Statistics and Society

STAT 11300



Intended to familiarize the student with basic statistical concepts and some of their applications in public and health policies as well as in social and behavioral sciences. No mathematics beyond simple algebra is needed, but quantitative skills are strengthened by constant use. Involves much reading, writing, and critical thinking through discussions on such topics as data ethics, public opinion polls and the political process, the question of causation, the role of government statistics, and dealing with chance in everyday life. Applications include public opinion polls, medical experiments, smoking and health, the consumer price index, state lotteries, and the like.

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STAT 11300 can be used for general education or as preparation for later methodology courses.