S371 | 3646 | Bradshaw

S371 Statistics for Sociology Bradshaw 9:30-10:45 TR 3645 LAB 3:35-4:25 W 3646 4:40-5:30 W 3647 5:45-6:30 W 3648 MEETS NMMC COAS DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENT This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the logic, application, and interpretation of statistical techniques in the social sciences. It is not a course that stresses abstract mathematical principles. To the contrary, it is a class that shows how statistical methods can be used to study "real" contemporary social problems. 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. Because the computer is an invaluable tool for assisting social scientists, we will spend some time learning to use it to conduct social research. Course requirements include 5 or 6 projects, a mid-term examination, and a final examination. The projects (taken collectively) will account for 50% of the final grade, and the exams will each account for 25% of the grade.