Laura Patterson is trained as a sociologist and program evaluator and her interests include Research Methods (including evaluation methods) and Statistics, Environmental Sociology, and the Sociology of Horror. Laura also co-hosts a podcast examining the sociological implications of horror films called “Collective Nightmares.”
program evaluation, research methods, environmental sociology, sociology of horror
SOCY 2061 - Introduction to Social Statistics
Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 / Fall 2021
Introduces students to quantitative analysis of social phenomena. Emphasizes understanding and proper interpretation of graphs; measures of central tendency, dispersion, and association; and the concept of statistical significance. Assumes students have only limited mathematical background.
SOCY 2077 - Environment and Society
Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2021
Examines interactions between societies and their natural and built environments through the lens of inequality. Describes how environmental problems vary along, are shaped by, and exacerbate disparities along lines of race, socioeconomic status, and other forms of social status. Also examines collective efforts to address social and environmental problems.
SOCY 3201 - Sociological Research Methods
Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
Introduces students to the logics and methods of sociological research. This requirement for majors teaches ways to answer sociological questions by collecting and analyzing different types of data. Students are trained in research ethics and learn how to collect their own data and conduct original sociological research. Collection and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data are included.