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Christine L. Williams, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Summer 2009

SOC f317L • Intro to Social Statistics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
87765 MTWThF
TTh
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
BUR 112
BUR 224
Pullum

Course Description

This course will introduce you to basic procedures for analyzing quantitative sociological data, especially sample surveys. You will learn how to apply and interpret several specific techniques. It is hoped that you will come to understand the reasoning behind statistical inference, and its limitations.

The course is required of all students majoring in Sociology. It should be taken before Sociology 317M, Introduction to Social Research, which is more concerned with research design and data collection procedures, and puts more emphasis on learning a computer package. You must receive a C or better in Sociology 317L to be able to take Sociology 317M.

There are no specific pre-requisites, but it is expected that you have already taken at least one substantive Sociology course. The course is lower-division but is usually taken by upper-division students.

Grading Policy

During the summer the class meets daily, with two lab sessions each week to help with the homework assignments. Homework will count for 30% of the total grade. There will be three exams, each counting for 20% of the total grade. The remaining 10% of the grade is based on attending the lectures. Lab attendance is not mandatory.

Texts

Just the Essentials of Elementary Statistics, by Robert Johnson and Patricia Kuby, 10th Edition, 2007 (Duxbury Press, paperback). You are expected to buy the text.

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