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Fall 2018-2019
* POL 345 / SOC 305 (QR)   No Pass/D/Fail

Introduction to Quantitative Social Science

Marc Ratkovic

Would universal health insurance improve the health of the poor? Do patterns of arrests in US cities show evidence of racial profiling? What accounts for who votes and their choice of candidates? This course will teach students how to address these and other social science questions by analyzing quantitative data. The course introduces basic principles of statistical inference and programming skills for data analysis. The goal is to provide students with the foundation necessary to analyze data in their own research and to become critical consumers of statistical claims made in the news media, in policy reports, and in academic research.

Sample reading list:
Imai, Kosuke, Quantitative Social Science: An Introduction
OpenIntro: Statistics, https://www.openintro.org/stat/

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly problem sets that include both analytical questions and computer programming. This course requires students to keep up with materials each week through frequent problem sets and quizzes.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Mid term Exam - 20%
Take Home Final Exam - 20%
Programming Assignments - 10%
Quizzes - 10%
Lab Reports - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Problem set(s) - 10%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
(1) High School algebra. Familiarity with elementary probability theory and computer programming is useful, but not required. (2) The course also serves as the prerequisite for students who wish to learn more about statistics in POL 346..

Other information:
This course satisfies a requirement for Politics, Sociology, and WWS majors. It also satisfies the foundations of statistics requirement for the Certificate Program on Statistics and Machine Learning. NOTE: Precepts will meet for 80 minutes, once a week.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21855 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm M W   McDonnell Hall   A02   Enrolled:268 Limit:
23891 P01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M   Friend Center   005   Enrolled:16 Limit:16 Closed
23845 P01A 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M   Friend Center   007   Enrolled:14 Limit:16 Closed
23892 P02 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Frist Campus Center   208   Enrolled:13 Limit:16 Closed
23847 P02A 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Friend Center   005   Enrolled:15 Limit:16 Closed
23848 P02B 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Friend Center   007   Enrolled:12 Limit:16 Closed
24320 P02C 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Friend Center   305   Enrolled:16 Limit:16 Closed
23893 P03 07:30:00 pm - 08:50:00 pm W   Friend Center   005   Enrolled:16 Limit:16 Closed
23850 P03A 07:30:00 pm - 08:50:00 pm W   Friend Center   007   Enrolled:9 Limit:16 Closed
24178 P03C 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
23894 P04 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm Th   Friend Center   005   Enrolled:15 Limit:16 Closed
23852 P04A 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm Th   Friend Center   007   Enrolled:14 Limit:16 Closed
24227 P04B 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm Th   Green Hall   0-N-7   Enrolled:12 Limit:16 Closed
23895 P05 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm Th   Friend Center   005   Enrolled:14 Limit:16 Closed
23854 P05A 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm Th   Friend Center   007   Enrolled:16 Limit:16 Closed
23896 P06 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Friend Center   005   Enrolled:8 Limit:16 Closed
23861 P06A 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Friend Center   007   Enrolled:9 Limit:16 Closed
23897 P07 07:30:00 pm - 08:50:00 pm Th   Friend Center   005   Enrolled:14 Limit:16 Closed
24321 P07A 07:30:00 pm - 08:50:00 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
23898 P08 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm F   Friend Center   005   Enrolled:16 Limit:16 Closed
23857 P08A 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm F   Friend Center   007   Enrolled:12 Limit:16 Closed
23899 P09 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm F   Friend Center   005   Enrolled:10 Limit:16 Closed
23859 P09A 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm F   Friend Center   007   Enrolled:7 Limit:16 Closed
24373 P10 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T   Friend Center   005   Enrolled:10 Limit:16
21856 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled