Author: Heidy Sarabia
Department of Sociology
California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento CA


This series of modules will help students think about immigration and the factors that shape views on immigration among the US population. In addition, the purpose of this assignment is to guide students to use SPSS to generate information, analysis, and a report about a large dataset (i.e. the General Social Survey).

Summary of the Project: The exercises will be split into three parts. In the first part, the students will explore descriptive statistics that summarize the data from the 2014 General Social Survey related to views on immigration; in the second part, students will think about inferential statistics and use the 2014 General Social Survey to infer views from the US population related to perspectives on immigration; and in the final part, students will examine relationships among two variables in order to explore what factors shape views on immigration. Each part will consist of several exercises (organized as different lab sessions) for a total of 14 lab sessions or exercises. Each lab consists of a reflection question at the beginning, descriptions of the tasks, boxes with instructions to use SPSS, and practice problems at the end.


A PDF file explaining in more detail the exercises that make up this project.