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Archived Curricula Guide 2017–2019
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PCP04 Statistical Analysis for social science 5 ECTS
Organised by
Master's Degree Programme in Public Choice
North American Studies
Person in charge
Professor in North American Studies and visitor
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Curricula 2015 – 2017

General description

Data analysis with SPSS

Learning outcomes

The course is designed to teach students how to analyze data using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). The main idea behind the course is to teach how one can test a theory or a hypothesis using the proper statistical method. Students who want to use statistics in their thesis or find a job as a data/research/quantitative analyst may find this course useful.


The course mainly focuses on multivariate methods of data analysis. By the term multivariate methods we mean those techniques that are used to analyze data with more than one variable. Each lecture is divided in two parts. The first part teaches the theory behind a statistical test. We use fun and real-life examples to make the teaching of the theory as pleasant as possible. The second part takes place in a LAB where students will practice working with survey data using SPSS. Upon completion of the course students will know how to use descriptive statistics to analyze their data and also to conduct different types of statistical analysis e.g. correlations, simple and multiple linear regressions, regressions with dummies, regressions for categorical response variable etc. No prior knowledge in data analysis or SPSS is needed to successfully complete this course.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English
Written exam 
In English

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
Participation and a final exam divided in two parts. In the first part, students will have to take a multiple choice test. In the second part, students will have to perform an analysis using SPSS.

Study materials

Slides, internet sources, class notes.

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Social Sciences