TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

(2017 Fall) SOCI 420 – Advanced Methods of Social Research

Syllabus

– Course information

Meeting location: Academic Building 308, campus map

Meeting times:
Section 903, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:35–10:50am
Section 904, Tuesday and Thursday, 2:20–3:35pm

– Instructor information

Ernesto F. L. Amaral
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Office location: Academic Building 415
Office hours: Tuesday, 12–2pm and by appointment
Phone: (979)845–9706
Email: amaral@tamu.edu

– Teaching assistant information

Michael Upchurch
Graduate Student, Department of Sociology

Office location: Academic Building 414A
Office hours: Tuesday, 4–5pm; Thursday, 11am–2pm and by appointment
Email: michaelj.church@tamu.edu

– Lectures, Stata codes, and Exams

August 8, 2017 – Tuesday
Lecture canceled due to Hurricane Harvey

Day 01 – August 31, 2017 – Thursday
Introduction
Healey (chapter 1)
Lecture

Day 02 – September 5, 2017 – Tuesday
Day 03 – September 7, 2017 – Thursday

Basic descriptive statistics
Healey (chapter 2)
Lecture
Excel: Person-years, rates, probabilities
Excel: Examples of charts

Day 04 – September 12, 2017 – Tuesday
Day 05 – September 14, 2017 – Thursday
Day 06 – September 19, 2017 – Tuesday

Sample weights
Statistical software
Class with laptop
Lecture about sample weights
Stata code 01 (chapters 1 and 2)
Stata twoway bar command
Stata color codes
Stata graphics by Dawn Koffman
Stata extra graphics programs

Day 07 – September 21, 2017 – Thursday
Measures of central tendency
Healey (chapter 3)
Lecture

Day 08 – September 26, 2017 – Tuesday
Measures of dispersion
Healey (chapter 4)
Lecture
Stata code 02 (chapters 3 and 4)
Excel: Examples of measures of central tendency and dispersion

Day 09 – September 28, 2017 – Thursday
The normal curve
Healey (chapter 5)
Lecture
Stata code 03 (chapter 5)
Excel: Examples of normal distribution

Day 10 – October 3, 2017 – Tuesday
Introduction to inferential statistics
Healey (chapter 6)
Lecture

Day 11 – October 5, 2017 – Thursday
Estimation procedures
Healey (chapter 7)
Lecture

Day 12 – October 10, 2017 – Tuesday
Statistical software
Class with laptop
Stata code 04 (chapters 6 and 7)
Stata code 05 (append different years)

Day 13 – October 12, 2017 – Thursday
Individual exam 1
Healey (chapters 1–7)
Exam 1 – Section 903
Exam 1 – Section 904
Make-up Exam 1

Day 14 – October 17, 2017 – Tuesday
Hypothesis testing I: The one-sample case
Healey (chapter 8)
Lecture

Day 15 – October 19, 2017 – Thursday
Hypothesis testing II: The two-sample case
Healey (chapter 9)
Lecture

Day 16 – October 24, 2017 – Tuesday
Statistical software
Class with laptop
Stata code 06 (chapters 8 and 9)

Day 17 – October 26, 2017 – Thursday
Hypothesis testing III: The analysis of variance
Healey (chapter 10)
Lecture

Day 18 – October 31, 2017 – Tuesday
Hypothesis testing IV: Chi square
Healey (chapter 11)
Lecture

Day 19 – November 2, 2017 – Thursday
Statistical software
Class with laptop
Stata code 07 (chapters 10 and 11)

Day 20 – November 7, 2017 – Tuesday
Bivariate association for nominal- and ordinal-level variables
Healey (chapter 12)
Lecture

Day 21 – November 9, 2017 – Thursday
Association between variables measured at the interval-ratio level
Healey (chapter 13)
Lecture

Day 22 – November 14, 2017 – Tuesday
Statistical software
Class with laptop
Stata code 08 (chapters 12 and 13)

Day 23 – November 16, 2017 – Thursday
Elaborating bivariate tables
Healey (chapter 14)
Lecture

