Methodology and Research methods in Sociology: Quantitative Research methods
The course aims to provide students with understanding of key concepts and methods of modern statistical data analysis. It gives an overview and practice of the skills necessary for conducting independent research with quantitative survey data, using R software. Skills include downloading data, creating a working dataset; recoding and creating new variables; obtaining univariate or descriptive statistics; working with R graphics; working with bivariate analyses including crosstabulations, correlations, t-tests and anovas; multivariate analyses including factor analysis; and hypothesis testing with bivariate and multivariate regression, both linear and logistic. The course also puts these skills into the broader academic context by reviewing how statistics are used in published scientific journal articles.