Sociology | Statistics for Sociology
S371 | 4096 | Bartley
This course is designed to develop your quantitative analytic skills
by teaching you how to understand, apply, and interpret basic
statistical principles. The course is organized in two main parts.
The first part covers descriptive statistics and deals with
techniques for organizing and summarizing sample data. The goals
here are to master tools for describing social outcomes (describing
a single variable) and to develop strategies for comparing how
those outcomes change under the influence of other factors
(describing the relationship between two or more variables). The
second part of the course covers inferential statistics and covers
methods for using sample data to determine the unknown
characteristics of populations. The objective here is to understand
how we can make claims about whole populations based on observations
of small parts or samples.
In addition to covering the logic of statistics and developing your
skills at interpreting quantitative data, this course will provide
you with practical experience working with SPSS (Statistical Package
for the Social Sciences). This computer program is used in a
variety of academic, business, and non-profit settings, and the
skills you develop at processing and interpreting data with SPSS may
prove highly useful further down the line.