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Statistics for the Social Sciences

By Duke University | Brad R. Fulton

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This course provides an introduction to the quantitative methods social scientists use to collect and evaluate empirical data about society. Students will learn to gather, describe, and analyze data with an emphasis on the application and interpretation of these methods. This course incorporates data from the General Social Survey to enable students to analyze characteristics, behaviors, and trends of the U.S. population. It will also help students be more informed and critical readers of academic research, public opinion polling, and advertisement claims that present statistical evidence. While the techniques are quantitative, little mathematical experience is required. Sociology at Duke provides the opportunity to explore any and all aspects of society, from the most narrowly individual to the most sweeping comparisons across civilizations. Lecture slides and additional course material can be obtained by emailing

Customer Reviews

Very clear and engaging

It’s always refreshing to find stats professors that care about pedagogy. Prof Fulton takes time to explain complex concepts and uses varied forms of teaching to be sure students understand. This was a great refresher for me of the basics and I even learned the “whys” behind some concepts that were never fully explained in my own stats or econometrics courses.

Don’t forget you can email him and he’ll send you the supplemental teaching materials that go with the podcast!


This is an excellent intro to stats for the social sciences. Covers a lot of material in an engaging, accessible manner, and is particularly well-suited for someone with very little stats background. Also would seem to be a great way to gear up for a grad program in the social sciences. Highly recommend!

Excellent Intro to Basi Statistics

I really enjoyed how you taught the course and it was helpful for me to reorganize my lecture for the upcoming Fall.