Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Sociology Readings in Context Questions

  1. Complete the assigned readings from Practical Skeptic – Core Concepts, and view all of the multimedia and other materials for this module.
  2. Answer the following questions related to the assigned readings (about one paragraph per reading):
    • Reading 4 – More Damned Lies and Statistics (Preface, “People Count,”  pp. ix-xviii)What does Best mean by the statement “all statistics are products of social activity; the process sociologists call social construction” (p. xiii)? What are the steps that need to be taken to limit bias in how statistics are understood and used in sociology and other disciplines?
    • Reading 5 – The Consequences of Political InnumeracyWhat is meant by “political innumeracy”? What is the conclusion of the authors about the link between innumeracy and political attitudes? Do you think a more accurate understanding or greater “numeracy” would significantly impact people’s attitudes towards an understanding of policy?
    • Reading 6 – Internet research ethics and the policy gap for ethical practice in online research settingsThe use of the internet in social science research brings many new questions about how to maintain professional and ethical research. Describe the ethical gaps that are identified in this paper and discuss the efforts of stakeholders to bridge these gaps in new ethical policy.
    • Reading 7 – If Hitler Asked you to Electrocute a Stranger, Would You? ProbablyMilgram has been criticized for being unethical in his research. Why? How did he respond to these criticisms? Are you persuaded by his critics or by Milgram? Why?
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