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PCP04/NAM-VII Statistical Analysis for social science 5 ECTS
Periods
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
Language of instruction
English
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Master's Degree Programme in Public Choice
North American Studies
School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student will be able to:

* understand the language of statistics, up through simple regression.
* evaluate causal statistical hypotheses through an appropriate critical lens.
* use the statistical package R.

General description

This course introduces students to the testing of causal hypotheses with statistical methods, focusing on social-science applications.  Causal inference in this setting requires melding the language of mathematical statistics with the reality of human decision-making.  Successfully testing a social-science hypothesis thus requires both facility with the mathematics, as well an understanding of how people actually behave.  This course gives students an introduction to the math, and experience in translating the math to reality.

The course is timed according to the scripted schedule of the masters’ program in Public Choice, and is tailored to the needs of that program.  As a result, non-PCP students should be aware that the course will proceed at a substantially faster pace than other courses.

The first week is the program’s Math Camp, consisting of 10 lecture hours (no quarters) and nightly group homework assignments.  The following three weeks form the Statistics component, consisting of 24 lecture hours (no quarters), twice-a-week group homework assignments, and a final exam.  The final mark comes from the Statistics component alone: 50% weight on homework, and 50% on the exam.

 

Enrolment for University Studies

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Teachers

AJ Bostian, Teacher responsible

Teaching

5-Sep-2016 – 27-Sep-2016
Lectures
Math Camp
Mon 5-Sep-2016 at 14-18, Pinni B3108
Wed 7-Sep-2016 at 16-18, Pinni A2088
Thu 8-Sep-2016 at 10-12, Pinni B3108
Fri 9-Sep-2016 at 14-16, Pinni B3108
Exercises
Mon 12-Sep-2016 at 14-16, Computer room in Virta building ML53
Tue 13-Sep-2016 at 15-17, Computer room in Virta building ML53
Wed 14-Sep-2016 at 10-12, Computer room in Virta building ML53
Thu 15-Sep-2016 at 10-12, Computer room in Virta building ML53
Fri 16-Sep-2016 at 14-16, Computer room in Virta building ML53
Mon 19-Sep-2016 at 14-16, Computer room in Virta building ML53
Tue 20-Sep-2016 at 15-17, Computer room in Virta building ML53
Wed 21-Sep-2016 at 10-12, Computer room in Virta building ML53
Thu 22-Sep-2016 at 10-12, Computer room in Virta building ML53
Fri 23-Sep-2016 at 14-16, Computer room in Virta building ML53
Mon 26-Sep-2016 at 14-16, Computer room in PinnniB building ML40
Tue 27-Sep-2016 at 16-18, Computer room in Virta building ML53

Study materials

The primary course materials are textbooks (the primary textbook is a mandatory purchase for PCP) and class notes.

In addition, each lecture period will include active-learning exercises, which involve students working together to solve questions on the fly.  These are intended to firm and clarify the students' understanding of the lecture topic.  The resulting “group spillover” effects are an integral part of the learning experience, and attendance is mandatory as a result.

Further information

Course in North American Studies: NAM-VII Methodology