Sociology | Statistics for Sociology
S371 | 3688 | Mike Wallace


This is the second of a two-course sequence that presents a summary of
basic statistical techniques sociologists use for the analysis of
quantitative social data and an integrated review of methodological
approaches available to the sociologist.  This course consists
primarily of a comprehensive introduction to the logic, application,
and interpretation of statistical techniques in the social sciences.

This course does not stress abstract mathematical principles, but
rather shows how statistical methods can be used to study "real"
contemporary social issues.  We will begin with a brief discussion of
the logic behind statistical research.  Next, we will examine the
organization and interpretation of different types of statistics.
Finally, we will learn a variety of formal statistical tests for
determining whether there is a relationship between two or more
variables.  Since the computer is indispensable to statistical
analysis, we will provide a lab session learning how to use it to
conduct social research.

Requirements:  Course requirements include 6-8 computer projects, a
mid-term examination, and a final examination.  The projects will
account for 50% of the final grade, and the exams will account for 25%
of the grade.  Class attendance and participation in lecture and lab
sessions are vital to successful completion of this course and will be
taken into account in determining the final grade.