S371 | 10906 | VanWey

S371 is a statistics course required for undergraduate majors in Sociology. It provides an introduction to statistical techniques appropriate for answering sociological questions through the analysis of quantitative data. The focus of the course is on the application of these techniques to real data and real questions. Descriptive and inferential statistics are covered in this course. Descriptive statistics are used to describe or summarize sets of numbers. Inferential statistics are designed to test sociological theories based upon samples of data when it is too expensive or impossible to obtain all of the information needed from a population of interest. In this course, you will learn basic statistics for answering questions about single variables (e.g. What is the average income of a group of people? How unequally are incomes distributed in the group of people?) and about relationships between variables (e.g. How does income change as people age? How different are the incomes of men and women?).