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Suggested Instructional Resources and Datasets for Undergraduates

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1. Crime

1.1 Should there be stronger legislation for handguns in the United States?

ABC News. ABC NEWS CRIME POLL, NOVEMBER 1993 [Computer file]. ICPSR version. 6293

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/TPDRC/studies/06293

1.2 According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, what is the prevalence of drugs and weapons in American schools? Does this accurately reflect your own experience?

U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMIZATION SURVEY: SCHOOL CRIME SUPPLEMENT, 2005 [Computer file]. Conducted by U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. ICPSR04429

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/TPDRC/studies/04429

1.3 Select a crime, and provide a detailed discussion of its growth or fluctuation from 1999-2005. Why do you think this change has occurred?

U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMIZATION SURVEY, 2005 [Computer file]. Conducted by U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. ICPSR04451

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/TPDRC/studies/04451

1.4 Describe the level of violent crime in the United States according to the Uniform Crime Report.

U.S. Dept. of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation. UNIFORM CRIME REPORTING PROGRAM DATA [UNITED STATES]: ARRESTS BY AGE, SEX, AND RACE, 2005 [Computer file]. 2006. ICPSR04715

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/TPDRC/studies/04715

1.5 Using five different types of crime, look at the difference in statistics from the Uniform Crime Report, and the National Crime Victimization Survey. Identify and describe any differences between the data presented in the UCR and the NCVS. Why do you think a discrepancy exists between these two forms of crime reports?

U.S. Dept. of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation. UNIFORM CRIME REPORTING PROGRAM DATA [UNITED STATES]: ARRESTS BY AGE, SEX, AND RACE, 2005 [Computer file]. 2006. ICPSR04715

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/TPDRC/studies/04715

U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMIZATION SURVEY, 2005 [Computer file]. Conducted by U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. ICPSR04451

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/TPDRC/studies/04451

2. Foreign Policy

2.1 Describe the sentiment of the American public towards U.S. foreign policy.

Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. Global Views 2004: American Public Opinion and Foreign Policy (ICPSR 4137)

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/TPDRC/studies/04137

2.2 What does the research of the Chicago Council indicate regarding the opinions of the American public and the war in Iraq?

Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. Global Views 2004: American Public Opinion and Foreign Policy (ICPSR 4137)

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/TPDRC/studies/04137

2.3 According to research conducted in South Korea, what is the view pertaining towards unification with North Korea?

Chicago Council on Foreign Relations and The East Asia Institute. Global Views 2004: South Korean Public Opinion and Foreign Policy (ICSPR 4135)

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/TPDRC/studies/04135

2.4 Did the public agree with George Bush sending troops to Somalia? How is Bill Clinton's handling of the situation viewed?

ABC News. ABC NEWS ''NIGHTLINE'' SOMALIA POLL, OCTOBER 1993 [Computer file]. ICPSR version. 6289

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/TPDRC/studies/06289

2.5 During the Kosovo war, how did the American public view the handling of the crisis by Bill Clinton? How does this compare to his handling of the Somalia situation?

ABC News 'Nightline' Kosovo Poll #2, March 1999

ABC News. ABC NEWS ''NIGHTLINE'' KOSOVO POLL #2, MARCH 1999 [Computer file]. ICPSR version 2768

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/TPDRC/studies/02768

3. Terrorism

3.1 Does public sentiment suggest that five years since September 11th, the country is safer from Terrorism? Is the campaign against Terrorists a success?

ABC News. ABC NEWS 9/11 ANNIVERSARY POLL, SEPTEMBER 2006 [Computer file]. ICPSR04665

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/TPDRC/studies/04665

3.2 Describe the views of respondents' views towards missile attacks by the Clinton administration against sites in Afghanistan and Sudan, targeting suspected terrorists who attacked two United States embassies in Africa in August 1998. Were these attacks perceived as an effective deterrent against future acts of terrorism against the United States?

ABC News. ABC NEWS CLINTON TERRORISM POLL, AUGUST 1998 [Computer file]. ICPSR02634

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/TPDRC/studies/02634

3.2.1 In considering the respondents' views, how do you think these reflect current views on terrorism, and the current 'war on terrorism'?

3.3 Has the federal government done all it can to improve airport screening since September 11th, 2001? How afraid are people of flying on airplanes since 9/11?

CBS News/The New York Times. CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES MONTHLY POLL #1, AUGUST 2006 [Computer file]. ICPSR04621

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/TPDRC/studies/04621

4. Media

4.1 Discuss how is the media viewed regarding their treatment of politicians, various socioeconomic classes, religious and political groups, celebrities, the military, and the police?

ABC News. ABC NEWS MEDIA POLL, JANUARY 1997 [Computer file]. ICPSR02171

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/TPDRC/studies/02171

4.2 How do young people (13-24) perceive MTV and its role in promoting environmental issues?

CBS News/MTV. CBS NEWS/MTV MONTHLY POLL #3, MAY 2006 [Computer file]. ICPSR04618

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/TPDRC/studies/04618