Keith Robinson
Assistant Professor — Ph.D., 2006, Sociology, University of Michigan
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Contact
 Email: keith@prc.utexas.edu
 Phone: (512) 4758641 and (512) 4718399
 Office: MAI 2310, BUR 472
 Campus Mail Code: G1800
Interests
Education, Social Inequality
Biography
Keith Robinson's research focuses on the determinants and implications of test score (achievement) inequality in K12 education. With the enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act the push to equalize achievement differences among poor performing groups has garnered considerable attention from policy makers and the general public. Specifically, there is wide interest in identifying factors that lead some groups of students to perform better than others. D. Robinson's work highlights the extent to which family and school factors contribute to achievement inequality, and suggests ways to equalize these differences. Much can be learned by examining the various stages of K12 education since the determinants of achievement disparities change as children progress through schooling.
Courses
SOC 317M • Intro To Social Research
44960 • Spring 2015
Meets MW 12:00PM1:00PM CLA 0.118
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Sociology 317M is a general introduction to social research methods. It is designed to introduce students to the intent and procedures of contemporary research methods. For instance, we will discuss the factors determining the selection of particular data gathering techniques, their strengths and weaknesses, and the ethical and political issues that researchers may encounter during the research process. A large part of the course will focus on the various methods used in research and data analysis.
REQUIRED READINGS
Russell K. Schutt. Investigating the Social World (5th edition, Pine Forge). It is available at the Coop bookstore.
GRADING
Your overall grade for this course will be based on your performance on three inclass exams, five assignments (one of which is a final research paper), class participation and a presentation based on your final paper. There will be a total of 250 available points for this course. No extra credit points will be available.
A = 225250 D = 150174
B = 200224 F = 149 and below
C = 175199
Exams
There will be three inclass exams: the first will cover Chapters 1, 3, and 4; the second will cover Chapters 5, 6, and 8; the third will be considered a final exam and will cover Chapters 7, 9, 10, 14. Exams will not be cumulative.
POINT BREAKDOWN:
Assign 1= 5
Assign 2 = 20
Assign 3 = 25
Assign 4 = 35
Assign 5 (Final Paper) = 55
Exam 1 = 25
Exam 2 = 35
Exam 3 (Final) = 40
Participation = 10
Extra Credit = 5, 10 (see below)
Assignment #1: (5 points)
Group activity on validity.
Assignment #2: TakeHome (20 points)
The focus of this assignment is the development of a preliminary research question for the final paper. This assignment will be 1.52 pages in length double spaced.
Assignment #3: Sampling (25 points)
Assignment #4: TakeHome (35 points)
This assignment is meant to further develop your final research paper. It will involve expanding what you did on assignment #2. Paper length will be 5 pages.
Assignment #5: Final Research Paper (55 points)
Students will be required to write a 10page research paper. Guidelines for the research paper will be distributed later in the semester.
PARTICIPATION (10 points)
Participation points are part of the total 250 points. Participation points have to be earned. Simply coming to class is not considered participating. Rather, receiving points is based on the contribution you make to a particular lecture discussion. Asking questions (excluding ones for clarification), furthering the discussion with relevant points, answering questions posed by classmates or myself are ways to gain participation points. A maximum of 1 point per lecture can be gained through participation. Only excused absences from lecture that constitute an emergency will allow you to make up points that were lost due to your absence.
EXTRA CREDIT  PRESENTATIONS (10 points for presenters)
12 students will present an 810 minute Powerpoint slide on their research paper. More details will be given during the course.
EXTRA CREDIT DURING PRESENTATIONS (5 points for nonpresenters)
Nonpresenters can gain a total of 5 points by contributing to the presentation discussion. More details will be given in week 11.
LATE ASSIGNMENTS & LATE RESEARCH PAPER
Will be marked down 5 points for every day the assignment is late unless a valid excuse is provided. Assignments are officially late if not turned in by the end of the lab session in which they are due. Late final papers will be accepted, but with a penalty for each day late. Papers turned in after 3:00pm will be reduced by 5 points. Each day thereafter (a day ends at 3:00pm) will result in an additional 5 point deduction. Papers that have not been turned in within four days of the due date will count for 0 points.
PLAGIARISM
Do not do it.
SOC 395E • Poverty, Race, And Schools
45205 • Spring 2015
Meets W 3:00PM6:00PM CLA 3.214F
Course Description
This seminar will focus on children's academic outcomes within the contexts of poverty, race/ethnicity, and schools in K12 education. As part of the effort to understand why some children have higher quality schooling experiences than others, we will assess a number of student groups including, poor children, Latino/as, Asian Americans, and African Americans. We will also use the contexts of poverty, race, and schools to discuss the roles of teachers and parents in affecting children’s academic outcomes, with a primary emphasis placed on their importance in elementary and middle schooling. The majority of the course is based on contemporary readings by scholars in the fields of sociology and education. Each student is expected to take part in classroom discussions and also lead the class by presenting a selected set of readings. Assignments and grading will be announced on the first day of class.
Course Requirements
The course requirements include completing: two response papers each worth 30 points. Answers should be 23 pages per question singlespaced. Participation in this class is paramount. Students will be required to lead lecture at least twice over the semester. Students will also need to play an active role in classroom discussion each week. I expect each student to be wellread even when they are not presenting, and ready to contribute to the conversation. Participation will be worth 50 points.
