LASP-603 Quantitative Methods in Practice
Fall for 2017-2018
Spring for 2017-2018
This course is designed for graduate students interested in acquiring methodological and
practical tools to pursue – and “consume" --- quantitative research in the social sciences. The
course assumes limited to no exposure to empirical analysis in their undergraduate education and
will actively link statistical reasoning to its most common applications in the social sciences and
policy settings.
The course starts with a discussion of research design, causation, and other methodological
issues, such as the type of empirical questions posed in the social sciences and the answers that
can be obtained from quantitative approaches. It then moves to more “practical” topics regarding
data management and visualization, as well as descriptive inference. The third part of the course
introduces inferential statistics, starting with sampling and probability theory and ending with
regression analysis and other statistical techniques. The course thus provides a basic “toolbox” to
conduct empirical research across different disciplines.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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