Sociology | Charts, Graphs and Tables
S110 | 23214 | Klugman


ABOVE SECTION OPEN TO FRESHMEN AND SOPHMORES ONLY

This course is about much more than simply charts, graphs, and
tables.
It is an introduction quantitative reasoning--how to make claims
about reality using numbers.  Everyday journalists, politicians,
advocacy groups, corporations, and scientists use numbers to make
claims about our opinions, consumer habits, economic-wellbeing, and
even our bodies.
Unfortunately, it is easy to misuse numbers of confirm one’s biases
instead of making honest assessments of social processes.  To be a
well-informed citizen who can critically evaluate arguments using
numbers requires a basic foundation in quantitative reasoning.

This course will cover the basics of quantitative reasoning with a
focus on sociological data, such as data about people’s cultural and
political attitudes and their work lives.  We will examine how to
produce, analyze, and present this data, as well as how to consume
others’ research.

This is not a math course, but the class will introduce students to
some elementary statistical techniques, how and when to use them, and
how to present one’s results.  The course will focus less on the
mathematics behind these techniques and more on their underlying
logic.