Day 24 – November 21, 2017 – Tuesday
Partial correlation, multiple regression, and correlation
Healey (chapter 15)
Lecture

November 23, 2017 – Thursday
Thanksgiving

Day 25 – November 28, 2017 – Tuesday
Day 26 – November 30, 2017 – Thursday
Day 27 – December 5, 2017 – Tuesday

Statistical software
Class with laptop
Stata code 09 (chapters 14 and 15)

Day 28
Section 903, December 8, 2017 – Friday, 12:30–2:30pm
Section 904, December 13, 2017 – Wednesday, 1–3pm

Individual exam 2
Healey (chapters 8–15)
Exam 2 – Section 903
Exam 2 – Section 904

– Assignments

Assignment 1
Instructions
Rubric

The Joy of Stats with Professor Hans Rosling
from Gapminder

Assignment 2
Instructions
Rubric

Assignment 3
Instructions
Rubric

Assignment 4
Instructions
Rubric

– Resources to write about numbers

Manuscript formatting (American Sociological Association – ASA style)
Site

Writing with statistics
Site

Examples of tables and figures
PDF file

– The General Social Survey (GSS)

GSS official website
Site

GSS Data Explorer
Site

GSS resources for this course
Material

– Stata Resources

Stata: Data Analysis and Statistical Software
Resource links

Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Stata material

Carolina Population Center (CPC)
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)
Introduction to Stata

Generalized Linear Latent And Mixed Models (GLLAMM)
Stata Programs for estimating, predicting, simulating

Stata extra modules
Material

– U.S. Census Bureau

Census Bureau official website
Site

American Community Survey (ACS)
Site

American FactFinder
Site

Current Population Survey (CPS)
Site

Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)
Site

– Demographic data and resources

Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS)
Minnesota Population Center (MPC)
University of Minnesota
Site

Population Division
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations
Site

Population.io
The World Population Project
Site

Population Reference Bureau (PRB)
Site

Population Reference Bureau (PRB) DataFinder
Site

Population and Poverty Research Network (PopPov)
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Population Reference Bureau (PRB)
Site

The Human Mortality Database
Site

Latin American Human Mortality Database
Site

The Human Fertility Database
Site

Human Fertility Collection
Site

European Fertility Project
Office of Population Research (OPR)
Princeton University
Site

World Migration Map
Site

Foreign-Born Population: A Nation of Overlapping Diasporas
Digital Scholarship Lab
University of Richmond
Site

Internal Migration Around the GlobE (IMAGE)
School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management
The University of Queensland Australia
Site

Mexican Migration Project (MPP)
Princeton University & University of Guadalajara
Site

Mexican Family Life Survey (MxFLS)
Iberoamerican University (UIA)
Center fo Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE)
Duke University
Site

The New Immigrant Survey
Princeton University
Site

– Other microdata and surveys

American Life Panel
RAND Corporation
Site

Health and Retirement Study (HRS)
Institute for Social Research
University of Michigan
Site

World Values Survey
Site

Latinobarómetro: Opinion Pública Lationamericana
Site

Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP)
Site

Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES)
Site

– Aggregated-level data

Gapminder: Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact-based worldview
Site

World Bank Data
Site
Beta site

National Vital Statistics System
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Site

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
Data Visualizations
Site

Pew Research Center Data
Site

Brookings Institute
Site

– Academic associations

American Sociological Association (ASA)
Site

Population Association of America (PAA)
Site

American Political Science Association (APSA)
Site

American Marketing Association
Site

American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR)
Site

– Sources for literature review

Web of Science
Scientific citation indexing service
Site

JSTOR (Journal Storage)
Digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources
Site

American Journal of Sociology
Site

American Sociological Review
Site

Annual Review of Sociology
Site

Science Direct
Source for scientific, technical, and medical research
Site

PubMed
Citations for biomedical literature, life science journals, and online books
Site

– Public-opinion polls

RealClearPolitics
Political news and polling data aggregator
Site

FiveThirtyEight
Statistical analysis about elections, politics, sports, science, economics and culture
Site