Sociology | Statistics for Sociology
S371 | 8580 | Bartley

8580 	5:45PM-7:00PM	MW BH 305

8583 	1:25PM-2:15PM 	T 	BH 108
8582 	2:30PM-3:20PM 	T 	BH 108
8581 	3:35PM-4:25PM	T 	BH 108

This course is designed to develop your quantitative analytic skills
by teaching you how to understand, apply, and interpret basic
statistical techniques.  We will start with descriptive statistics-
that is, techniques for analyzing data in a sample by summarizing
variables and finding relationships between variables.  We will then
cover inferential statistics, where the goal is to make some
conclusion about an entire population based on observing only a
small part of that population (a sample).  In addition to covering
the logic of statistics and developing your skills at interpreting
quantitative data, the course will provide some practical experience
working with SPSS (a widely used data analysis package) and Excel.

In 2009, this course will have a special focus on issues
of "sustainability." As you are learning the skills described above,
you will also be collecting and analyzing some new data on the
environmental literacy, attitudes, and practices of IU students.
These issues will be integrated into the curriculum throughout the
semester, so this is a unique opportunity for students who are
interested in sustainability to get some useful experience analyzing
relevant data.  Even if you have no special interest in
sustainability, you will benefit from being able to work with new
data on a population that you can relate to well-fellow IU students-
in addition to gaining the core skills described above.