Show Me the Numbers: Statistics for Social Sciences

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Spring 2017 quarter

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In this world of information explosion, we are constantly bombarded by numbers. How do you make sense of those numbers? How can you tell which are used correctly and which are not? How can we use statistical tools to inform, to explore and to empower? What are the larger frameworks behind those numbers? How do we use quantitative reasoning to enhance our understanding of the society and make changes? This class will put statistics into context. We will cover basic statistical concepts and processes used in social sciences including descriptive and inferential statistics. Focus will be placed on real life scenarios and sense making practices. Besides workshops, students will conduct a research project and practice statistical analysis. This course  meets the statistics prerequisite requirements of the Master of Environmental Studies (MES) and the Master of Public Administration (MPA) programs. It also meets the MiT general prerequisite for college-level math, and endorsement requirement for those pursuing middle level or secondary math.

Program Details

Fields of Study

mathematics sociology


Spring Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Tuesday, 6-10 pm

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online