Quantitative Methods in Politics and Sociology

Philosophy, Politics and Economics paper 226

Course Co-ordinator: Dr James Tilley

Candidates will be expected to show an understanding of applications of quantitative methods in politics and sociology including the following. The principles of research design in social science: data collection; the logic of causal inference; and comparative method. Major statistical methods and concepts: types of random variables; independence, correlation and association; sampling theory; hypothesis testing; linear and non-linear regression models; event-history analysis; and time-series. Candidates will be expected to interpret statistical information and show familiarity with major methodological debates in political science and sociology.