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Fall 2017
Jan 18, 2018
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SOCI 203 - Statistics for Social Research
MW 12:30 – 1:45pm
WAL 391

Are homeowners more involved in their communities than renters?  Does performance on standardized exams vary according to classroom size?  When college sports teams are winning, do college students study less?  Do foreclosures increase crime in Washington, DC neighborhoods?  How have attitudes towards abortion changed in the United States over the past two decades?  What impact does a criminal record have on job opportunities?  To answer these – and countless other – research questions, social scientists turn to a set of research tools know as statistics.  Statistics refers to the tools and procedures social researchers use to collect, measure, describe and analyze quantitative data.  These tools help researchers to understand whether variables in the world are related to each other.  They also enable researchers make predictions about the future and to identify causal relationships in the social world.   This course introduces students to a range of topics in statistical analysis, including collecting and describing data; creating graphical displays of quantitative information; identifying relationships among variables; and testing research hypotheses.  By the end of the course, students will develop a toolbox of statistical procedures to investigate the social world.  They will gain familiarity with actual social science datasets used to analyze trends in social attitudes and behaviors.  In addition to developing skills as social researchers, students will become critical consumers of quantitative data, thinking seriously about the way quantitative information is analyzed and presented in their everyday lives.  

Prerequisites: Sociology Majors and Minors only

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Sociology Department

Course Attributes:
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Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors:     
      Sociology

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