Understanding Social Data

SOC-S110 — Spring 2019

Muna Adem
Ballantine Hall 209
Days and Times
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. MW
Course Description

Above class open to undergraduates only.

Everyday we are confronted with a host of numbers on everything from opinion polls to consumer data. This is true whether you are a student in economics, sociology, psychology or just an apt reader of the New York Times. This course is designed to make you a critical consumer of numbers. As social scientists, our knowledge hinges on our ability to collect, summarize, interpret and display data in appropriate ways. Thus, you will learn about sampling methods, summary statistics, graphing tools and other relevant topics. We will use real data to discuss the promises and pitfalls of statistics. By the end of the semester, you will be more familiar and comfortable conducting your own data analysis and understanding other people's quantitative results.

3 credits