GRADING
Grading will be based on a 110point scale derived as follows:
Reaction papers 60
Participation 50

Total 110
SOC 317M • Intro To Social Research
46154 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 12:30PM1:30PM CLA 2.606
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Sociology 317M is a general introduction to social research methods. It is designed to introduce students to the intent and procedures of contemporary research methods. For instance, we will discuss the factors determining the selection of particular data gathering techniques, their strengths and weaknesses, and the ethical and political issues that researchers may encounter during the research process. A large part of the course will focus on the various methods used in research and data analysis.
REQUIRED READINGS
Russell K. Schutt. Investigating the Social World (5th edition, Pine Forge). It is available at the Coop bookstore.
GRADING
Your overall grade for this course will be based on your performance on three inclass exams, five assignments (one of which is a final research paper), class participation and a presentation based on your final paper. There will be a total of 250 available points for this course. No extra credit points will be available.
A = 225250 D = 150174
B = 200224 F = 149 and below
C = 175199
Exams
There will be three inclass exams: the first will cover Chapters 1, 3, and 4; the second will cover Chapters 5, 6, and 8; the third will be considered a final exam and will cover Chapters 7, 9, 10, 14. Exams will not be cumulative.
POINT BREAKDOWN:
Assign 1= 5
Assign 2 = 20
Assign 3 = 25
Assign 4 = 35
Assign 5 (Final Paper) = 55
Exam 1 = 25
Exam 2 = 35
Exam 3 (Final) = 40
Participation = 10
Extra Credit = 5, 10 (see below)
Assignment #1: (5 points)
Group activity on validity.
Assignment #2: TakeHome (20 points)
The focus of this assignment is the development of a preliminary research question for the final paper. This assignment will be 1.52 pages in length double spaced.
Assignment #3: Sampling (25 points)
Assignment #4: TakeHome (35 points)
This assignment is meant to further develop your final research paper. It will involve expanding what you did on assignment #2. Paper length will be 5 pages.
Assignment #5: Final Research Paper (55 points)
Students will be required to write a 10page research paper. Guidelines for the research paper will be distributed later in the semester.
PARTICIPATION (10 points)
Participation points are part of the total 250 points. Participation points have to be earned. Simply coming to class is not considered participating. Rather, receiving points is based on the contribution you make to a particular lecture discussion. Asking questions (excluding ones for clarification), furthering the discussion with relevant points, answering questions posed by classmates or myself are ways to gain participation points. A maximum of 1 point per lecture can be gained through participation. Only excused absences from lecture that constitute an emergency will allow you to make up points that were lost due to your absence.
EXTRA CREDIT  PRESENTATIONS (10 points for presenters)
12 students will present an 810 minute Powerpoint slide on their research paper. More details will be given during the course.
EXTRA CREDIT DURING PRESENTATIONS (5 points for nonpresenters)
Nonpresenters can gain a total of 5 points by contributing to the presentation discussion. More details will be given in week 11.
LATE ASSIGNMENTS & LATE RESEARCH PAPER
Will be marked down 5 points for every day the assignment is late unless a valid excuse is provided. Assignments are officially late if not turned in by the end of the lab session in which they are due. Late final papers will be accepted, but with a penalty for each day late. Papers turned in after 3:00pm will be reduced by 5 points. Each day thereafter (a day ends at 3:00pm) will result in an additional 5 point deduction. Papers that have not been turned in within four days of the due date will count for 0 points.
PLAGIARISM
Do not do it.
SOC 395E • Poverty, Race, And Schools
46435 • Fall 2014
Meets TH 3:00PM6:00PM CLA 3.106
Course Description
This seminar will focus on children's academic outcomes within the contexts of poverty, race/ethnicity, and schools in K12 education. As part of the effort to understand why some children have higher quality schooling experiences than others, we will assess a number of student groups including, poor children, Latino/as, Asian Americans, and African Americans. We will also use the contexts of poverty, race, and schools to discuss the roles of teachers and parents in affecting children’s academic outcomes, with a primary emphasis placed on their importance in elementary and middle schooling. The majority of the course is based on contemporary readings by scholars in the fields of sociology and education. Each student is expected to take part in classroom discussions and also lead the class by presenting a selected set of readings. Assignments and grading will be announced on the first day of class.
Course Requirements
The course requirements include completing: two response papers each worth 30 points. Answers should be 23 pages per question singlespaced. Participation in this class is paramount. Students will be required to lead lecture at least twice over the semester. Students will also need to play an active role in classroom discussion each week. I expect each student to be wellread even when they are not presenting, and ready to contribute to the conversation. Participation will be worth 50 points.
GRADING
Grading will be based on a 110point scale derived as follows:
Reaction papers 60
Participation 50

Total 110
SOC 317M • Intro To Social Research
46365 • Spring 2014
Meets MW 12:00PM1:00PM CLA 1.102
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Sociology 317M is a general introduction to social research methods. It is designed to introduce students to the intent and procedures of contemporary research methods. For instance, we will discuss the factors determining the selection of particular data gathering techniques, their strengths and weaknesses, and the ethical and political issues that researchers may encounter during the research process. A large part of the course will focus on the various methods used in research and data analysis.
REQUIRED READINGS
Russell K. Schutt. Investigating the Social World (5th edition, Pine Forge). It is available at the Coop bookstore.
GRADING
Your overall grade for this course will be based on your performance on three inclass exams, five assignments (one of which is a final research paper), class participation and a presentation based on your final paper. There will be a total of 250 available points for this course. No extra credit points will be available.
