Sociology | Statistics for Sociology
S371 | 9378 | Heacock
STUDENTS MUST ATTEND LAB SESSION
THIS COURSE NOT TO BE TAKEN FOR GRADUATE CREDIT
S371 MEETS THE SAME DAY, TIME, & ROOM AS S370
Scientific research relies heavily on statistical analysis. Perhaps
the foremost reason for this is because statistical techniques can
quickly summarize large amounts of data that otherwise would be
incomprehensible. However, statistical techniques also allow
researchers to discern patterns within a dataset, test for causal
relationships between variables, and test whether results from a
sample dataset can be generalized to the population.
Accordingly, this class will cover various statistical
techniques used in social scientific – specifically sociological –
research. Students will learn basic techniques to summarize and
describe a dataset, test for relationships between variables within a
dataset, test for a causal effect of one or more variables on
another, and finally test the likelihood a sample result matches the
true population value. Throughout, the emphasis will be on
application and correct interpretation of techniques and results.
Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to
apply these basic statistical techniques in a wide range of “real
world” academic or professional situations.