As sociology students, statistics are critical in conducting quantitative research and planning and assessing public policies, ranging from health care to education, housing, and population. In population studies, for example, statistics are useful tools for analyzing population replacement rate, which can impact our lives in different ways – such as pensions, employment, housing, and education. We might also be interested in doing survey research to investigate public opinions on critical social issues such as abortion. In this case, statistical skills are essential too. This course is, therefore, designed to guide students to learn and apply basic statistical techniques used in sociology. Students will particularly learn how to (1) use levels of measurement to develop a survey questionnaire, and (2) perform primary statistical tests, including descriptive statistics, in sociology and interpret the results correctly.
- Teacher: Joseph Asomah