A = 225250 D = 150174
B = 200224 F = 149 and below
C = 175199
Exams
There will be three inclass exams: the first will cover Chapters 1, 3, and 4; the second will cover Chapters 5, 6, and 8; the third will be considered a final exam and will cover Chapters 7, 9, 10, 14. Exams will not be cumulative.
POINT BREAKDOWN:
Assign 1= 5
Assign 2 = 20
Assign 3 = 25
Assign 4 = 35
Assign 5 (Final Paper) = 55
Exam 1 = 25
Exam 2 = 35
Exam 3 (Final) = 40
Participation = 10
Extra Credit = 5, 10 (see below)
Assignment #1: (5 points)
Group activity on validity.
Assignment #2: TakeHome (20 points)
The focus of this assignment is the development of a preliminary research question for the final paper. This assignment will be 1.52 pages in length double spaced.
Assignment #3: Sampling (25 points)
Assignment #4: TakeHome (35 points)
This assignment is meant to further develop your final research paper. It will involve expanding what you did on assignment #2. Paper length will be 5 pages.
Assignment #5: Final Research Paper (55 points)
Students will be required to write a 10page research paper. Guidelines for the research paper will be distributed later in the semester.
PARTICIPATION (10 points)
Participation points are part of the total 250 points. Participation points have to be earned. Simply coming to class is not considered participating. Rather, receiving points is based on the contribution you make to a particular lecture discussion. Asking questions (excluding ones for clarification), furthering the discussion with relevant points, answering questions posed by classmates or myself are ways to gain participation points. A maximum of 1 point per lecture can be gained through participation. Only excused absences from lecture that constitute an emergency will allow you to make up points that were lost due to your absence.
EXTRA CREDIT  PRESENTATIONS (10 points for presenters)
12 students will present an 810 minute Powerpoint slide on their research paper. More details will be given during the course.
EXTRA CREDIT DURING PRESENTATIONS (5 points for nonpresenters)
Nonpresenters can gain a total of 5 points by contributing to the presentation discussion. More details will be given in week 11.
LATE ASSIGNMENTS & LATE RESEARCH PAPER
Will be marked down 5 points for every day the assignment is late unless a valid excuse is provided. Assignments are officially late if not turned in by the end of the lab session in which they are due. Late final papers will be accepted, but with a penalty for each day late. Papers turned in after 3:00pm will be reduced by 5 points. Each day thereafter (a day ends at 3:00pm) will result in an additional 5 point deduction. Papers that have not been turned in within four days of the due date will count for 0 points.
PLAGIARISM
Do not do it.
SOC 395E • Poverty, Race, And Schools
46635 • Spring 2014
Meets W 3:00PM6:00PM CLA 4.106
Description:
This seminar will focus on children's academic outcomes within the contexts of poverty, race, and schools in K12 education. As part of the effort to understand why some children have higher quality schooling experiences than others, we will assess a number of student groups including, poor children, Latino/as, Asian Americans, and African Americans. We will also use these contexts to discuss the roles of teachers and parents in affecting children’s academic outcomes, with a primary emphasis placed on their importance in elementary and middle schooling. Much of the course is based on contemporary readings by scholars in the fields of sociology and education. Recognizing that schools play an important role in the quality of education individuals receive, this course will devote considerable attention to the dynamics of schools that have both positive and negative implications for student outcomes. Currently, there are wide differences among schools in the types of classroom experiences schools provide students. As we will discuss, these differences are linked to the ways in which schools are funded and in the ways in which teachers are distributed across schools.
Grading and Requirements:
Each student is expected to take part in classroom discussions and also lead the class by presenting a selected set of readings. Students will be graded on two reaction papers, two exams, and their participation.
SOC 317M • Intro To Social Research
46125 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 3:30PM5:00PM PAR 310
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Sociology 317M is a general introduction to social research methods. It is designed to introduce students to the intent and procedures of contemporary research methods. For instance, we will discuss the factors determining the selection of particular data gathering techniques, their strengths and weaknesses, and the ethical and political issues that researchers may encounter during the research process. A large part of the course will focus on the various methods used in research and data analysis.
REQUIRED READINGS
Russell K. Schutt. Investigating the Social World (5th edition, Pine Forge). It is available at the Coop bookstore.
GRADING
Your overall grade for this course will be based on your performance on three inclass exams, five assignments (one of which is a final research paper), class participation and a presentation based on your final paper. There will be a total of 250 available points for this course. No extra credit points will be available.
A = 225250 D = 150174
B = 200224 F = 149 and below
C = 175199
Exams
There will be three inclass exams: the first will cover Chapters 1, 3, and 4; the second will cover Chapters 5, 6, and 8; the third will be considered a final exam and will cover Chapters 7, 9, 10, 14. Exams will not be cumulative.
POINT BREAKDOWN:
Assign 1= 5
Assign 2 = 20
Assign 3 = 25
Assign 4 = 35
Assign 5 (Final Paper) = 55
Exam 1 = 25
Exam 2 = 35
Exam 3 (Final) = 40
Participation = 10
Extra Credit = 5, 10 (see below)
Assignment #1: (5 points)
Group activity on validity.
Assignment #2: TakeHome (20 points)
The focus of this assignment is the development of a preliminary research question for the final paper. This assignment will be 1.52 pages in length double spaced.
Assignment #3: Sampling (25 points)
Assignment #4: TakeHome (35 points)
This assignment is meant to further develop your final research paper. It will involve expanding what you did on assignment #2. Paper length will be 5 pages.
