Sociology | Charts, Graphs & Tables
S110 | 21006 | Heacock
Social scientists attempt to better understand the social world.
Almost always, numbers are used to illustrate and convey
relationships interesting to researchers. These numbers must be
presented in an accessible and interpretable fashion. Charts,
graphs, and tables are effective ways to present empirical results.
Results, however, do not appear magically by themselves; they are
produced as part of the process of research.
At each stage in the research process errors can be made,
accidentally or purposefully, that ultimately may lead to the
inappropriate and/or misleading results and conclusions. This course
will prepare you to be a knowledgeable and critical consumer of
research findings. Perhaps more importantly, you will also become a
good producer of scientific knowledge.
This is not a math course. Rather, it is a class that focuses on
quantitative reasoning. Throughout the semester, we will focus less
on the mathematics behind producing numbers and more on the
underlying logic of the mathematical procedures. Accordingly, you
will learn some elementary statistical techniques, how and when to
use them, and various techniques available for presenting your
results. Finally, you will apply what you have learned and be able
to make correct conclusions about aspects of our social world.