Familiarizes students with the logic of analysis in social sciences. Students learn to recognize good research design, understand and interpret main arguments employing different methods, and evaluate whether research findings support stated conclusions.
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the logic and tools social scientists use to quantify social phenomena so as to answer certain research questions. You will learn about the steps involved in research projects: from formulating appropriate research questions and hypotheses, to analyzing and interpreting social scientific data. This should provide you with the skills needed to become an informed consumer of scientific research reported in the popular media as well as in scholarly articles and books.
Student learning goals
Univariate Statistics (descriptive) and Point Estimates/Estimation (inferential)
Bivariate/Multivariate Statistics and Relationships
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Assignments 30% Labs 45% Final exam .25% Total ...100%