you review?
    • What is the main research question?
    • What is the proposed method of data collection?
      • It might help to think about this prompt in terms of the questions discussed in Patten:
        • What is to be observed?
        • Who is to be observed?
        • How will they be observed?
        • When will they be observed?
        • How are the data to be analysed and interpreted?
    • Should this proposal be funded? Why or why not?

For Next Time

  • HW: Reverse Replication Outline (Content Analysis)