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Samuel J Clark
SOC 221
Seattle Campus

Statistical Concepts and Methods for the Social Sciences

Develops statistical literacy. Examines objectives and pitfalls of statistical studies; study designs, data analysis, inference; graphical and numerical summaries of numerical and categorical data; correlation and regression; and estimation, confidence intervals, and significance tests. Emphasizes social science examples and cases. (Students may receive credit for only one of STAT 220, STAT 221, STAT 311, STAT 221/CS&SS 221/SOC 221, and ECON 311.) Offered: jointly with CS&SS 221/STAT 221; AWSp.

Class description

This course is an introduction to statistical concepts and methods used by social scientists. The objective is to provide you with the ability to critically evaluate the data and methods used by social scientists and to be discerning consumers of research news in the mass media. The statistical concepts presented in this course will be helpful as you move to more advanced courses in statistical methods.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Three lectures per week plus recitation section.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

There will be nine problem sets, nine in-recitation quizzes, a midterm and a final.

The course grade will be based on problem sets (25%), quizzes (25%), midterm (25%) and final (25%).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Samuel J Clark
Date: 03/28/2010