Teaching

I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of Sociology, including required doctoral statistics and methods courses.  I've also taught classes in the Masters of Public Health program at Stony Brook.

I'll be on sabbatical for the 2018-2019 academic year as a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation.

Course Descriptions

Sociology 202: Statistical Methods in Sociology

An introduction to the use and interpretation of statistical methods in social research; descriptive and inferential statistics. 

Sociology 392: Special Topics--Sociology of Work

An introduction to the sociological study of work, including historical, global, and contemporary trends. Readings will include topics such as the hiring and matching of workers to jobs, internships, and the school-to-work transition.

Sociology 501: Multivariate Statistics for Social Science

This course is an advanced treatment of descriptive and inferential statistics with emphasis on the latter. Students will gain practical experience in analyzing current data from the social sciences through the use of statistical computer programs. Topics include: sampling, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability theory, hypothesis testing, point and interval estimation, the normal, binomial, and chi-square distributions, parametric and non-parametric measures of association and correlation, and bivariate regression.

Public Health 501: Introduction to the Research Process

This course provides an overview of the research process including formulation of a research problem, conceptualization of the research design, construction of the instrument for data collection, selection of the sample, collection of data, processing of data, and writing the research report.  Topics include how to identify a research question and, correspondingly, how to formulate a clear, concise hypothesis or set of hypotheses; reasons and procedures for reviewing the literature; overview of observational and interventional research designs; review of measurement theory, types of scales, and commonly used measures in public health-related research; data collection methods including survey and qualitative methods; and the ethical conduct of research.  Through the introduction of these topics, the course provides a general background for individuals who are interested in learning the fundamentals of how to prepare a research proposal.

Sociology 504: Logic and Practice in Sociology

This course provides an introduction to the logic of empirical research in sociology. It takes a broad overview of both quantitative and qualitative methods; inductive and deductive reasoning; and the process of theory construction and testing,  with an emphasis on research design and the logic of causal analysis. A knowledge of advanced statistics is not assumed.  Topics covered include survey research, participant observation and field methods, the comparative method, experimental and  quasi-experimental design, content analysis, and the logic of multivariate analysis.

Public Health 523: Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health

This course introduces students to population health as one of the organizing concepts in public health and the orientation that differentiates public health from medicine.  Consistent with public health tradition, health is discussed from an ecological perspective, and the course presents current knowledge about the multiple determinants of population health including socioeconomic status, the physical environment, medical care, individual behavior, and genetics and the interaction of these factors.  Also covered is the measurement of population health, sources of data, and methods for assessing population health improvements.

© 2018 by Carrie L. Shandra.