In the 20th century, statistics became one of the central tools used in academia and the broader public to evaluate and communicate truths. Used correctly, statistics are an effective way to establish the existence of certain phenomenon. Nevertheless, statistics can also be skewed to persuade individuals of a particular position or belief. Since statistics have become such a common way of communicating information, it is essential for individuals to be able to distinguish when statistics are communicating helpful accurate information and when they are being skewed to prove a particular point. Therefore, this course is designed to equip students with the tools necessary to read statistics, evaluate their merit, and conduct simple data analyses. The course will focus primarily on statistical tools used in the social sciences and will require students to complete statistical exercises, analyze statistics used in the media, participate in class discussions, and conduct simple statistical analyses.

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