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Statistics for Political Analysis

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Course Number




J. Ko

Course Long Title

Statistics for Political Analysis


In this course, students learn how political scientists use statistics. They learn basic statistical concepts, make controlled comparisons, use statistical tests and measures of association to make inferences, and conduct linear regressions. The course develops practical skills, including the ability to use the computing program R, create graphs and perform statistical analysis using R. Students also explore the advantages and limitations of statistics as a research methodology as well as questions of research ethics. Politics majors may not count the course toward their major concentration; however, regardless of their concentration, students may count the course as one of the required courses outside of their major concentration. Prerequisite(s): one 100-level course in politics.

Modes of Inquiry

Quantitative and Formal Reasoning [QF]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Class Restriction

Exclude First Years