Assignment #5: Final Research Paper (55 points)
Students will be required to write a 10page research paper. Guidelines for the research paper will be distributed later in the semester.
PARTICIPATION (10 points)
Participation points are part of the total 250 points. Participation points have to be earned. Simply coming to class is not considered participating. Rather, receiving points is based on the contribution you make to a particular lecture discussion. Asking questions (excluding ones for clarification), furthering the discussion with relevant points, answering questions posed by classmates or myself are ways to gain participation points. A maximum of 1 point per lecture can be gained through participation. Only excused absences from lecture that constitute an emergency will allow you to make up points that were lost due to your absence.
EXTRA CREDIT  PRESENTATIONS (10 points for presenters)
12 students will present an 810 minute Powerpoint slide on their research paper. More details will be given during the course.
EXTRA CREDIT DURING PRESENTATIONS (5 points for nonpresenters)
Nonpresenters can gain a total of 5 points by contributing to the presentation discussion. More details will be given in week 11.
LATE ASSIGNMENTS & LATE RESEARCH PAPER
Will be marked down 5 points for every day the assignment is late unless a valid excuse is provided. Assignments are officially late if not turned in by the end of the lab session in which they are due. Late final papers will be accepted, but with a penalty for each day late. Papers turned in after 3:00pm will be reduced by 5 points. Each day thereafter (a day ends at 3:00pm) will result in an additional 5 point deduction. Papers that have not been turned in within four days of the due date will count for 0 points.
PLAGIARISM
Do not do it.
SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics
45690 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 12:00PM1:00PM CLA 1.106
Course Description
The goal of this course is to help students develop statistical literacy. The course will examine data analysis, inference; graphical and numerical summaries of numerical and categorical data; correlation and regression; and estimation, confidence intervals, and significance tests. There will be an emphasis social science examples and cases.
The course is divided into three main sections: (1) Descriptive Statistics; (2) Inferential Statistics; and (3) Applied Techniques. Descriptive statistics will allow you to summarize and describe data. Inferential Statistics will allow you to make estimates about a population (e.g., this entire class) based on a sample (e.g., 10 or 12 students in the class). The third section of the course will help you understand and interpret commonly used social science techniques that will help you to understand sociological research.
Texts
James Levin, James Alan Fox, and David R. Forde, Elementary Statistics in Social Research, (11th Edition), Pearson Press, ISBN 9780205570690
Grading Policy
Grades: Grading for this class is very straight forward. Final grades are based on students' total point score as determined by performance on exams, problem sets, and class participation. Grades are based on a percentage of 200 points: 1 midterm (35 points) and 1 final exam (65 points); 5 lab assignments (15 points each); and class participation (25 points).
Exams: Exams will be cumulative. Exams are progressively weighted in recognition of the cumulative nature of the course and to allow you a chance to "get your head into the course" before final grades are determined.
Problem Sets: There will be 5 problem sets in the class worth 15 points each. Each assignment will be turned in during lab. No credit will be given for assignments turned in late.
Class Participation: Worth 25 points. TBD
Course grades will be assigned in the following manner based on a 200 point system:?A+ 193200?A 186192?A 180185?B+ 174179?B 166173?B 160165?C+ 154159?C 146153?C 140145?D+ 134139?D 126133?D 120125?F <120
Attendance and participation is MANDATORY. It is very unlikely that you'll do well or even pass this class if you do not regularly attend (i.e. miss only 1 or 2 class meetings) class. You must attend at least once during the first week of class to guarantee your place in it. If you fail to do so, you may be administratively dropped at the discretion of the course instructor and/or department.
SOC 395E • Poverty, Race, And Schools
45980 • Spring 2013
Meets W 3:00PM6:00PM CLA 1.302A
Description:
This seminar will focus on children's academic outcomes within the contexts of poverty, race, and schools in K12 education. As part of the effort to understand why some children have higher quality schooling experiences than others, we will assess a number of student groups including, poor children, Latino/as, Asian Americans, and African Americans. We will also use these contexts to discuss the roles of teachers and parents in affecting children’s academic outcomes, with a primary emphasis placed on their importance in elementary and middle schooling. Much of the course is based on contemporary readings by scholars in the fields of sociology and education. Recognizing that schools play an important role in the quality of education individuals receive, this course will devote considerable attention to the dynamics of schools that have both positive and negative implications for student outcomes. Currently, there are wide differences among schools in the types of classroom experiences schools provide students. As we will discuss, these differences are linked to the ways in which schools are funded and in the ways in which teachers are distributed across schools.
Grading and Requirements:
Each student is expected to take part in classroom discussions and also lead the class by presenting a selected set of readings. Students will be graded on two reaction papers, two exams, and their participation.
SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics
45485 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 12:30PM2:00PM BUR 136
Course Description
The goal of this course is to help students develop statistical literacy. The course will examine data analysis, inference; graphical and numerical summaries of numerical and categorical data; correlation and regression; and estimation, confidence intervals, and significance tests. There will be an emphasis social science examples and cases.
The course is divided into three main sections: (1) Descriptive Statistics; (2) Inferential Statistics; and (3) Applied Techniques. Descriptive statistics will allow you to summarize and describe data. Inferential Statistics will allow you to make estimates about a population (e.g., this entire class) based on a sample (e.g., 10 or 12 students in the class). The third section of the course will help you understand and interpret commonly used social science techniques that will help you to understand sociological research.
