Applied Sociology Fall 2014

This course teaches students how to apply sociological concepts, theories, and methodologies to social issues. Students work directly with a social service or social justice organization. After learning about the needs of the community partner they work with the instructor, the community partner and each other to develop a research project and present their findings to key stakeholders. This semester students worked with the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota (ACLU-MN) and Feeding Our Communities Partners. Click on the title of the paper to read the final project.


Race and Punishment: Demographic Disparities and Patterns in the Blue Earth County Court System
Students: Kelsey Mischke, Alyssa Haugly, Aaron Guerdet

In cooperation with the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota (ACLU-MN), Angel Manjarrez, Coordinator
Final products: Academic paper, developed a data collection system for the ACLU-MN

Analyzing the Missing Meal Gap Beyond Elementary School
Students: Timothy Loney, Samantha Milheiser, Brittney Wacholz

A Project in Collaboration with Feeding Our Communities Partners

Final product: Academic paper/ needs assessment

Racial Justice Study: An Examination of Ticket Citations in the City of Mankato, Minnesota
Students: Meagan Hammers, C.J. Hays, Hannah Laniado

In Collaboration with ACLU-MN,  Staff Attorney Ian Bratlie

Final Product: Academic paper


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