Statistics for the Social Sciences (SOC4103.01)

Debbie Warnock

In this course students will learn to harness social statistics as a powerful tool for answering social science research questions, while becoming more educated consumers of statistical analyses presented in research and news sources. Using nationally representative data sets we will employ various inferential statistics techniques, such as confidence intervals, t-tests, chi-square testing, ANOVA, regression, and correlation to explore patterns and trends in social life. Students will learn to manipulate and analyze data using the Stata statistical software package. Throughout the course of the term students will pose their own research question for which they will find and analyze data, culminating in a final research report and presentation of the results. This course is strongly encouraged for sophomores and juniors considering advanced work in social science with quantitative research components.


Learning Outcomes:
- Learn how to employ a variety of statistical methods for data analysis
- Understand how to analyze and interpret tables, charts, and statistics in social science research and media sources
- Identify and use the correct quantitative methods to answer your research questions
- Present your statistical findings in writing, charts, and tables in the context of a social science research paper
- Develop proficiency in writing syntax in Stata



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and at least one SCT course.
Corequisites: None
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 1:40PM - 3:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: All courses , SCT , Sociology , Fully In-Person
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