Grading Policy
Grades: Grading for this class is very straight forward. Final grades are based on students' total point score as determined by performance on exams, problem sets, and class participation. Grades are based on a percentage of 200 points: 1 midterm (35 points) and 1 final exam (65 points); 5 lab assignments (15 points each); and class participation (25 points).
Exams: Exams will be cumulative. Exams are progressively weighted in recognition of the cumulative nature of the course and to allow you a chance to "get your head into the course" before final grades are determined.
Problem Sets: There will be 5 problem sets in the class worth 15 points each. Each assignment will be turned in during lab. No credit will be given for assignments turned in late.
Class Participation: Worth 25 points. TBD
Course grades will be assigned in the following manner based on a 200 point system:?A+ 193200?A 186192?A 180185?B+ 174179?B 166173?B 160165?C+ 154159?C 146153?C 140145?D+ 134139?D 126133?D 120125?F <120
Attendance and participation is MANDATORY. It is very unlikely that you'll do well or even pass this class if you do not regularly attend (i.e. miss only 1 or 2 class meetings) class. You must attend at least once during the first week of class to guarantee your place in it. If you fail to do so, you may be administratively dropped at the discretion of the course instructor and/or department.
Texts
James Levin, James Alan Fox, and David R. Forde, Elementary Statistics in Social Research, (11th Edition), Pearson Press, ISBN 9780205570690
SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics
45490 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 3:30PM5:00PM BUR 220
Course Description
The goal of this course is to help students develop statistical literacy. The course will examine data analysis, inference; graphical and numerical summaries of numerical and categorical data; correlation and regression; and estimation, confidence intervals, and significance tests. There will be an emphasis social science examples and cases.
The course is divided into three main sections: (1) Descriptive Statistics; (2) Inferential Statistics; and (3) Applied Techniques. Descriptive statistics will allow you to summarize and describe data. Inferential Statistics will allow you to make estimates about a population (e.g., this entire class) based on a sample (e.g., 10 or 12 students in the class). The third section of the course will help you understand and interpret commonly used social science techniques that will help you to understand sociological research.
Grading Policy
Grades: Grading for this class is very straight forward. Final grades are based on students' total point score as determined by performance on exams, problem sets, and class participation. Grades are based on a percentage of 200 points: 1 midterm (35 points) and 1 final exam (65 points); 5 lab assignments (15 points each); and class participation (25 points).
Exams: Exams will be cumulative. Exams are progressively weighted in recognition of the cumulative nature of the course and to allow you a chance to "get your head into the course" before final grades are determined.
Problem Sets: There will be 5 problem sets in the class worth 15 points each. Each assignment will be turned in during lab. No credit will be given for assignments turned in late.
Class Participation: Worth 25 points. TBD
Course grades will be assigned in the following manner based on a 200 point system:?A+ 193200?A 186192?A 180185?B+ 174179?B 166173?B 160165?C+ 154159?C 146153?C 140145?D+ 134139?D 126133?D 120125?F <120
Attendance and participation is MANDATORY. It is very unlikely that you'll do well or even pass this class if you do not regularly attend (i.e. miss only 1 or 2 class meetings) class. You must attend at least once during the first week of class to guarantee your place in it. If you fail to do so, you may be administratively dropped at the discretion of the course instructor and/or department.
Texts
James Levin, James Alan Fox, and David R. Forde, Elementary Statistics in Social Research, (11th Edition), Pearson Press, ISBN 9780205570690
SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics
45460 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 10:00AM11:00AM GEA 114
Course Description
The goal of this course is to help students develop statistical literacy. The course will examine data analysis, inference; graphical and numerical summaries of numerical and categorical data; correlation and regression; and estimation, confidence intervals, and significance tests. There will be an emphasis social science examples and cases.
The course is divided into three main sections: (1) Descriptive Statistics; (2) Inferential Statistics; and (3) Applied Techniques. Descriptive statistics will allow you to summarize and describe data. Inferential Statistics will allow you to make estimates about a population (e.g., this entire class) based on a sample (e.g., 10 or 12 students in the class). The third section of the course will help you understand and interpret commonly used social science techniques that will help you to understand sociological research.
Grading Policy
Grades: Grading for this class is very straight forward. Final grades are based on students' total point score as determined by performance on exams, problem sets, and class participation. Grades are based on a percentage of 200 points: 1 midterm (35 points) and 1 final exam (65 points); 5 lab assignments (15 points each); and class participation (25 points).
Exams: Exams will be cumulative. Exams are progressively weighted in recognition of the cumulative nature of the course and to allow you a chance to "get your head into the course" before final grades are determined.
Problem Sets: There will be 5 problem sets in the class worth 15 points each. Each assignment will be turned in during lab. No credit will be given for assignments turned in late.
Class Participation: Worth 25 points. TBD
Course grades will be assigned in the following manner based on a 200 point system:?A+ 193200?A 186192?A 180185?B+ 174179?B 166173?B 160165?C+ 154159?C 146153?C 140145?D+ 134139?D 126133?D 120125?F <120
Attendance and participation is MANDATORY. It is very unlikely that you'll do well or even pass this class if you do not regularly attend (i.e. miss only 1 or 2 class meetings) class. You must attend at least once during the first week of class to guarantee your place in it. If you fail to do so, you may be administratively dropped at the discretion of the course instructor and/or department.
