Objectives and outline of the course: The objectives of the course are twofold. First, students will be introduced to the basic concepts of measurement and sampling. Then, students will get familiar with some elementary methods of data analysis.

Required readings:

  • Singleton, R. A. Jr. and Bruce C. Straits (1999): Approaches to Social Research. Third Edition. Oxford University Press: New York/Oxford.
  • Das Gupta, P. Standardization and decomposition of rates. A user’s manual. http://www.census.gov/popest/research/p23-186.pdf, pp. 1-7
  • P. J. Bickel, E. A. Hammel and J. W. O’Connell (1975): Sex Bias in Graduate Admissions: Data from BerkeleyScience, Vol. 187 no. 4175 pp. 398-404
  • Darrel Huff (1993): How to lie with statistics, W. W. Norton & Company

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