Sociology | Statistics for Sociology (3 CR)
S371 | 10098 | DiGrazia
1:00PM-2:15PM TR BH 305
10099 9:05AM-9:55AM W BH 108 DiGrazia
10100 10:10AM-11:00AM W BH 108 DiGrazia
10101 11:15AM-12:05PM W BH 108 DiGrazia
Quantitative analysis is an important component of social science
research and allows researchers to answer questions about single
variables (e.g. how unequally are incomes distributed across a
population?) and about the relationships between two or more
variables (e.g. how does income change as people age?). This course
is designed to provide students with an introduction to statistical
reasoning and computation as a social research method. The course
covers both descriptive and inferential statistics. Descriptive
statistics are used to describe the properties of sets of numbers.
Inferential statistics make use sampling to estimate unknown
characteristics of large populations. Inferential statistics are at
the heart of social science research and are used when it is
impractical or impossible to obtain data on an entire population.
Although the course is not particularly mathematically intensive, a
working understanding of algebra is required.