Texts
James Levin, James Alan Fox, and David R. Forde, Elementary Statistics in Social Research, (11th Edition), Pearson Press, ISBN 9780205570690
SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics
45465 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 12:00PM1:00PM NOA 1.116
Course Description
The goal of this course is to help students develop statistical literacy. The course will examine data analysis, inference; graphical and numerical summaries of numerical and categorical data; correlation and regression; and estimation, confidence intervals, and significance tests. There will be an emphasis social science examples and cases.
The course is divided into three main sections: (1) Descriptive Statistics; (2) Inferential Statistics; and (3) Applied Techniques. Descriptive statistics will allow you to summarize and describe data. Inferential Statistics will allow you to make estimates about a population (e.g., this entire class) based on a sample (e.g., 10 or 12 students in the class). The third section of the course will help you understand and interpret commonly used social science techniques that will help you to understand sociological research.
Grading Policy
Grades: Grading for this class is very straight forward. Final grades are based on students' total point score as determined by performance on exams, problem sets, and class participation. Grades are based on a percentage of 200 points: 1 midterm (35 points) and 1 final exam (65 points); 5 lab assignments (15 points each); and class participation (25 points).
Exams: Exams will be cumulative. Exams are progressively weighted in recognition of the cumulative nature of the course and to allow you a chance to "get your head into the course" before final grades are determined.
Problem Sets: There will be 5 problem sets in the class worth 15 points each. Each assignment will be turned in during lab. No credit will be given for assignments turned in late.
Class Participation: Worth 25 points. TBD
Course grades will be assigned in the following manner based on a 200 point system:?A+ 193200?A 186192?A 180185?B+ 174179?B 166173?B 160165?C+ 154159?C 146153?C 140145?D+ 134139?D 126133?D 120125?F <120
Attendance and participation is MANDATORY. It is very unlikely that you'll do well or even pass this class if you do not regularly attend (i.e. miss only 1 or 2 class meetings) class. You must attend at least once during the first week of class to guarantee your place in it. If you fail to do so, you may be administratively dropped at the discretion of the course instructor and/or department.
Texts
James Levin, James Alan Fox, and David R. Forde, Elementary Statistics in Social Research, (11th Edition), Pearson Press, ISBN 9780205570690
EDC 385G • Poverty, Race, And Schools
09500 • Fall 2011
Meets T 3:00PM6:00PM BUR 231
(also listed as SOC 395E)
Description:
This seminar will focus on children's academic outcomes within the contexts of poverty, race, and schools in K12 education. As part of the effort to understand why some children have higher quality schooling experiences than others, we will assess a number of student groups including, poor children, Latino/as, Asian Americans, and African Americans. We will also use these contexts to discuss the roles of teachers and parents in affecting children’s academic outcomes, with a primary emphasis placed on their importance in elementary and middle schooling. Much of the course is based on contemporary readings by scholars in the fields of sociology and education. Recognizing that schools play an important role in the quality of education individuals receive, this course will devote considerable attention to the dynamics of schools that have both positive and negative implications for student outcomes. Currently, there are wide differences among schools in the types of classroom experiences schools provide students. As we will discuss, these differences are linked to the ways in which schools are funded and in the ways in which teachers are distributed across schools.
Grading and Requirements:
Each student is expected to take part in classroom discussions and also lead the class by presenting a selected set of readings. Students will be graded on two reaction papers, two exams, and their participation.
SOC 317M • Intro To Social Research
45315 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 11:00AM12:00PM BUR 214
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Sociology 317M is a general introduction to social research methods. It is designed to introduce students to the intent and procedures of contemporary research methods. For instance, we will discuss the factors determining the selection of particular data gathering techniques, their strengths and weaknesses, and the ethical and political issues that researchers may encounter during the research process. A large part of the course will focus on the various methods used in research and data analysis.
REQUIRED READINGS
Russell K. Schutt. Investigating the Social World (5th edition, Pine Forge). It is available at the Coop bookstore.
GRADING
Your overall grade for this course will be based on your performance on three inclass exams, five assignments (one of which is a final research paper), class participation and a presentation based on your final paper. There will be a total of 250 available points for this course. No extra credit points will be available.
A = 225250 D = 150174
B = 200224 F = 149 and below
C = 175199
Exams
There will be three inclass exams: the first will cover Chapters 1, 3, and 4; the second will cover Chapters 5, 6, and 8; the third will be considered a final exam and will cover Chapters 7, 9, 10, 14. Exams will not be cumulative.
POINT BREAKDOWN:
Assign 1= 5
Assign 2 = 20
Assign 3 = 25
Assign 4 = 35
Assign 5 (Final Paper) = 55
Exam 1 = 25
Exam 2 = 35
Exam 3 (Final) = 40
Participation = 10
Extra Credit = 5, 10 (see below)
Assignment #1: (5 points)
Group activity on validity.
Assignment #2: TakeHome (20 points)
The focus of this assignment is the development of a preliminary research question for the final paper. This assignment will be 1.52 pages in length double spaced.
Assignment #3: Sampling (25 points)
Assignment #4: TakeHome (35 points)
This assignment is meant to further develop your final research paper. It will involve expanding what you did on assignment #2. Paper length will be 5 pages.
Assignment #5: Final Research Paper (55 points)
Students will be required to write a 10page research paper. Guidelines for the research paper will be distributed later in the semester.
