Sociology 301:

Sociological research methods

This course is the second in a two course sequence in Sociology.  The first course—Sociology 300—is geared to teaching students how to develop an empirical research question. 


Sociology 301 shows how to answer the research question using statistical methods applied to quantitative data.  The course could, therefore, be more aptly called “Social Statistics.” 


The course covers the following topics:


· The logic of scientific research (deduction and falsification of hypotheses)


· Probability theory


· Descriptive statistics (summarizing data numerically and graphically)


· The Central Limit Theorem and the logic of inferential statistics


· Confidence Intervals


· Hypothesis testing with a variety of methods (including linear regression)