PARTICIPATION (10 points)
Participation points are part of the total 250 points. Participation points have to be earned. Simply coming to class is not considered participating. Rather, receiving points is based on the contribution you make to a particular lecture discussion. Asking questions (excluding ones for clarification), furthering the discussion with relevant points, answering questions posed by classmates or myself are ways to gain participation points. A maximum of 1 point per lecture can be gained through participation. Only excused absences from lecture that constitute an emergency will allow you to make up points that were lost due to your absence.
EXTRA CREDIT  PRESENTATIONS (10 points for presenters)
12 students will present an 810 minute Powerpoint slide on their research paper. More details will be given during the course.
EXTRA CREDIT DURING PRESENTATIONS (5 points for nonpresenters)
Nonpresenters can gain a total of 5 points by contributing to the presentation discussion. More details will be given in week 11.
LATE ASSIGNMENTS & LATE RESEARCH PAPER
Will be marked down 5 points for every day the assignment is late unless a valid excuse is provided. Assignments are officially late if not turned in by the end of the lab session in which they are due. Late final papers will be accepted, but with a penalty for each day late. Papers turned in after 3:00pm will be reduced by 5 points. Each day thereafter (a day ends at 3:00pm) will result in an additional 5 point deduction. Papers that have not been turned in within four days of the due date will count for 0 points.
PLAGIARISM
Do not do it.
SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics
46035 • Spring 2011
Meets MWF 10:00AM11:00AM GEA 114
Course Description
The goal of this course is to help students develop statistical literacy. The course will examine data analysis, inference; graphical and numerical summaries of numerical and categorical data; correlation and regression; and estimation, confidence intervals, and significance tests. There will be an emphasis social science examples and cases.
The course is divided into three main sections: (1) Descriptive Statistics; (2) Inferential Statistics; and (3) Applied Techniques. Descriptive statistics will allow you to summarize and describe data. Inferential Statistics will allow you to make estimates about a population (e.g., this entire class) based on a sample (e.g., 10 or 12 students in the class). The third section of the course will help you understand and interpret commonly used social science techniques that will help you to understand sociological research.
Grading Policy
Grades: Grading for this class is very straight forward. Final grades are based on students' total point score as determined by performance on exams, problem sets, and class participation. Grades are based on a percentage of 200 points: 1 midterm (35 points) and 1 final exam (65 points); 5 lab assignments (15 points each); and class participation (25 points).
Exams: Exams will be cumulative. Exams are progressively weighted in recognition of the cumulative nature of the course and to allow you a chance to "get your head into the course" before final grades are determined.
Problem Sets: There will be 5 problem sets in the class worth 15 points each. Each assignment will be turned in during lab. No credit will be given for assignments turned in late.
Class Participation: Worth 25 points. TBD
Course grades will be assigned in the following manner based on a 200 point system:?A+ 193200?A 186192?A 180185?B+ 174179?B 166173?B 160165?C+ 154159?C 146153?C 140145?D+ 134139?D 126133?D 120125?F <120
Attendance and participation is MANDATORY. It is very unlikely that you'll do well or even pass this class if you do not regularly attend (i.e. miss only 1 or 2 class meetings) class. You must attend at least once during the first week of class to guarantee your place in it. If you fail to do so, you may be administratively dropped at the discretion of the course instructor and/or department.
Texts
James Levin, James Alan Fox, and David R. Forde, Elementary Statistics in Social Research, (11th Edition), Pearson Press, ISBN 9780205570690
SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics
46040 • Spring 2011
Meets MWF 12:00PM1:00PM NOA 1.116
Course Description
The goal of this course is to help students develop statistical literacy. The course will examine data analysis, inference; graphical and numerical summaries of numerical and categorical data; correlation and regression; and estimation, confidence intervals, and significance tests. There will be an emphasis social science examples and cases.
The course is divided into three main sections: (1) Descriptive Statistics; (2) Inferential Statistics; and (3) Applied Techniques. Descriptive statistics will allow you to summarize and describe data. Inferential Statistics will allow you to make estimates about a population (e.g., this entire class) based on a sample (e.g., 10 or 12 students in the class). The third section of the course will help you understand and interpret commonly used social science techniques that will help you to understand sociological research.
Grading Policy
Grades: Grading for this class is very straight forward. Final grades are based on students' total point score as determined by performance on exams, problem sets, and class participation. Grades are based on a percentage of 200 points: 1 midterm (35 points) and 1 final exam (65 points); 5 lab assignments (15 points each); and class participation (25 points).
Exams: Exams will be cumulative. Exams are progressively weighted in recognition of the cumulative nature of the course and to allow you a chance to "get your head into the course" before final grades are determined.
Problem Sets: There will be 5 problem sets in the class worth 15 points each. Each assignment will be turned in during lab. No credit will be given for assignments turned in late.
Class Participation: Worth 25 points. TBD
Course grades will be assigned in the following manner based on a 200 point system:?A+ 193200?A 186192?A 180185?B+ 174179?B 166173?B 160165?C+ 154159?C 146153?C 140145?D+ 134139?D 126133?D 120125?F <120
Attendance and participation is MANDATORY. It is very unlikely that you'll do well or even pass this class if you do not regularly attend (i.e. miss only 1 or 2 class meetings) class. You must attend at least once during the first week of class to guarantee your place in it. If you fail to do so, you may be administratively dropped at the discretion of the course instructor and/or department.
Texts
James Levin, James Alan Fox, and David R. Forde, Elementary Statistics in Social Research, (11th Edition), Pearson Press, ISBN 9780205570690
SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics
46300 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 10:00AM11:00AM GEA 114
Description:
This course presents a general overview of the statistical methods used in the social sciences. While it’s important that you gain an understanding of the mathematical concepts behind the statistical analyses, it is of even greater importance that you leave this course with a conceptual and rational understanding of today’s most commonly used (and useful) statistical methods.
Truth claims made with statistics are abundant and often have the quality of facts in U.S. social and political life. Unfortunately, because many people do not understand the statistics undergirding these claims, they receive less scrutiny than they deserve. It is my primary goal to ensure that students learn the basic statistical literacy they need to be smart consumers of information. Our increasing reliance on statistics to understand the social world means that statistical and analytic skills are marketable skills. In fact statistics is one of very few classes that sociology majors take that provides them with concretely marketable skills. I believe that giving undergraduates a solid understanding of statistics is a way of democratizing knowledge and its production. In teaching statistics my goals are:

To demystify statistics so that every student can be a smart consumer of quantitative information.

To teach students to think sociologically with and about quantitative information.

To provide students with a solid foundation of quantitative and computing skills that could serve
as assets in subsequent employment and academic settings.
 To demonstrate to students that learning statistics has practical applications outside of the classroom in everyday life.
Texts:
Salkind, Neil J.. 2012. Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics: Excel 2010 Edition. 3rd Edition. SAGE Publications.
Grading and Reqirement:
I will use a noncompetitive grading scale. In other words, the grade you receive will not depend on how well others have performed in class. You can earn a maximum of 115 points in this class. Your grade will be based on your mastery of each of the required tasks in the class. The grading scale for the final course grade is as follows: 11594=A; 9093=A; 8789=B+; 8386=B; 8082B; 7779=C+; 7376=C; 7072=C; 67 69=D+; 6366=D; 6062=D; 59 & below=F.
I do not give incomplete and will not change the final grade for whatever reason. You have plenty of opportunities to do well in this class. Use them.
If you receive a final grade of B+ or higher, I will write a personal recommendation for you in the future, stating that you have significant quantitative and computing skills.CLASS & LAB ATTENDANCE 10 PTS
As will be addressed later in detail, you have two free absences you can choose. However, I’d recommend you to use them only for emergencies. More than two absences will affect your class attendance grades negatively.
SOC 317L • Intro To Social Statistics
46305 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 12:00PM1:00PM BUR 134
Description:
This course presents a general overview of the statistical methods used in the social sciences. While it’s important that you gain an understanding of the mathematical concepts behind the statistical analyses, it is of even greater importance that you leave this course with a conceptual and rational understanding of today’s most commonly used (and useful) statistical methods.
Truth claims made with statistics are abundant and often have the quality of facts in U.S. social and political life. Unfortunately, because many people do not understand the statistics undergirding these claims, they receive less scrutiny than they deserve. It is my primary goal to ensure that students learn the basic statistical literacy they need to be smart consumers of information. Our increasing reliance on statistics to understand the social world means that statistical and analytic skills are marketable skills. In fact statistics is one of very few classes that sociology majors take that provides them with concretely marketable skills. I believe that giving undergraduates a solid understanding of statistics is a way of democratizing knowledge and its production. In teaching statistics my goals are:

To demystify statistics so that every student can be a smart consumer of quantitative information.

To teach students to think sociologically with and about quantitative information.

To provide students with a solid foundation of quantitative and computing skills that could serve
as assets in subsequent employment and academic settings.
 To demonstrate to students that learning statistics has practical applications outside of the classroom in everyday life.
Texts:
Salkind, Neil J.. 2012. Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics: Excel 2010 Edition. 3rd Edition. SAGE Publications.
Grading and Reqirement:
I will use a noncompetitive grading scale. In other words, the grade you receive will not depend on how well others have performed in class. You can earn a maximum of 115 points in this class. Your grade will be based on your mastery of each of the required tasks in the class. The grading scale for the final course grade is as follows: 11594=A; 9093=A; 8789=B+; 8386=B; 8082B; 7779=C+; 7376=C; 7072=C; 67 69=D+; 6366=D; 6062=D; 59 & below=F.
I do not give incomplete and will not change the final grade for whatever reason. You have plenty of opportunities to do well in this class. Use them.
If you receive a final grade of B+ or higher, I will write a personal recommendation for you in the future, stating that you have significant quantitative and computing skills.CLASS & LAB ATTENDANCE 10 PTS
As will be addressed later in detail, you have two free absences you can choose. However, I’d recommend you to use them only for emergencies. More than two absences will affect your class attendance grades negatively.
Publications
Robinson, Keith and Angel L. Harris. Forthcoming. The Broken Compass: Is Promoting Parental Involvement Leading Parents in the Wrong Direction? Harvard Press.
Robinson, Keith. Accepted. “Early Disparities in Mathematics Gains among Poor and NonPoor Children: Examining the Role of Behavioral Engagement in Learning.” The Elementary School Journal.
Robinson, Keith and Angel L. Harris. Accepted. “Racial and Social Class Differences in How Parents Respond to Inadequate Achievement: Consequences for Children's Future Achievement.” Social Science Quarterly.
Robinson, Keith. 2010. “BlackWhite Inequality in Reading and Math across K12 Schooling: A Synthetic Cohort Perspective.” Review of Black Political Economy 37(34): 263273.
Harris, Angel L. and Keith Robinson. 2007. “Schooling Behaviors or Prior Skills?: A Cautionary Tale of Omitted Variable Bias within Oppositional Culture Theory.” Sociology of Education 80:13957.
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